Announcements / July 2016

USCRI attends High Level Roundtable on Central American humanitarian crisis

On 6-7 July 2016 USCRI attended the High Level Roundtable titled  “Call to Action: Protection Needs in the Northern Triangle of Central America,” in San José, Costa Rica which was co-chaired by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Organization of American States.  The Roundtable was the first of its kind because it focused on the humanitarian crisis of Central Americans.   It brought together governments, UN organizations and key actors from the humanitarian and development sectors at the national and regional level, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and leading NGOs.

The Roundtable was opened with words from Vice President of Costa Rica Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, the UNHCR’s High Commissioner Filippo Grandi and the Secretary General of the OAS.  The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Dr. Chaloka Beyani  highlighted the severity of the crisis in Central America and testified that there are 7.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in the region, with 1.5 million just in the past year.    USCRI shared its knowledge and expertise from its work in the region through its San Salvador office which assists repatriated unaccompanied minors.

 

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USCRI’s Eskinder Negash, Senior Vice President for Global Engagement & Esmeralda Lopez, Advocacy Officer.

The Roundtable was brought together to explore opportunities for a coordinated regional response.   Shared responsibility of the countries was a major theme. The Roundtable culminated with agreements including:

  • Ensuring access to asylum and increasing services for the reception of asylum-seekers and refugees;
  • Strengthening opportunities for self-reliance and local integration of refugees, including through investments of development funding;
  • Enhancing regional cooperation and partnership through increased responsibility-sharing, including increased engagement by civil society organizations.

USCRI will continue to work to advocate and work with the UNHCR to ensure people in need of protection get it.

Read more about our work in Central America here.

 

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