The USCRI El Salvador field office opened in 2015. In 2016, USCRI, recognizing the need to assist the deported Salvadoran teens and young adults in their home country, created the Livelihoods Program in El Salvador. The program provides training and employment opportunities to youth who have been repatriated from the United States back to El Salvador, giving them the tools to re-establish their lives. The program focuses on offering alternatives to repeated migration. By providing opportunities for further education and employment, the USCRI Livelihoods Program supports youth in rebuilding their lives and contributing to economic development in their home country.

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Program Coordinator: Eunice Olán

Phone: +5 037-685-0804

Email: [email protected]

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  • Raising Awareness: USCRI El Salvador conducts outreach activities to families, businesses, and government agencies in order to raise awareness about the phenomenon of youth returnees and how communities can better support them
  • Labor Market Insertion: Upon completion of technical training programs, or based on previous professional experience and skills, youth returnees are paired with local businesses for a three-month work placement, for which USCRI provides a half-salary scheme for the employer of the youth returnees
  • Technical Training: In collaboration with local NGOs and government agencies, USCRI El Salvador assesses the local market exigencies and interests of returnees before assisting them in identifying relevant training courses so that they may expand their employment opportunities by acquiring competitive skills in the job market
  • Case Management: Youth returnees are accompanied by case managers for a five-month period, during which they are provided assistance in career development, technical training, and labor market insertion as well as referrals to education, health, and other social services