Save the Children launches a project to protect children victims of human trafficking and migrant smuggling

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This new initiative promoted by Save the Children aims to protect and promote the rights of children, adolescents, youth, and women, who are in risk or are victims of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 6.3 million children and adolescents are migrants or refugees, and of these, 62% have been victims of trafficking and other forms of exploitation during the migratory route, according to figures from the United Nations.

The structural violence, the lack of economic opportunities and the conflicts that characterize the region mean that thousands of children, adolescents, young people, and women are forced to migrate in an insecure way and at risk of being victims of human trafficking.

In this context, Save the Children and the Paniamor Foundation, with the financial support of the European Union, launch the project "Towards a united society against trafficking and migrants smuggling " that aims to comprehensively protect and defend the rights of children, young people and women at risk or victims of human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

This regional initiative, which will benefit 25,000 children, adolescents, young people and women from vulnerable communities, will be carried out for two years in six countries of Central America and the Caribbean.

At the local level, we will work in more than 40 communities in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to strengthen the local protection system and sensitize the population about the risks and dangers to which they are exposed. Likewise, we will promote compliance with national protocols and laws so that they can be implemented in the communities.

Victoria Ward, Regional Director of Save the Children in Latin America and the Caribbean said "Our priority will be that children are protected and informed about the risks, and above all, we will focus our efforts on public officials to provide adequate care and protection for victims. "

At the national level, the project will strengthen capacities and improve the coordination of state institutions and civil society organizations for the prevention, protection, and care of victims of human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants. These national actions will be reinforced at the regional level, along with the implementation of advocacy actions to monitor the implementation of guidelines and protocols for trafficking in persons and illegal trafficking of migrants.