A View from the Field: Migration in Honduras
Honduras, a Central American nation of 8.4 million people, has had close security and economic ties with the United States for many years. Currently, one of the central concerns in bilateral relations is migration, as more than 530,000 Hondurans reside in the United States, over half of whom are undocumented. Nearly 41,000 Hondurans were deported from the U.S. in FY2014, making Honduras one of the top recipients of deportees on a per capita basis. Increasing deportations from the U.S. have been accompanied by similar increases in deportations from Mexico.
This past July, a group of human rights and migrant rights experts from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia undertook a verification mission in Honduras organized by Project Counselling Services (PCS) to analyze the human rights situation of Honduran migrants. The mission met with Honduran government officials; the U.S. and Mexican ambassadors, UNHCR and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights officials and other diplomats; faith, humanitarian and child protection workers who provide services to deported migrants; associations of families of disappeared migrants; Afro-Honduran leaders; and human rights and civil society organizations. The mission visited the Guatemalan/Honduran border and reception centers for child, adolescent and adult migrants.
Please join us as members of the verification mission share their observations regarding the conditions faced by migrants deported from Mexico and the U.S.; the status of programs in Honduras for reception and reintegration of migrants; factors driving emigration from Honduras; issues that affect access to asylum and other international protections; and the serious abuses of human rights that migrants are experiencing throughout the migrant route. The panelists will also share their recommendations directed at the Honduran, Mexican and U.S. governments and other members of the international community.
For any questions, please contact Kimberly Stanton (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or Kimberly.Stanton@mail.house.gov or Carson Middleton (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 or Carson.Middleton@mail.house.gov.
Father Juan Luis Carbajal, Executive Secretary, National Migration Pastoral Program for the Guatemalan Bishops’ Conference
Sister Lidia Mara Souza, Executive Secretary, National Migration Pastoral Program for the Honduran Bishops’ Conference
Patricia Montes, Executive Director, Centro Presente, Boston, and Board Member, National Alliance of Latino and Caribbean Communities (NALAAC)
Rep. James P. McGovern, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Rep. Eliot L. Engel
Lisa Haugaard, Executive Director, Latin America Working Group
Congressional Research Service, Unaccompanied Children from Central America: Foreign Policy Considerations, 10 February 2015
Executive Summary Final Report of International Verification Mission on Rights of Honduran Migrants, September 2015