On the occasion of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) High Level Roundtable in San Pedro Sula, Honduras held yesterday, October 26th, the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) joins other U.S. based civil society organizations in calling on governments of the region and international donors to devise responses to the crises in the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) that address international protection needs, vulnerable populations, and root causes of migration and displacement, and that provide for the needs of returning migrants.
The joint recommendations call on the U.S. government to ensure:
• access to asylum and refugee resettlement,
• policies and practices appropriate to the vulnerabilities and protection needs and rights of families and unaccompanied children,
• decisions regarding Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that carefully consider both the human consequences of ending these programs, as well as the negative consequences of ending them on the security situation in Central America,
• sustained U.S. commitment to support meaningful efforts to address the root causes of migration and displacement, and
• the development of programs to support repatriated migrants who can return safely.
Full recommendations here.