Started Working in Mexico
Direct Beneficiaries & Program Participants
(Women & Girls)
Indirect Beneficiaries & Program Participants
Since 2017, RET has directly supported more than 22K direct beneficiaries in Mexico, 48% of them are vulnerable women, and indirectly benefitted more than 200K beneficiaries, throughout 8 projects focused on Protection (including Child Protection and Gender-based Violence Prevention & Assistance), Education, Economic Growth & Development (including Livelihoods programs), Youth Development, and Nutrition & Food Security…
Since 2017, RET has been a strategic partner of UNHCR in Mexico, providing humanitarian assistance and strengthening vulnerable families in Tapachula and Palenque, state of Chiapas; Tenosique, state of Tabasco; Acayucan, Oluta, Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz City, Xalapa and Tierra Blanca, state of Veracruz. As of February 2019, RET also became a UNICEF partner, implementing an emergency program to assist children on Mexico’s south border (Tapachula, Chiapas).
Mexico is characterized as a country of origin, transit, destination, and return. Migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, and victims of human trafficking all transit through what has become one of the world’s largest migration corridors.
RET’s interventions responded to the problems brought forth by the unprecedented arrival of families to Mexico’s southern border, fleeing gang-based violence in their home countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. A lack of basic necessities, access to schools, child labor, refugee application processes, and organized crime are examples of what displaced populations face. In contrast, both internal and external displaced people have to contend with complex integration issues.
As part of its programs to strengthen the resilience of refugee families, RET provided holistic protection, case management, and multi-sectorial services that aim to improve their integration in the host community. The program targeted teachers to strengthen their knowledge and awareness of child protection and prevention and response to SGBV. This approach sought to transform schools into safe spaces for children and adolescents in need of international protection.
RET’s child protection experience consisted of providing psychosocial support to accompanied and unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents in “Friendly Spaces” in Mapastepec and Suchiate. RET provided psychosocial support in shelters for migrants and at the Migration Station in Tapachula, Chiapas state, and public schools. The methodology involved strengthening teachers’ and education personal’s knowledge and awareness of child protection and prevention and response to SGBV. In 2019 the process included developing and implementing recreational, artistic, and sports activities with a psychosocial focus.
Gender-based Violence Prevention & Mitigation
RET began implementing GBV in October 2018 in the cities where there is a gender alert due to the number of femicide crimes (State of Veracruz: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Acayucan, and Oluta; State of Tabasco: Tenosique; State of Chiapas: Palenque). RET’s experience consisted of identifying and referring to specialized services for individuals, couples to support group psychological care, utilizing a diagnostic instrument on violent situations. RET has experience implementing violence prevention workshops, creating support groups for women to strengthen the internal emotional resources of survivors to reduce violence, and formulating Support Groups for men and training in “New Masculinities” to minimize cases of violence against women.
RET started our activities in Mexico in March 2017 with the Humanitarian Assistance Project in partnership with UNHCR. However, in May 2018, our donor decided to deliver in all states of the Southern Border. In October 2019, RET restarted the delivery of CBI in Tapachula, state of Chiapas.
RET in Mexico has experience in registration, interviewing for the detection of primary needs of the population of interest, the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and follow-up cases following UNHCR’s rules of operation.
A cooperation between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), UNHCR, and RET in Mexico consisted of protecting against abuse, exploitation, and violence of adolescents and young people (12-25 years old) seeking refugee status, and vulnerable Mexicans. RET used sport and other recreational activities to increase resilience and life skills, thus impacting participants’ well-being and protection. RET implemented youth development projects in 5 different cities: Tapachula, Palenque, Tenosique, Acayucan, and Oluta. The work was done through a survey on preferences, skills, and hobbies that made it possible to determine the sports activities to be implemented with young people. Moreover, RET raised awareness and provided orientation for parents and caregivers for the development of sports training. RET held life skills camp, sports tournaments and implemented socio-cultural initiatives; eventually, RET formed youth clubs to sustain the actions’ future sustainability. The work focused on improving the participants’ emotional state and was mainstreamed with the education and livelihood components.
Since July 2017, RET has been implementing an education component in 4 cities of the country (Tapachula, Palenque, Tenosique, and Acayucan). The work consisted of the orientation and support for access and permanence in the Mexican educational system for children, adolescents, young people, and adults interested in continuing their studies; educational activities also complemented the formal education component. In tandem with raising teachers’ awareness of rights issues.
RET’s approach consisted of: (a) guidance for parents and caregivers on the functioning of the Mexican education system and the right to education in Mexico; (b) financial support from the UNHCR for payment of registration fees, fees for validation of studies, and other complementary support; (c) implementation of various strategies for academic upgrading and strengthening for children and adolescents (homework club, reading, writing and mathematics workshops, art workshops to prevent children from falling behind and dropping out of school, reading club, etc.); and (d) implementation of socio-educational initiatives in coordination with schools, teachers, and parents/caregivers.
Since 2017, RET has been implementing a livelihood component in 4 cities (Tapachula, Palenque, Tenosique, and Acayucan). The work consisted of improving refugees’ employment profile, providing guidance/counseling and monitoring cases, and accessing employment opportunities in various locations.
RET’s approach for self-reliance consisted of a) Social training that focused on generating or developing personal and social skills, emphasizing aspects such as self-esteem, decision-making, empowerment, and emotion management. The final product of this training was the drafting of the Life Plan and was carried out in coordination with the psychosocial support component; b) Technical and/or vocational training aimed at strengthening employment profiles; c) Advice on employment opportunities and links with existing job centers; d) Training and awareness-raising for potential local employers on the inclusion of the population of interest in the labor market.
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