Alternative to Detention Pilot Program for unaccompanied migrant and asylum seeker children in Mexico

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This project built on the progress to date in developing and implementing a framework and shifting perspective on alternatives to immigration detention (ATD) in Mexico, with the specific aim of fostering sustainability and empowering local stakeholders towards building preventative and community-based ATD models for the longer term through collaborative initiatives.

Documentation on alternatives to detention

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International Detention Coalition (IDC) has documented diverse promising practices on alternatives to detention across Africa, from governments and NGOs, to generate momentum for rights-based practices. In 2017, IDC launched a research titled 'There are Alternatives : Africa' which documents promising practices in over 32 African countries. The report highlights some of the measures in place including laws, policies and practices in Africa that contribute to the effective and humane governance of migration, while avoiding the use of unnecessary immigration detention.

European Alternatives to Detention Network

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The European Alternatives to Detention Network (EATDN) is a group of NGOs that aims to end immigration detention in Europe. Established in 2017, it brings together civil society organisations implementing case management-based ATD (alternatives to detention) pilots in seven European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland and the UK) in partnership with regional-level and international organisations.

Expat Protection Centre (EPC)

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The Expat Protection Centre is a central hub of services operating (24/7), and provides a range of services to expatriate workers, including protection services, complaints and grievances, labour court submissions, as well as providing guidance and assistance to expatriate workers on labour related matters.
Expat Protection Centre houses:
1. National Committee for Combatting Trafficking in Persons (NCCTIPs).
2. NCCTIPs Shelter for Victims, Potential Victims of Trafficking, and Vulnerable Individuals (One for males and another for females).

National Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking in Persons (NRM)

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The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a process set up to identify, support, and follow up on victims and potential victims of trafficking, and any vulnerable individuals. It is a collaborative framework through which stakeholders fulfill their obligations to protect and promote the human rights of the trafficked -or vulnerable- individual in a timely manner, while coordinating all the efforts in a strategic national partnership. The system launched in 2016, and was fully digitalized in 2018, which operates according to a unified electronic system, linking the concerned authorities.

Regional Centre of Excellence and Capacity Building for Combatting Trafficking in Persons

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Labour Market Regulatory Authority's Regional Centre of Excellence and Capacity Building for Combatting Trafficking in Persons (RCoE) is a specialized centre that is responsible for developing regional-specific modules and training material on combating trafficking in persons and victim assistance, in addition to delivering sessions and workshops, regionally. RCoE targets first responders from government and non-government entities to the crime of trafficking in persons, as well as practitioners who deal with victims of trafficking in persons.

Victims of Trafficking Assistance Fund

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Labour Market Regulatory Authority provides grants to victims and potential victims of trafficking, through the Victim of Trafficking Assistance Fund. It is a financial assistance aid to ease the effort required in rebuilding their lives.
Two forms of aid can be availed:
- Monthly allowance to VOTs (whose presence is required by the court) and to PVOTs (who voluntarily cooperate with the Public Prosecution).
- Grant to aid with victims reintegration into society.

Witnesses and Victims of Trafficking in Persons Protection Office

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The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has initiated procedures for establishing an office for the protection of victims and witnesses in cases of Trafficking in Persons. The office will act as a focal point with the Public Prosecution's Office and will look into protection requests. It aims at protecting victims and witnesses from psychological and material damage throughout Public Prosecution procedures.

National Observatory of Migration and Health

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In response to the migratory crisis that Colombia has experienced since 2015 due to the migratory flow from Venezuela. Taking into account the need that the Colombian State has to consolidate at the national level timely, and pertinent information on the characterization of the migrant population. Its situation of health, and access to health for the formulation, implementation, and monitoring of health care programs, strategies, and projects. The Ministry of Health, and Social Protection launched on December 2th, 2020 the National Observatory of Migration and Health.

Not for Sale Campaign

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Joint-funded by the UK Home Office and Department for International Development, and led by the Government Communication Service International, the ‘Not for Sale’ campaign had three objectives:

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