Honduras migration

Irregular Migrant Assistance Center of Honduras

Irregular Migrant Assistance Center of Honduras

The present government in Honduras is firmly dedicated to dignifying every individual involved in a migratory process, regardless of whether they do so with documentation or irregularly.

“Understanding that Human Rights revolve around human dignity, it is the responsibility of the State to ensure this essential condition,” affirms INM.

The National Institute of Migration has established the Human Rights and Migrant Assistance Management to monitor the compliance with the protection of human rights for migrants in irregular situations, especially those with international protection needs and in vulnerable situations.



Image Credit: Instituto Nacional de Migracion, Honduras.



The overall goal of this Management is to promote and protect the human rights of migrants through immediate, efficient, and dignified care with inclusive practices, allowing them to continue their journey or, if necessary, have a dignified return to their countries of origin, in accordance with Migration and Foreigner Law and its Regulations, as well as Public Policy and the National Action Plan on Human Rights.




Description Of The Process Of Reception And Care Of Irregular Migrants In Transit At The Cami

Reception of Voluntarily or Referred Individuals

The designated inspector from the competent authority of the custody group or institution representative formalizes the transfer of custody to the CAMI TONCONTIN General Inspection.

The personnel organizes migrants at the entrance, verifies their documents and belongings, and explains the assistance process, including migration procedures, rights, obligations, and cooperation instructions.



Image Credit: Instituto Nacional de Migracion, Honduras.



Identification of Profiles at Risk

Based on international human rights law, Human Rights officers determine if migrants have urgent needs (medical assistance), such as unaccompanied minors, pregnant women, family units, people with health problems or disabilities, and vulnerable individuals.

Those in need of help or protection are immediately transferred to the Human Rights and Migrant Assistance Management for support, protection measures, and referrals to other internal INM departments or external institutions.




Assistance Services Provided in CAMIs Through this Management

With courtesy and efficiency, migrants receive immediate assistance in basic needs, including guidance on the assistance process, health care, accommodation (coordinated with related organizations), medication, snacks, personal hygiene kits, clothing kits, courtesy calls to restore contact with relatives, psychological counseling, biometric registration, legal advice, and security within CAMIs.

Biometric Control

Inspectors assigned by the Inspection Department conduct biometric registration and interviews for all irregular migrants in CAMIs, prioritizing those with preferential needs.

For children under fourteen, biometric control without fingerprints is conducted, while those over fourteen undergo biometric registration with fingerprints and photographs.



Vulnerability Interview Application:

After biometric control, INM inspectors transfer migrants to Human Rights officers who, using a vulnerability form, identify if they are economic migrants or have international protection needs. They also document any violations during their journey.



Authorization for Departure or Custody

Migrants are informed that they have five days to leave the country or regularize their stay. They are then photographed in groups for border management and control.

Afterward, they are told the process is complete, and they can leave. Cases requiring additional investigations are referred to CAMI Altos de Toncontin for custody.

Persons with Protection Needs Attended Include:

Unaccompanied or separated children and adolescents, children and adolescents with other vulnerability conditions, refugees and asylum seekers, extra-continental migrants, victims of violence during migration, victims of human trafficking, women victims of sexual or gender-based violence, and pregnant women traveling alone.


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