Latin America & Caribbean

HIAS works in 9 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean helping displaced people rebuild their lives.

HIAS case managers and mental health officers talk about gender-based violence with Venezuelan migrants in La Isla Neighborhood in Barranquilla, Colombia, July 7, 2022. (Federico Rios Escobar for HIAS)

Overview

HIAS’ primary purpose in Latin America and the Caribbean is to protect and respond to the needs of refugees, asylum seekers, and other forcibly displaced people. We work in Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Aruba, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru through more than 60 field offices, mainly in border and remote locations by providing legal protection, community mental health and psychosocial services, gender-based violence protection, and economic inclusion support.

The region is experiencing the largest and most complex displacement crisis in recent history. It’s estimated that more than 20 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict, violence, or persecution in the region, representing about 18 percent of the number of displaced people globally.

Cristina Garcia, Director
Ignasi Calbo, Deputy Director

HIAS in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Impact Stories

WATCH: Earning a Dignified Living

HIAS’ economic inclusion programs ensure that refugees have safe economic opportunities to earn sustainable income and rebuild their lives in dignity.

VIDEO: When people flee violence and persecution, they leave their whole lives behind and have to start over from scratch. Learn how refugees around the world are not only rebuilding their lives and careers, but also giving back to their new communities.

Learn about an entrepreneurship school in Perú

HIAS Peru’s entrepreneurship school  welcomes gender-based violence survivors and women living at a greater risk of violence and helps them succeed economically and socially.

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A mural at HIAS Peru’s entrepreneurship school, which welcomes gender-based violence survivors and women living at a greater risk of violence to help them succeed economically and socially. (HIAS Peru)

An App That Helps Get Refugees into the Workplace

HIAS partners with SkillLab, which develops technology to help refugees integrate into local labor markets, to promote economic integration for refugees in Ecuador, Peru, and Panama.

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María Esther Gaona  at her home in Quito, Ecuador. She is the beneficiary of HIAS graduation model approach program.

María Esther Gaona, at her home in Quito, Ecuador in 2021, is a beneficiary of HIAS’ graduation model approach program. (Isadora Romero for HIAS)

Supporting Our Response

HIAS’ work in Latin America and the Caribbean is supported by the following donors and partners.

 

UNHCR

PRM

BHA

AECID

ECHO

GIZ

DEVCO

 

HIAS is proud to be part of regional cooperatives.

 

R4V Platform

REDLAC

LAC Intersectoral MHPSS Collaborative Group

Girls Not Brides

Coalition LAC RMD

Regional Network of Civil Organizations for Migration

ICVA

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Fillipo Grandi joined HIAS Ecuador on World Refugee Day in Quito on June 21, 2021. (HIAS Ecuador)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Fillipo Grandi joined HIAS Ecuador on World Refugee Day in Quito on June 21, 2021. (HIAS Ecuador)

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