After one of the most serious migratory crisis periods that has occurred in the state of Baja California, Governor Marina del Pilar presented a series of concrete actions to mainly benefit the most vulnerable immigrant members: girls, boys, and teenagers, to whom she provided protection, as well as dignified treatment while respecting their human rights.
During the Second Ordinary Session of the Commission for the Protection of Migrant Girls, Boys, and Teenagers and Asylum Seekers in Baja California, the state government submitted the 2023 Diagnosis and Work Plan.
The plan includes constant and permanent surveillance to find out firsthand the needs of these areas, that are covered in cooperation with the three levels of government and with aid from international organizations.
Marina del Pilar highlighted the coordination among agencies to deal with these issues, from the Secretariat of Education, the Secretariat of Wellbeing, the Sanitary Jurisdiction, the State System of Comprehensive Family Development (DIF), and the Integrating Center of Migrants (CIM).
In addition, this gets added to the joint efforts by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Marina del Pilar highlighted that education, food, psychological assistance, and risk prevention needs are being handled, in cooperation with consular authorities from the native countries of these people regarding mobility. All of this in order to carry out a consular fair to benefit children and teenagers that were born in Mexico, so that they can get their ID papers.
For his part, the Secretary of the Interior of Baja California, Catalino Zavala Márquez, stated that since November 2021 when this administration took office, immediate communication has been held with the 32 shelters of the municipality of Tijuana, 14 in Mexicali, and 2 in Ensenada.
The state official added that, due to fluctuations in migration processes at the border, in the 46 shelters of the state, around 1,300 children and teenagers are being taken care of regarding mobility, most of which are in the municipality of Tijuana.
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