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Working visit of the Latin American Program to El Salvador

From October 28 to November 3, the Latin American Program (LAP) of the Auschwitz Institute visited El Salvador as part of the Prevention of Atrocities during the Latin American Migration Crisis – El Salvador project.

On November 1, 2022, AIPG held a meeting to present the Diagnosis Report of the Situation of Communities in Human Mobility in El Salvador, in the city of San Miguel. The event welcomed the participation of 24 representatives of civil society organizations from various localities (San Miguel, Metapán, Santa Ana, and La Unión), representatives from the Office of the Ombudsperson of El Salvador (PDDH) School of Human Rights, and the PDDH San Miguel. During the meeting, participants discussed potential activities to develop in the next project phase in 2023. The material developed during the first phase of the project in Spanish is available here.

Throughout the visit, the LAP team held in-person meetings with government and civil society representatives, such as the Ombudsman of El Salvador, the Director of the School of Human Rights of the PDDH, and the focal point of the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The travel agenda included visits to the Monument of Memory and Truth and the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI, where the Director of MUPI received the LAP team and provided an overview of the museum’s programmatic activities. These activities include the development of workshops with the accompaniment of teachers, students, doctors, researchers, and the local population for the dissemination of knowledge and the strengthening of collective memory. The LAP team later toured the Monument of Memory and Truth, which was built by local civil society organizations to honor the victims of armed conflicts between 1980 and 1991.

These working meetings and visits help create and strengthen new and lasting commitments and support on AIPG’s work with partners in El Salvador.