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Inauguration of IOM Center for Unaccompanied Children and Vulnerable Migrants
Charge’ D’affaires Andrea Tomaszewicz was present at the inauguration of the first shelter for unaccompanied children and vulnerable migrants in Djibouti on June 20, 2022. This project provides potentially life-saving services for this especially vulnerable group of young migrants. The opening of the Center today is another expression of Djibouti’s support to all those who come through their country and need help. It is also a testament to the good things that come from enduring partnerships.
The Ministry of Women and Family and Ministry of Interior are at the forefront of implementing the Djiboutian government’s vision to serve the poorest and neediest in Djibouti city. In collaboration with both ministries, the United States and European Union joined with IOM to develop this project. These services include mental health and medical support, legal assistance, as well as the provision of food, shelter, and clothes, to name a few.
The United States shares Djibouti’s commitment to preventing trafficking in persons. Every year, thousands of migrants, including children, transit through Djibouti and are vulnerable to exploitation. In Djibouti’s new center, the protection services provided will complement the other efforts to combat trafficking in persons in Djibouti. Trafficking victims will be referred to relevant agencies and ministries within the government of Djibouti and receive the assistance they need.