Violence has a negative impact on all aspects of people’s lives— physical, emotional, economic, social, and political—and is a key driver for forced migration from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Children, youth, and women suffer the most from the impact of violence. Despite pandemic lockdowns and social distance restrictions—and a slight decrease in homicides—news about homicides, disappearances, and recently, the increase of violence against women and children, make the headlines of country newspapers every day. This diminishes the fragile hope for a better future of the Central American people.
The Need for Resilient Development in Central America
Now more than ever, Central America is in need of resilient development and substantial foreign assistance. Central America has attained several development milestones in the past decades, such as poverty reduction and decreased child mortality. However, without resilience the country, community and individual levels, these gains are at risk of succumbing to existing vulnerabilities in the region that have been exacerbated by the pandemic and the impact of the hurricanes in late 2020. Act now to ensure stability and responsiveness in Central America!
We need a holistic plan to keep migrant children safe
U.S. immigration policy is inadequate to protect the children at our southern border. We need to address the root causes of migration and prioritize safety.
Migration update: Agreements must uphold safety
The U.S. government implemented safe third country agreements with Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to stem migration, but our strategy must prioritize safety.
June update: refugees, girls, and the border
In June, World Vision volunteer advocates raised their voices to keep girls in school, end violence against children, promote peace, and support refugees. Check out our advocacy impact!
Advocate update: U.S. aid to Central America
U.S. foreign assistance to Central American countries fights the root causes of migration and empowers communities in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. World Vision advocates will continue to speak out against cuts to these funds.
What is happening to migrant children at the border?
Migrant children at the U.S. border are being held in harsh conditions, and World Vision is urging Congress to create a bipartisan solution — now.
Prioritizing children on the move and alone
Children being held at the U.S. border already face difficult conditions, and the decision to cut education, recreation, and legal services will make conditions worse. World Vision is working to protect the well-being of all God’s children.
World Vision advocacy accomplishments in May
World Vision advocates had big wins in May! Their efforts contributed to two different bills that would protect those in poverty around the world.
This bill addresses the root causes of migration and gives hope to Central America
Nate Lance saw first-hand how World Vision’s programs are bringing hope to the communities plagued by violence, impunity, and poverty.