From 18 – 20 November, ISS travelled to Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, to undertake an initial joint mission with UNICEF and RELAF, aimed at identifying the current situation of child protection and alternative care in the state of Baja California, including for children on the move.
During the mission, ISS was able to visit public and private children's homes – caring for considerable numbers and profiles of children, to meet with state and local child protection and migration authorities, as well as to exchange information with NGOs and international organisations active in this field.
RELAF and ISS also delivered a workshop, which focused on the protection of children separated from their families and in alternative care. This workshop – attended by over 30 professionals – was an opportunity to share ISS's eight suggested steps for the determination of sustainable and quality care for children on the move.
The latter was also an opportunity to ensure that any efforts in care reform contribute to the development of a local and national strategy in this regard and are in line with international standards. This initial visit will be followed up by other visits in 2020 to design a roadmap for their implementation.