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Já fizemos menção neste blog ao Programa Nacional de Direitos Humanos (PNDH3), mas ainda não havíamos indicado o link para acesso ao documento. Vale a leitura, sobretudo em função das discussões que se desdobraram na mídia referente ao di…
Já fizemos menção neste blog ao Programa Nacional de Direitos Humanos (PNDH3), mas ainda não havíamos indicado o link para acesso ao documento. Vale a leitura, sobretudo em função das discussões que se desdobraram na mídia referente ao direito à memória e à verdade (eixo orientador VI). Todavia, muitos outros aspectos das políticas públicas em Direitos Humanos encontram-se ali normatizados – http://bit.ly/9kYNC8
HAITI -IOM Psychosocial Assistance Helps Thousands of Earthquake SurvivorsNICARAGUA – IOM Works with Public and Private Sectors to Reintegrate Victims of Trafficking HAITI -IOM Psychosocial Assistance Helps Thousands of Earthquake Survivors- IOM m…
HAITI -IOM Psychosocial Assistance Helps Thousands of Earthquake Survivors
NICARAGUA – IOM Works with Public and Private Sectors to Reintegrate Victims of Trafficking
HAITI -IOM Psychosocial Assistance Helps Thousands of Earthquake Survivors– IOM mobile psychosocial teams this week launched a major new push to help Haitians cope with the stress caused by the January 12 earthquake, and the daily challenges of survival and rebuilding.
Over the second week of March, IOM held a series of fun-filled opening ceremonies in settlements throughout Port-au-Prince; featuring local dance troops, the start of community conversations, and kite-making workshops.
IOM’s work is a creative approach to support the emotional wellbeing of Haitians through culture and craft. Eighteen entertainers from Tchaka Dance joined 30 IOM staff members in six 5-person mobile teams, reaching an estimated 5,000 people in a total of 23 sites. Each IOM team had a psychologist, social worker, artistic animators, and a team leader.
Opening week activities included the “Vallée de Bourdon” camp, home to approximately 700 families, a trek beyond the main road of Bourdon, Port-au-Prince.
The area, which can only be reached by foot down steep steps, was devastated by the earthquake, and is currently home to 700 families living in tents and temporary shelters.
Jean-Junior Desrisier, the IOM mobile team leader in Vallée de Bourdon, says the team divided the community into three groups. A social worker and psychologist helped adults to develop a support network; children were entertained by the Tchaka dance troop; while educators helped youth express themselves through kite making.
A group of 120 children – amongst them 7-year old Clerville Richna, who lost her home – sang and laughed as the Tchaka dance troop taught them new dance moves, and sang in Creole: “Children do you like our country; yes we do; let us put our heads together to rebuild it”.
The Tchaka Dance troop has 25 years experience in training Haitian youth in folkloric activities and dance, and is working with IOM to lead cultural activities at each camp.
Jean Robert, of Tchaka, said: “We travelled from camp to camp after the earthquake, and noticed many children were not playing, and adults were sad, so we felt that we needed to do something. This collaboration with IOM is helping us put a smile back on children’s faces, and entertains adults. This is our way of contributing.”
After the January 12 earthquake, hundreds of thousands of Haitian have been mourning the loss of loved ones and their homes, with many forced to live on the streets or in ad-hoc settlements. Some 1.2 million people are estimated to have been displaced.
IOM’s therapeutic activities aim to help communities preserve and rebuild former relationships – including the traditional Haitian concept of “lakou”, a place where families gather and chat.
Audette Phanor, a mother who lost her house, said: “I am looking forward to next week so we can set up a women’s group to help each other.” As she watched he daughter dancing she said “It feels good watching her smiling again, and I didn’t even know she could dance.”
Youth groups have asked IOM to help them organize a weekly remembrance of those they have lost in the quake. Ossine Richner, an IOM educator, said: “Everyone can participate: the children through song, dance, the youth in a more artistic way can showcase their talent, and adults through education, to find a way to deal with their emotions.”
The programme, which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), is carried out in cooperation with partner agencies working in the field of mental health and psychosocial support. It aims to provide comprehensive psychosocial first aid to some 150,000 individuals and follow-up counselling for up to 10,000 distressed individuals over the next five months.
For more information, please contact Bertrand Martin at IOM Port-au-Prince, Tel+509 3859 8619; email email@example.com
NICARAGUA – IOM Works with Public and Private Sectors to Reintegrate Victims of Trafficking – A new IOM pilot project, funded by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration (PRM), will bring together the private and public sectors in Chinandega, a poor agricultural area northwest of Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, to ensure the successful economic reintegration of victims of trafficking, and to build the capacity of local government officials and community organizations working with women.
To identify employment opportunities for the victims of trafficking who have returned home with IOM assistance, IOM and local partners will conduct a mapping exercise to identify NGOs, civil organizations, cooperatives and other groups in Chinandega.
Besides Chinandega, where IOM has been assisting victims of trafficking for the past three years, the project will expand to include the border areas of Somoto and Ocotal.
In the past three years IOM Nicaragua has provided return and reintegration assistance to 64 young Nicaraguan women who had been trafficked to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico for sexual exploitation.
“There is still a lot of work ahead of us. The capacity building that this new phase of the project will provide to local authorities is vital to fight the traffickers,” explains Brenda De Trinidad, IOM Counter Trafficking Project Coordinator in Nicaragua.
At a local information fair aimed at raising awareness against domestic violence, four young women assisted by the IOM project, handed out flyers and spoke to the public about the dangers of falling victim to traffickers who prey on poverty, unemployment and lack of information and offer young women bogus jobs in neighbouring countries.
De Trinidad adds, “A vivid example of the need for more capacity and resources is the story of a mother who received a phone call from her daughter who had been trafficked to Guatemala. She realized that it was up to her to rescue her daughter, and so she travelled to the neighbouring country, freed her daughter from her captors and brought her home.”
The IOM project also provides medical and psychosocial assistance, as well as vocational training.
“These young women are very courageous, many of them managed to flee very dangerous situations; they are depressed and desperate because they have no way to make a living. So IOM’s assistance must provide the means for them to heal and successfully reintegrate from a social and economic standpoint,” explains Berta Fernandez, IOM Chief of Mission in Nicaragua.
Nicaragua is a country of origin for women and children trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labour. Women and young girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation within the country and outside its borders primarily to Guatemala and El Salvador, and in smaller numbers to Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Venezuela, Spain, and the United States. Children are trafficked within the country for forced labour in construction, agriculture, fishing, and domestic servitude.
For more information, please contact IOM Nicaragua, Brenda de Trinidad; Tel: +505.278.9569; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
O debate online de lançamento revista Diálogos n 6, do Conselho Federal de Psicologia, cujo tema é Álcool e Outras Drogas, está agendado para o dia 17 de março de 2010, s 19 horas, e poderá ser acessado na páginawww.pol.org.br. Estão …
Esta publicação do Conselho Federal de Psicologia reúne as comunicações ocorridas em Brasília no ano passado, as quais tiveram como eixo o projeto denominado ‘depoimento sem dano’. Neste post gostaríamos de destacar dois artigos: o de Wanderlino N…
Esta publicação do Conselho Federal de Psicologia reúne as comunicações ocorridas em Brasília no ano passado, as quais tiveram como eixo o projeto denominado ‘depoimento sem dano’. Neste post gostaríamos de destacar dois artigos: o de Wanderlino Neto e o de Lucíola Macedo. O primeiro, esclarece questões importantes para o entendimento das bases conceituais do Sistema de Garantia de Direitos (SGD) e também correlaciona seus argumentos com uma análise muito importante sobre os desafios de práticas interdisciplinares e seus congêneres em um contexto que seja marcado pela prevalência dos Direitos Humanos. Nesse sentido, podemos estabelecer uma ligação com posts recentes nos quais houve destaque para esse mesmo tema. O segundo artigo faz uma aproximação muito interessante entre as situações de violência vividas por crianças e aquelas traçadas por autores que se inscrevem na chamada ‘Literatura do Testemunho’. A partir do modo como a memória e a lembrança é tratada por esses autores, o artigo busca apontar alguns impasses que podem decorrer da tentativa de livrar a memória de sua parte constitutiva de esquecimento e reconstrução: http://bit.ly/9TUD5V
O jornalista Elio Gaspari publicou hoje em sua coluna nota sobre o estado do sistema penitenciário do Espírito Santo. Segundo informa, o caso será discutido em Genebra, no próximo dia 15, em um painel paralelo reunião do Conselho de Direit…
O jornalista Elio Gaspari publicou hoje em sua coluna nota sobre o estado do sistema penitenciário do Espírito Santo. Segundo informa, o caso será discutido em Genebra, no próximo dia 15, em um painel paralelo à reunião do Conselho de Direitos Humanos da ONU.