Brochures, posters, and radio spots give migrants access to life-saving, practical and useful information throughout their journey #infoisaid

Over the last two years, National Societies from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) regional delegation in Mexico, have produced and collectively distributed over 30,000 pocket-size, self-help brochures to migrants traveling through the region. Printed onto synthetic, foldable, and waterproof paper, the brochure includes life-saving, practical and useful information.

On one side of the brochure, migrants can find advice on how to keep in touch with family, address potential health issues while on the road, travel safely at night, or seek legal advice by calling the relevant institutions (telephone numbers have been provided).

The reverse side includes a map of Central America, pinpointing locations and addresses of shelters, soup kitchens, Red Cross offices and places from where the migrants can make free phone calls. The map, which is popular amongst migrants, stretches from Panama to the Mexico-United States border.

In shelters and mobile clinics, posters reflecting the above coupled with information on Restoring Family Links service provided by the Red Cross, are also displayed. These posters include emergency phone numbers including information on how to call Red Cross-run assistance posts, free of charge. These aids have been shared on Facebook and through other organizations working with migrants in the region.

To contribute to the protection of migrants, the ICRC has produced a series of radio spots with practical advice for migrants in local languages.

“This is a prevention information project,” says Maria Puy Serra, the Regional Communication Coordinator, “The fact is that people migrate, and once they do, we just want to make sure that we reduce, their vulnerabilities as much as we can.”

The advice for migrants, and the humanitarian action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement does not prevent or advocate migration. The aim of the information provided is to reduce factors that may contribute to the vulnerability of the migrant population and protect them along the migration route.