El Salvador has among the highest levels of internal displacement in Latin America driven by criminal gangs’ threats, extortions, and assassinations. This internal displacement is often a precursor to U.S.-bound irregular migration if internal migrants are unable to find safety elsewhere within the country. At the IAF, we support community-led approaches to enhance peace and security. In five municipalities in El Salvador and one in Honduras, our grantee partner Cristosal works with local organizations and municipal authorities to strengthen systems of protection and development for internally displaced persons and ensure that they can exercise their rights as citizens in their own countries. Cristosal is building the capacity of local stakeholders, involving internally displaced persons in the development activities of participating municipalities, carrying out exchanges between organizations, and documenting best practices.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America.