ICMC Protection and Prevention
There are more than 25 million refugees worldwide. These are people forced to flee their home countries due to war, persecution or violence. They are vulnerable to exploitation, human trafficking or other forms of abuse. They suffer from psychological trauma. Some cannot stay in their first country of asylum.
The International Catholic Migration Commission, ICMC, protects people on the move and works to reduce their vulnerability. We focus on women, children, elderly and other vulnerable persons.
ICMC experts assess risks and develop responses such as psychosocial counseling and child-friendly spaces. We work to end child marriage and child labor. Our staff seeks solutions in the best interests of the child.
We support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. We organize awareness-raising campaigns and helplines and provide survivors with safe shelters, counseling and medical care.
Our experts work with the UN Refugee Agency to identify persons who should be recognized as refugees. Among them, some are referred for resettlement to third countries. Our staff interviews the refugees, helps them obtain necessary documentation, and informs them of their rights.
Protecting people on the move and reducing their vulnerability is an essential part of restoring their dignity.