In September, ICMC's Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo participated in the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE)'s European Meeting on the occasion of the Year of Mercy. Interviewed by CCEE's Media Office, Msgr. Vitillo talked about ICMC's work and expressed concern about recent trends in European migration policies: the tendency to legislate on asylum seekers as a group instead of focusing on individual claims and the perception of migrants as a "problem to be solved", rather than as an opportunity for cultural and social development.
Our videos provide relevant information about ICMC's policy and operational activities in the protection of refugee and migrants worldwide. Through interviews to ICMC's staff members in the field, we highlight the daily challenges that refugees face in different contexts.
Protecting unaccompanied refugee children in Ethiopia
Jason Bell is one of ICMC's child protection experts working within the framework of the ICMC-UNHCR Resettlement Deployment Scheme. Jason has been working with refugees since 2003, in reception facilities in the United States, as well as in Malawi and Kenya. Thanks to his expertise in providing refugees with psychosocial services and in identifying protection mechanisms for refugee children at risk, Jason has joined ICMC as a Best Interest Determination Specialist in 2011. He is currently based in the UNHCR sub-office in Shire, Ethiopia.
Peter Sutherland addresses the challenges of the refugee crisis
Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative for International Migration and ICMC President, addresses the challenges of the current refugee crisis at a conference held in Brussels on 20 October 2015. The conference, titled “Protecting and Welcoming Refugees in Europe: responding to an unprecedented refugee crisis”, was organized by the SHARE Network, which gathers European local and regional authorities, as well as civil society organizations, working together to promote the protection and integration of refugees in Europe.
Promoting equal rights for boys and girls in Malaysia
Gender discrimination, stereotypes between men and women, and inequality are among the underlying causes of sexual and gender-based violence. To encourage gender equality among the Burmese refugee youth in Malaysia, ICMC funds community-based organizations to carry out different activities focused on raising awareness on sexual or gender-based violence, such as drawing and drama competitions. The Myanmar Refugee Learning Center - which is supported by ICMC - presented the drama competition “Equal Rights for Girls and Boys.”