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OAS and IOM Launch Campaign “Migrants Count in the Americas”

  December 11, 2017

The Organization of American  States (OAS) – through the Committee on Migration Issues of its Inter-American Council for Integral Development and the General Secretariat – and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will launch tomorrow the campaign “Migrants Count in the Americas,” focused on recognizing the contributions of migrants to sustainable development in countries of origin as well as destination, and highlighting the importance of their inclusion in the communities where they live.

The launch will be held TOMORROW at 10:00 EST (15:00 GMT) in the Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters in Washington DC. The event will be opened by:

  • Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro
  • Deputy Director General of the IOM, Laura Thompson
  • Chair of the Committee on Migration Issues of the OAS, Wendy Acevedo

Following the launch, a panel will be held moderated by the Secretary for Access to Rights and Equity of the OAS, Mauricio Rands, with the following participants:

  • Director, a.i., of the International Labour Organization Office USA, Kevin Cassidy
  • Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute, Ariel G. Ruiz Soto
  • Migrant-Artist, President of the Foundation “Sonidos Bolivianos,” Luis Gamarra

Press Contact: Monica Reyes MReyes@oas.org

WHAT: Launch of Campaign “Migrants Count in the Americas”

WHEN: Tomorrow, Tuesday December 12 at 10:00 EST (15:00 GMT)

WHERE: Hall of the Americas

Organization of American States

17th & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C 20006

Reference: AVI-178/17