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OAS Permanent Council to Hold Special Meeting on Irregular Migration, Refugees and Organized Crime

  November 8, 2023

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold a special meeting TOMORROW, Thursday, November 9 at 10:00 EST (15:00 GMT) in the Simon Bolivar room at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, to discuss the critical issues of irregular migration, refugee flows, and the deepening involvement of organized crime..

A dramatic rise in migration has been recorded across the Americas, with over 400,000 people navigating treacherous routes like the Darién Gap in 2023 alone. Organized crime groups are profiting immensely amidst this human tragedy, capitalizing on the desperation of migrants and refugees. With 45 million people on the move since 2015 and the U.S. experiencing an influx of 7.5 million irregular migrants within the last three years, the OAS recognizes the imperative for a collective and strategic approach.

This meeting is part of the work plan of current Chair of the Permanent Council, Sir Ronald Sanders, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda. The special meeting will bring together experts and policymakers to chart a coordinated response to these complex challenges.

The meeting will include the participation of:

• The President of the migration Policy Institute (MPI), Andrew Selee,

• The Senior Advisor on Migration of The White House, Emily Mendrala,

• The representative of Crimestoppers (Civil Society Organization), Alejo Campos,

• The Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Program of the International Crisis Group, Ivan Briscoe,

• The Director of the Department of Social Inclusion, Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity, OAS, Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian

Please consult the agenda of the meeting here. Note that changes to the agenda may yet be made before the meeting.

The meeting will be broadcast live - with interpretation in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese- on the OAS Website and the OAS Facebook page

Press Contact: Mónica Reyes ([email protected])

WHAT: OAS Permanent Council to Hold Special Meeting on Irregular Migration, Refugees and Organized Crime

WHEN: Thursday, November 9 at 10:00 EST (15:00 GMT)

WHERE: Simon Bolivar room, Organization of American States. 17th Street & Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20006.

Reference: AVI-228/23