ACISJF-IN VIA International

International Catholic Association for Girls

ACISJF-IN VIA Declarations

For the human dignity of migrants

We, members of the International Catholic Association for Girls, ACISJF-IN VIA, gathered in Tarija, Bolivia, from November 165-21, 2009, have analyzed the living conditions of migrants. We want to draw the attention of the public, private and religious institutions, as well as the global civil society to the serious problems facing international migration. ACISJF-IN VIA has been active for the last 110 years assisting migrant girls and young women on several continents.

Through our long-standing experience, we witness the fact that signatory countries are not respecting the international conventions on the rights and protection of migrants and their families.

In the spirit  of the « International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families » (Resolution 45/158 of 1990) and the « United Convention on the Rights of the Child » (Resolution 44/25 àf 1989), we call to the following points to be respected :

1 - ENSURE

that the free movement of migrant women are not impedeed, that their physical and psychologicazl integrity is respected both within the country and when at borders.

2 - RESPECT

the fundamental human rights and international conventions relating to migrations, including the « International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families » and the « United Convention on the Rights of the Child ».

3 - ENSURE

effective integration mechanisms in line with fundamental human rights and respectful of cultural diversity.

4 - NOT CONSIDER

immigrants  as illegal persons and not criminalize them, which constitutes a violation of their dignity. Set up a regulation system accessible to all.

5 - REQUIRE FROM ADMINISTRATIONS

that the required documents be processed in a quick, efficient and non-bureaucratic way.

6 - REQUIRE FROM THE STATES CONCERNED

that they respect the fundamental rights of migrants regarding health, education, social security, and work, on departure, transit and reception.

7 - ALLOW

migrant parents, in an irregular situation, to remain in the country of birth of their children.

8 - IMPLEMENT

in the countries of departure policies and actions that place special atrention on families of migrant women affected by the departure of one of their members.

9 - ESTABLISH

effective mechanisms to avoid the victimization and stigma of migrants women by the media.

10 - TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES

and apply examplary sanctions against traffickers of persons and illegal service-seekers to migrant girls and women.

11 - ENCOURAGE STATES

from which migrant women flee to create socio-economic development policies and projects that prevent forced migration.

12 - INSTITUTE

des mécanismes d'intégration efficaces et conformes aux droits humains fondamentaux et respectueux de la diversité culturelle des personnes.

Tarija, Bolivia,november 21, 2009.

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