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Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration from Central America

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Human Rights | Democracy and Governance | Agriculture and Food Security | Youth Workforce Development
Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Through a mutually reinforcing collaboration between the U.S. and Mexican governments, we aim to address the root causes of irregular migration from Central America.

Every day, people from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras leave their homes to embark on a perilous journey through Mexico to the United States, driven by both a lack of employment opportunities and the impacts of climate change. To address the root causes of irregular migration stemming from the region, the United States and Mexican governments launched a joint collaboration framework called “Sembrando Oportunidades” in December 2021. Under this framework, the Alliance for Root Causes and Opportunities (ARCO) Activity aims to deepen USAID’s strategic partnership with the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) by the root causes of irregular migration by providing sustainable economic opportunities to youth and farmers.

In the video below, ARCO’s Chief of Party Tatiana Ramos shares more about this critical collaboration effort and the impact it is having on the communities it supports.

Banner image caption: On November 10, 2023, 328 youth (197 women and 131 men) graduated from the Ciudad Delgado Training Center in El Salvador, which was equipped thanks to the support of USAID through ARCO, and in collaboration with AMEXCID. Graduates received diplomas in fields such barista skills, cosmetology and styling, baking, and cooking, as well as digital skills and marketing. In collaboration with Fundacion Empresarial para la Accion Social (FUNDEMAS) and Super Selectos, ARCO is actively facilitating job connections between these newly graduated young individuals and the companies involved in the employment alliance lead by FUNDEMAS. The photo was taken by the ARCO Activity. 

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About Tatiana Ramos Maza

Tatiana Ramos Maza is the chief of party of Alliance for Root Causes and Opportunities Activity (ARCO). She is an international development leader with over 30 years of experience managing sustainable development projects. She joined Chemonics in September 2022 to lead ARCO, an alliance between USAID and the International Development Agency of the Government of…