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United States announces new humanitarian aid in Central America and Mexico

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Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021. 2:41 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A United States Department of State spokesperson has announced that its Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is providing more than $20 million in additional assistance to help meet urgent humanitarian needs for the nearly 700 thousand asylum seekers, refugees, and vulnerable migrants in Central America and Mexico.  

This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Central America and Mexico to more than $331 million for Fiscal Year 2021 (all figures U.S. dollars).

A statement says, “This additional funding will support increased access to international protection, access to mental health and psychosocial support, legal assistance, shelter, and healthcare, including prevention and treatment of COVID-19.  Through its international organization partners, PRM funding also supports protection capacity building for governments in the region.”

It adds that Washington remains “concerned about the continuing increase in humanitarian needs and forced displacement in the region, and we urge other donors to contribute to the international response and provide the support needed to save lives.”

Significant funding was approved last December for all countries of Central America including Belize, but no indication has been made of how this money will be divided and the procedures to fund specific projects from it.

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