The ongoing political, human rights and socio-economic situation in Venezuela has caused a mass exodus -The largest in Latin American and Caribbean history. Many leave their homes on foot, traversing thousands of treacherous miles in search of a better future. COVID-19 has strained host countries' ability to provide social services to arriving refugees and migrants and many Venezuelans who have been displaced struggle to meet their basic needs.
IOM is on the ground providing humanitarian assistance for Venezuelan refugees and migrants. This includes meals, medical attention, hygiene and sanitation kits, and shelter, as well as protection for vulnerable groups such as women, children, LGBTQ individuals and those with disabilities. Collaboration is essential to execute this regional emergency response plan; IOM co-coordinates the efforts of 200+ aid organizations in 17 countries, including Venezuelan diaspora-led organizations.
As of 2021, the UN's Response for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela has reached 2.6 million people, 53% of whom are women and girls, with lifesaving and life-changing services. Additional investment will support IOM in extending food security, health assistance, humanitarian transportation, nutrition support, protection, shelter and hygiene, and sanitation to 3.5 million additional vulnerable refugees and migrants.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).