International Development Law Organization

Costa Rica: Migrants' House of Rights

IDLO is pleased to announce the opening of a ‘Casa de derechos’ for migrant women in Upala, Costa Rica today, January 24. The Upala Canton region has a high proportion of Nicaraguan migrants, who face accordingly high levels of discrimination. Women and children are especially affected – a fact most evident in schools and workplaces. Working in partnership with the Costa Rica Judiciary, the Comisión Nacional para el Mejoramiento de la Administración de Justicia-CONAMAJ, the Ministry of Public Security, the Municipality of Upala, the Directorate General of Immigration, the Cenderos Foundation and National Institute of women, IDLO helped create a model to provide legal assistance to migrant women in Upala.

As part of the EUROsociAL project, IDLO provided technical assistance to develop a manual outlining the process of assisting migrant women who have experienced rights violations. Two versions of the manual were created, one for public officials and one for promoters. The manual also provides a guide to actors involved, and details how they interact with one another.