Issue No. 4 / Communications Office IOM Chile / April 2016
IOM Chile Helps Combat MigrantSmuggling and Trafficking in
Two important seminars were held in Santiago, Chile, onApril 7th
and 8th to train technical personnel from theJudicial Branch, the
Prosecuting Attorneys Office, andthe Ministries of the Interior and
IOM Chile contributed to these seminars with
technicalpresentations by Mathieu Luciano, Head of the Vul-nerable
Migrant Assistance Unit at IOM Headquarters inGeneva.
The first session, Migrant Smuggling, was held in theSantiago
Justice Centre. This session was attended byJorge Abbott, Attorney
General of Chile, Mahmud Aleuy,Under-Secretary of the Interior,
Lorena Fries, Director ofthe National Human Rights Institute, and
Miguel Yacksic,Director of the Jesuit Migrant Service.
We are the worlds leading inter-governmental organization
focused on migration,with presence in Chile from 1951.
In his presentation, IOM Chile Chief of Mission NorbertoGirn
stated that, It is very important for the IOM to bepart of this
gathering, because migrant smuggling andtrafficking in persons are
criminal activities that must becombatted with vigor and urgency.
Girn also high-lighted the contribution that IOM Chile has made
tosupport both the government and civil society, such asits
participation in the goverments Inter-Sectoral Panelon Trafficking
in Persons and its coordination of theAnti-Trafficking Work Group,
which is comprised ofembassies, consulates, civil society
organizations, andinternational bodies.
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Norberto Girn, IOM Chile Chief of Mission; Mahmud Aleuy,
Under-Secretary of the Interior; and Jorge Abbott , Chilean
Interior Minister Jorge Burgos welcoming participants to the
seminar entitled The Crime of Trafficking in Persons on April
Special Interview in Observationof the IOMs 65th Anniversary
As part of the IOMs Anniversary, wewant to share life stories
and thededication of exemplary officials whohave given the best of
their profes-sional life to serve the Instituion.
The subject of this Special Interviewis Hctor Osorio, Head of
theMobility Unit, who is retiring after 27years of service with IOM
I have always emphasized that thehuman value of the persons
weassist is the most important aspect.They need to be heard,
understood,and provided with answers.
Top Photo:Felix Martnez, Anne Mazin, and Mathieu Luciano from
SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Hctor Osorio, 27 Years with IOM CHILE
It is difficult to describe his entire career in a few lines,due
to the many experiences he has lived and seenduring his 27 years of
service with the IOM. Some of theconcepts that have characterized
his work at the IOMMission in Chile, however, include the desire
forimprovement, providing humanitarian assistance,
My first contact with the IOM was in 1978. Due to thecountrys
political and economic situation, my brotherwas unable to find
work, and had to leave the country.I helped him join a skilled
labour programme, and hewas able to travel to Venezuela with
assistance from theIOM. That was how I found about the IOM, and I
wasimpressed by the agencys work. Some of the officialstold me they
were focusing on the issue of exiledpersons, and that allowed me to
see the human side ofthe work they were doing, recalls Osorio.
He adds that, In 1985 a position became available withthe
Organization, working as a file clerk, and that washow I first able
to see how things got done at IOM fromthe inside. It was a simple
job, putting boxes and files inorder. In 1986, they asked me to
manage the new IOMbuilding on Los Leones Avenue.
Since then, Hctor Osorio has served the Organization invarious
positions, including managing the IOM building,handling
administrative functions, providing logisticalassistance, and
finally directing the Mobility Unit. car
In the Mobility Unit I am in charge of personnel whoknow the
issues and are very dedicated to their work. Itis a department
where everyone knows their functionsand what needs to be done. As a
general guideline,I have always emphasized that the human value of
thepersons we assist is the most important aspect. Theyneed to be
heard, understood, and provided withanswers.
Over the years I have seen a lot of stories, like thestudents
who travel abroad to study and show theirsincere appreciation for
the IOMs support, and therefugees who pass through Chile and
receive ourassistance at the airports, where we accompany themuntil
they depart to a new destination.
I particulary remember the case of a Peruvian boy whostruggled
to go to Australia. In preparation for the triphe submitted to some
medical tests, and the doctorstold him he had HIV.
Undeterred, he forged ahead and insisted that hisfamily move on
to Australia while he remained in Chileto have further testing
done. After much persistence,he finally convinced the doctors to
test him again, andthey realized that the initial results were
erroneous.After all he had to go through, the boy was able to
travelto Australia and join his family. You never forget caseslike
that one. I was moved by that young mans persis-tence and will to
Reaching the end of a cycle, the truth is that it wouldbe
impossible to forget my time at the IOM, because alarge part of my
working life has been here, where Ihave met many colleagues, all of
whom I hold in highesteem. I have been helped by many people, and
all ofthe experiences and situations I have lived have allowedme to
achieve tremendous personal growth.
Hctor Osorio, Head of the Mobility Unit, is retiring in April
after 27 years
with the IOM, thus concluding an important professional and
The IOM Mobility Unit: Its goalsinclude providing assistance
topersons who have to migrate forvarious reasons. These efforts
takethe form of assistance as part ofreturn programmes,
humanitarianaid given to migrants in transit andrefugees, and
support for skilledmigrants travelling with work orstudent visas.
All of these peoplereceive valuable assistance duringtheir
For Norberto Girn, IOM Chile Chief of Mission,
Hctorscontribution has been tremendous. His human andprofessional
quality have allowed our Missions MobilityUnit to achieve
quantitative progress in the quality of itsservices.
Many of the people assisted have contacted usafterwards to
express their appreciation for the serviceprovided by the Unit. The
same is true of the executiveswho represent the airlines we work
with every day. Thisappreciation is due not only to the technical
quality ofthe services, but also to the good treatment receivedfrom
the Units personnel. Although it is true that suchtreatment is
expected from all Mission staff, I am surethat all of the employees
under Hctors supervisionhave been deeply influenced by his
insistence onacknowledging the human value of every person
In addition, Hctor is an official who knows theOrganization
thoroughly. Almost thirty years of servicehave allowed him not only
to see firsthand the variouswork areas of the IOM, but also to work
directly withindividuals who are emblematic representatives of
theOrganization at the global level, such as Roberto Kozak,former
IOM Chile Chief of Mission.
In view of the IOMs 65th Anniversary, names likeHctor Osorio are
a source of pride for the organization.He is an example for the new
generations ofprofessionals who join our team at IOM offices
aroundthe world. Although it is impossible to replace an
officialwith such an extensive trajectory, we are reassured
inknowing that the colleagues who worked under hiscoordination are
entirely willing to carry on his legacy,besides being very well
trained technically to face thecoming challenges.
In view of the IOMs 65th Anniversary,names like Hctor Osorio are
a source ofpride for the Organization.
Norberto Girn, IOM Chile Mission Chief
The IOM Chile Mobility Team
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A VALUABLE EXAMPLE OF THE WORKCARRIED OUT BY THE MOBILITY
For me its like being born again. All I want is to be with my
These are the words of a Colombian youth who has notseen his
mother for over four years. He is a vulnerableperson in transit,
and assisting passengers in transit isone of the functions of the
According to Hctor Osorio, Head of IOM ChilesMobility Unit, This
type of assistance has beenprovided for several years now. We have
heard somevery saddening life stories, especially the numerouscases
involving young women, most of them withseveral children whose
father has either abandonedthem or has died.
Specifically, what we do with vulnerable persons intransit is
receive them when they come off the planeto make sure they have
arrived well, then escort themto a place in the airport where they
can comfortablewait for their connecting flight. We also provide
themwith meal vouchers, accompany them, and make surethey get on
the correct flight to their final destination.
In this particular case, assistance was given to aColombian
youth who flew from his country to Chile inorder to continue on to
New Zealand, where hismother and six siblings were awaiting
There are people who leave their mark, and Hctor is one of them.
Every day we realize how important he is to the Unit. He is someone
you can always count on, and he always has advice to help you
become a better person.
Hctor has seen generations of his colleagues grow
professionally, as well as their children. Above all he has been a
true friend, which is why he has been an unparalleled person for
all of us.
Hctors Colleagues from the Mobility Unit
The second session, The Crime of Trafficking inPersons: Progress
and Challenges, was held at officesof the Chilean Ministry of the
Interior on Friday, April8th, the fifth anniversary of the
legislation definingtrafficking and migrant smuggling as crimes in
The session was begun with words from Jorge Burgos,Minister of
the Interior and Public Security, EdgardoRiveros, Under-Secretary
of Foreign Affairs, HugoDolmestch, Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court, andLorena Fries, Director of the National Human
RightsInstitute. The seminar participants included prose-cutors,
Supreme Court Justices, and various JudicialBranch authorities.
Mathieu Luciano remarked that, I see opportunitiesand challenges
related to protecting and aiding victims,but also in the field of
the global perspective on migrantsmuggling and trafficking in
Lucianos presentation highlighted the globalperspective
regarding trafficking in persons, globalopportunities for
combatting this crime, discussion ofthe issue on the 2030 Agenda,
and the key challengesrelated to victim protection.
Luciano indicated that, It is important to offer trainingand
capacity-building to police agencies and otherauthorities or
individuals who could come into contactwith potential victims,
including health authorities. Hepointed out the importance of
seeing this problem fromboth the supply and demand sides in order
to gain anoverall perspective of the problem, thus allowing
theimplementation of holistic solutions, using as areference point
the international practices that arealready being applied in this
sense. As examples,Luciano highlighted the practices implemented by
theIOM at the international level.
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IOM Chile hosted the follow-up meeting focusing onthe agreements
and commitments produced by theThird Encounter of the Civil Society
Network forBorder Protection.
The Network includes the Human Mobility PastoralService of
Bolivia, the Jesuit Solidarity ServiceEncounters of Peru, the
Christian ChurchesFoundation for Social Aid (FASIC), the
ChileanCatholic Institute for Migration (INCAMI), the JesuitMigrant
Service of Bolivia, Chile, and Peru (SJM),and the Legal Clinic for
Migrants and Refugees ofDiego Portales University.
The group receives collaboration from the Chileanoffice of the
United Nations High Commissioner forRefugees (UNHCR) and the
Chilean Mission of theInternational Organization for Migration
Civil Society Network for Border Protection
Meets in Chile
Hear the stories of migrants from various regions of the world
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Representatives from the IOM, the Jesuit Migrant Service, UNHCR,
Mathieu Luciano, Head of the Vulnerable Migrant Assistance Unit
at IOM Headquarters in Geneva.
You will see how they love
a friend in Chile when you
are a foreigner!
My experience has been edu-
cational and very enriching,
though not always easy.
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