How Can Family Unit Protection and Family Reunification be Made More Effective in Situations of Human Mobility and Mixed Movements, and in the Context of the Pandemic?

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has issued, in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a practical guide on how to protect family unity and reunification more effectively in human mobility and mixed movement contexts during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This publication is part of a series of guides issued by the IACHR to address the impact of the pandemic on human rights. 

It analyzes the applicable inter-American standards in light of states’ international obligations and proposes recommendations to guarantee family unity and family reunification, to prevent the risks of separation, and to minimize the impact of family separation cases. Moreover, the implementation of family reunification guarantees often requires an appropriate strategy for access to document regularization mechanisms, as well as safe conditions of travel and mobility across national borders. This is especially beneficial for families who have been forcibly separated or separated for reasons relating to human mobility.

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