Tackling drivers of migration
Oxfam partners with local organizations to address the reasons people are forced to leave their homes. These community-based solutions and campaigns tackle sexual and gender-based violence, invest in sustainable development, fight corruption and impunity, increase access to justice, and call for peace. When we are successful, families are able to stay in their homes and communities.
Millions of people on the move struggle to find clean water, shelter, food, and work. As the number of Central American families fleeing to the US in search of safety began to surge in 2018, we provided lifesaving assistance at camps and shelters along their journey and supported employment opportunities. Oxfam is supporting organizations at the border who defend the legal rights of those seeking protection. When necessary, we have responded along the caravan routes in Guatemala and Mexico with humanitarian aid, including distribution of hygiene kits, food packages, and water, and installation of portable toilets, showers, and drinking water points for thousands in need.
Advocacy & campaigning
Oxfam advocates for policies that protect the world’s most vulnerable. We have taken to the courts to defend to defend the right of people to claim asylum at the US-Mexico border, and are demanding the US put an end to anti-refugee and anti-immigrant policies and fix its broken asylum system.
Oxfam has been working in Central America for more than three decades to combat violence and challenge inequality–the real reasons people flee their homes in the first place. We support those struggling with economic hardship, we provide women with the skills to break out of domestic violence situations, we support farmers to combat food insecurity, and we advocate for governments (including the US) to implement just fiscal policies.
In the US, we have established grants and partnerships with worker organizations that directly represent migrants. These partnerships seek to empower those impacted workers, build their capacity to self-organize, and use our networks to amplify their voice.