ONLINE EVENT: Addressing Challenges and Solutions in the First and Last Mile – Cities, Local Governments, and Migration in the Americas


This high-level meeting will focus on sharing the perspectives, experiences, and solutions among local government officials and civil society in Central America and Mexico. Although the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection paid focus on the need to deal with integration and management of human mobility, cities are the location where people chose to leave and go to for a better quality of life. There are intrinsic challenges affecting people’s decisions to migrate that are directly tied to how cities perform their work. Similarly, major metropolitan and border cities are the destination in which migrants seek to settle and adapt to a new reality. We are confident that the meeting will play a key role in shaping both debate and policy in the post-pandemic era. 

This forum is part of the Dialogue’s Cities Initiative, which recognizes the critical impact local policy has on daily lives, as well as the important role subnational innovations can play as a catalyst for national policy change. The goal of this new initiative is to bring together mayors and other subnational leaders with diversity of thoughts, perspectives, and experiences from across the Americas and provide a forum for the productive sharing of ideas, challenges, and ultimately solutions to the pressing problems facing cities and towns today.  

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We invite participants to submit questions using the Q&A function in Zoom OR to email questions to


9:30 – 9:45 AM EDT


Enhancing the Declaration of Migration Locally – Welcome Remarks





Rebecca Bill Chavez, President and CEO, Inter-American Dialogue 

Sean Callahan, CEO and President, Catholic Relief Services 


9:45 – 11:00 AM EDT


How Are Cities Dealing With Migration? – Addressing Informal Economies, Gender Inequity, and Trust in the Rule of Law 





Orisval Fuentes, head of Mancuerna, Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Cuenca del Río Naranjo

José Gómez, Former Deputy Mayor of San Juan Ostuncalco, Quetzaltenango 

Aracely Martinez Rodas, Director of the Master in Development Program, Universidad del Valle 

Mileydi Guilarte, Deputy Assistant Administrator, United States Agency for International Development




Manuel Orozco, Program Director, Migration, Remittances and Development, Inter-American Dialogue


11:30 – 12:45 PM EDT


Cities and Migrant Incorporation and Integration- Fostering Inclusion, Services and Opportunities 




Yamileth Lopez Obregon, Mayor of Upala, Costa Rica 

Lucrecia Oliva, Project Officer, CRS/Guatemala  

Ana María Saíz,  Sector Senior Specialist, Migration Unit, Inter-American Development Bank




Frank Mora, Professor, Politics and International Relations, Florida International University 


1:00 PM EDT


Closing Remarks – Moving Forward: A Cooperation Agenda on Migration and Local Cities




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