The purpose of the program, Collective Action of Migrant Children and Youth (abbreviated ACNJM in Spanish), is to promote the participation of indigenous migrant children and youth (abbreviated NNJ in Spanish) in their families and communities through the creation of spaces for critical reflection and artistic expression. We work so that they recognize themselves as protagonists with experiences, dreams, and projects that can enrich the vision and life of their families and communities. But it is also important that they know their rights to both remain in their communities and to migrate freely and in an informed manner.
To achieve this, it is important that communities and their authorities recognize and value their contributions and proposals for the improvement of community life. That's why working with NNJ is always community-based.
Voces Mesoamericanas works in the region of the Highlands of Chiapas, one of the regions with the highest child and youth migration in the country to other states within Mexico and to the United States. But we also knit connections with migrant NNJs originating in Guatemala and communities in the Yucatan Peninsula. Their identity and belonging to Mayan people groups favors dialogue and exchanges between them, overcoming the borders imposed by countries, and creating an interwoven connection and transnational social force that can transform the causes that lead to forced migration.