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Civil registry effort to document poor that legally don’t exist

The Santiago civil registration authorities are reaching out to people in the poorest neighborhoods to correct the situation of people that do not have birth certificates and, legally speaking, do not exist. The Central Electoral Board (JCE) announced a first round of activities in Cienfuegos, in western Santiago, to register thousands who do not have identity documents.

The JCE is reaching out to families residing in slum areas such as the Santa Lucia (La Mosca) and La Piña barrios in Cienfuegos, on the boundaries of the Rafey garbage dump, where an estimated 30% of those living there do not have identity documents and are in social limbo.

Judge Miguel Barona said that the project seeks to enable these persons to gain access to social services and medical care. Undocumented individuals may have difficulty receiving basic social and medical services. Barona said that many of those affected are the elderly, but in other cases, several generations of families, from grandparents to infants, do not have birth certificates or national ID cards.

The pilot project will then be extended to other regions of the country. The program is described as part of a new governmental outreach program to combat extreme poverty.

Source: DR1, 7dias

June 8, 2017

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