Information on a group called the Jeunesses Ouvrières Catholiques (JOC) or the Young Catholic Workers; whether they face particular problems in Costa Rica and if so, the nature of these problems and whether they are harassed by the authorities [CRI24884.E]

According to the Quito, Ecuador-based Continental Co-ordinator of the Juventud Obreras Catholicas (JOC) or the Young Catholic Workers, the JOC has approximately 30 members in Costa Rica (29 Aug. 1996). The co-ordinator, who visits Costa Rica on a regular basis, stated that they are unaware of any Costa Rican JOC members being harassed or mistreated by the Costa Rican authorities (ibid). Additional and/or corroborating information could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Juventud Obreras Catholicas (JOC), Quito, Ecuador. 29 August 1996. Telephone interview with the Continental Co-ordinator.

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