On May 2nd, 2007, at OAS Headquarters in Washington, DC, the Permanent Council was convened for a special session on the topic of “Migrant Populations and Migration Flows in the Americas.”  This session was convened by Ambassador Lisa Shoman of Belize, in order to raise the question of how governments can develop an integral policy to deal with all the different aspects of migration.  The meeting featured interventions by the Secretary General of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, Representatives from Belize and Guatemala, and Berta Fernandez from the International Organization on Migration.  Among the speakers from OAS departments were Francisco Pilotti from Social Development and Employment, and Ambassador Carmen Marina Gutierrez, the Director of the Summits of the Americas Secretariat.  Ambassador Gutierrez focused on the incorporation of civil society in migration issues, speaking of the drain produced by the current rates of migration flows and the important role that civil society organizations are playing as interlocutors between stakeholders in the migration process.