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The government, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the Central Electoral Board (JCE) are working together to provide birth certificates to children whose parents did not declare them on time. There are an estimated 200,000 children without birth certificates, including thousands that were born in the Covid-19 pandemic year of 2020 when many civil registry offices were closed for lockdown. The government will give first priority to the declaring of the children born during the pandemic.

In the Dominican Republic, parents have a month to register their children. If they fail to do so during that time, the process is tedious and costly. This has resulted in thousands of parents putting off the task. As a result, today many people live a life of exclusion and social discrimination.

The program seeks to issue late registration certificates...

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