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Unaccompanied and Separated Minors at the Border

Updated: 4 days ago

Responding to the needs of children in crisis at the U.S. Border

The current policies against youth and families seeking safety at our border continue to be targeted with the Iron Triangle of detention, deterrance, and deportation. Having worked clinically with unaccompanied minors for 8 years in California, I now provide supervision and case consultation to community-based clinicians working with this population in the D.C. Metro Area. As well, I have provided webinars on the Mental Health of Unaccompanied Minors to the Society for the Study of Culture and Psychiatry, and will be on a panel for the National Health Collaborative for Violence and Abuse with the American Academy of Pediatrics. As the Spokesperson on Unaccompanied Minors for the American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, I have discussed the mental health impacts of detention on unaccompanied minors to Congress. Since lawyers are tirelessly working on the cause, I like to support the legal teams and lead trainings for Capital Area Immigrant Rights (CAIR) Coalition, as well as conduct evaluations in the detention facilities.