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MCN Five on Friday Person in detention


This week’s articles shared by those in the MCN offices continued to be dominated by news and views of the immigrant separation and detention crisis at the border. MCN recognizes that many immigrants in detention lack the essential health care they need to address urgent health concerns. MCN’s new initiative Medical Review for Immigrants seeks to get those with urgent health needs out of detention and into care. Can you help us spread the word? Learn more, donate, and -- this is critical for us to reach our goal to launch this program -- share the campaign: Thank you for your support. Here are the five recommended reads for this week, from MCN staff.




Inadequate Conditions in Detention


migrants behind fence


Candace, Specialist in Clinical Systems & Women’s Health, shared Hesperian’s upsetting and gravely concerning reports on the conditions in detention on the border, and a call for clinicians interested in helping there.




The Human Rights Crisis at the Border


People protest immigrant policies


Del, Director of International Projects and Emerging Issues, shared the W. Haywood Burns Institute’s “Statement on the Human Rights Crisis at the Border,” which dives into “the structural and institutional racism that cause the existence and implementation of these deplorable policies and practices.”




Resources: Who, Where and How?


humanitarian aid infographic


Alma, Senior Program Manager, shared the Global Humanitarian Assistance 2018 report, which looks in detail “where resources are needed, who they come from, where they go and how they get there.”



Defendants In Diapers


Child with border patrol


Bob, MCN Board Member, shared “Defendants In Diapers? Immigrant Toddlers Ordered To Appear In Court Alone,” from California Healthline: “We were representing a 3-year-old in court recently who had been separated from the parents. And the child — in the middle of the hearing — started climbing up on the table,” recalled one immigrant lawyer.




The Impact of Detention on Children


Marsha Griffin on detention conditions


Claire, Writer and Editor, shared the AJ+ video of MCN’s Board Chair, Marsha Griffin, MD, in which she describes the health impact of detention on children, including toxic stress. As of Thursday, the video had over 281,000 views.

Have a safe and healthy weekend.


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