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Five on Friday: The Mental Health of Migrants

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A photo of migrants in the Ursula detention center


We made it to Friday after another very full week here at Migrant Clinicians Network! Here are this week’s five articles on health topics of interest that we thought you’d enjoy, chosen by MCN staff members.



1 Mental Health of Migrants Impacted by Policy


Alma in Massachusetts shared an NPR segment entitled, “Mental Health of Migrants,” which interviews a mental health professional on the ruling of a federal judge this week that says that the federal government must provide mental health services to families affected by the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy. “The system lacks professionals that speak the languages, that have the training and the experience in working with these kinds of issues,” she says.

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EPA Director Wheeler announcing at podium with President Trump standing behind him


Amy shared Scientific American’s “The EPA’s Science Restrictions Go from Bad to Worse,” which she says is a “good blog post to help us understand why this ‘transparency’ rule could do so much damage.”

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An old photo of founders standing with sign for the hospital


Marysel shared a review of the history of a community health center and MCN partner in Puerto Rico, Hospital General Castañer: “Memoria Viva: Hospital Castañer, historia de solidaridad en medio de la guerra mundial.” 


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A photo of the black market medicines being sold to immigrants


Amy also shared, “Migrant child died after release from detention, attorneys group alleges.”

Claire shared “Purveyors Of Black-Market Pharmaceuticals Target Immigrants,” where one health nonprofit president noted, “These products prey on the desperation of people who can’t afford to see a doctor or go to a legitimate pharmacy.”

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A photo of people enjoying a bottle of wine from the migrant worker owned winery


Weekly Win: Alma also shared “Migrant Workers Become Award-Winning Napa Winery Owners,” celebrating Ceja Vineyards -- perhaps a good wine choice for holiday dinner host gifts?



Have a safe and healthy weekend.

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