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New: Letter from AAP urging USCIS to reverse deferred action decision
We implore you to reverse this decision so that countless children and their families can continue to apply for deferred action. For some children, this is a matter of life and death.
Download the full letter here (PDF, two pages).
The NM Medical Reserve
Corps Needs Volunteer
The New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps (NM MRC) maintains New Mexico's statewide registry of volunteer health care providers and support personnel. It is part of the Emergency Systems for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR VHP). NM MRC currently has more than 2,100 volunteers across the state, both medical and non-medical, and averages 6,500 volunteer hours per year, serving between 50,000 and 60,000 New Mexicans annually. Volunteers are provided with state TORT liability coverage during times of activation and deployment.
Recently, the MRC has been involved in the humanitarian mission by providing medical screening support services to migrants in New Mexico. The volunteers needed include: clinical social workers; dentists; EMTs/paramedics; laboratory technologists and technicians; marriage and family therapists; medical records and health information technicians; mental health counselors; nurses; nurses' aides; pharmacists; physicians; physician assistants; psychologists; radiologic technologists and technicians; respiratory therapists; and veterinarians.
Pediatricians are especially needed at the border to care for child migrants.
Registration for NM MRC is easy using the online volunteer registry program. Simply visit the NM MRC Serves website at www.nmmrcserves.org.
Immigrant Legal Services
Videos for Refugees
These videos were created by UNM pediatric residents Shirin Fazel-Hashemi and Adam Cross. The videos cover topics to help refugees better navigate the U.S. health care system.
There are five topics: how to ask for an interpreter; transportation; understanding consent; how to make appointments; and introduction to the hospital staff. The videos can be accessed in English, Arabic, Dari and Swahili.
Resources for Clinical Care of Newly Arrived Children
Texas Children’s Hospital: Program for Immigrant and Refugee Child Health.
HHS: Office of Refugee Resettlement: Children Entering the United States Unaccompanied.
Immigrant Care Links
Health Care Providers and Immigration Enforcement (NILC website, patient and provider rights information)
National Immigration Law Center: Know Your Rights (NILC website, basic immigrant rights information)
Immigrant Defense Project's Know Your Rights with flyers, posters, and videos available in up to 16 different languages.
Informed Immigration's Mental Health Toolkit helps communities manage their mental and emotional well-being in the face of fear and trauma.
In the News
Pediatricians Sally Goza and Kim Schrier wrote this piece for Newsweek after touring two Customs and Border Protection facilities for children in Texas.
AAP Immediate Past President Dr. Colleen Kraft was interviewed on CNN about the situation for immigrant children at the border.
Pediatrician and AAP member Julie Linton spoke out on NBC News about why children are dying in immigration detention – seven so far.