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The Council on Immigrant Child and Family Health (COICFH) released a Welcoming Afghan Arrivals Resource Guide and Caring for Afghan Refugees Presentation on October 13th :
"There are roughly 53,000 Afghans in military bases across the U.S., another 14,000 more expected to arrive from military bases overseas, including children in family units and unaccompanied children. Many of you are and continue to be involved in providing care at these bases and elsewhere.
About one month ago the Biden Administration notified governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many evacuees would be resettled in their state. Only Hawaii, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia are not currently expected to resettle anyone.
With the help of many of you, the council has assembled information and resources to produce this "Welcoming Afghan Arrivals" document to guide you as families present in your communities for care. We extend a special thanks to Drs Nadia Hashimi and Zarin Noor for making their slide deck, "Caring for Afghan Refugees," available to you. Please extend credit to them if you use their slides in any presentation.
- Raul and Julie
on behalf of the COICFH Executive Committee"
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.
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.
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.