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October 05, 2017 RAPID RESPONSE

A False Sense of Relief: Analyzing Mental Health Trauma in Refugee Communities

Approximately 65 million refugees around the world have sought to escape the dangerous areas and traumatizing experiences they called home. They reached makeshift camps and detention centers seeking safety and security. The trauma, however, does not stop at these shelters' doors. Often the resilience of children and adults is broken through the uncertainty of detention, leading to depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other distress. This webinar will discuss the prevalence of mental health trauma affecting refugees and how further detention exacerbates any preexisting conditions. Practitioners in the field will provide an overview of common mental health trauma affecting communities, immigration detention case law, legal remedies, and the fundamental right to health.


  • Shekinah Apedo
  • Clarissa Bejarano
  • Ariel Ricker, J.D.
  • Daniel Savin, M.D.
  • Elizabeth Willis
  • Edna Yang

Co-Sponsor:  ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice International Human Rights Committee

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