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H.O.M.E.

Humanitarian Outreach for Migrant Emotional Health

H.O.M.E. helps migrants find safety and stability by documenting their trauma, fears, and emotional needs. H.O.M.E. clinicians are a voice for families who have survived the unspeakable, and our work improves their odds of attaining a safe new home. 

Sofia's Story

Sofia arrived at the US southern border, clutching her son's small hand and praying they would soon be safe.  They had made it this far, despite the cartels that had killed the boy's father in front of their home and then promised to return for her child. They had made it despite the complicity of their local police with the cartel leaders.  And they had made it despite being kidnapped and assaulted when they first arrived in Mexico.

But here they were, at the doorway to the United States. All Sofia had to do was tell the officers that she and her child were in danger.

But what Sofia did not expect was that most persons fleeing dangerous governments are still rejected for US protection.  Sofia's fear and sense of powerlessness made it impossible for her to explain her needs or to convince anyone she was telling the truth.  She had no pictures, no letters, no documents to support her claim.  She did not who to trust, and she was in danger of being turned away.

Sofia's Urgent Need

Like most asylum seekers, Sofia will be forced to wait outside the US in a makeshift “refugee camp” or a private shelter.  She and her child will not be safe.  Instead, they will be subject to kidnapping, rape, and brutal violence from cartel members who prey on migrants like Sofia, already vulnerable from violence in her home country. 

But this is where H.O.M.E. steps in.  We provide urgently needed mental health evaluation for adults and children trapped, like Sofia and her son, outside US ports of entry. 

A H.O.M.E. clinician will document Sofia's trauma, her symptoms, and her specific vulnerabilities.  An attorney can present this document to Border officials and request Sofia's emergency entry for her health and safety.

H.O.M.E. completes several emergency assessments each week, and their effectiveness is high, with most or all clients attaining safety.

H.O.M.E. needs your help! 

Sofia's Long-Term Solution

Later, when Sofia is given the chance to apply for asylum, H.O.M.E. will continue to stand alongside her.  

Immigration Courts deny most applications, but when asylum seekers have access to both an attorney and a healthcare professional, the asylum grant rate exceeds 90%.  There is no guarantee that a clinical report will change the outcome of Sofia’s case. but her mental health evaluator can help her voice her unspeakable traumas and explain her need - and her child's need- for legal protection.  

H.O.M.E. helps Sofia and others like her by sending a mental health professional to:

  • Listen to Sofia’s account and ask trauma-informed questions.
  • Measure the emotional impact of Sofia's trauma experiences.
  • Document Sofia's fear of return to her home country and her fears of kidnapping in border region camps and shelters. 
  • Document Sofia’s need for a safe environment where she and her child can recover.

H.O.M.E. gives Sofia and others like her a chance to live safe, healthy lives by voicing her needs when she cannot.

 

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PURPOSE

Our purpose is to provide mental health assessment for immigrants in need by documenting their trauma histories, emotional and cognitive impact, fear of return, and other mental health factors important to their legal petitions.  We also document the broader emotional impact of immigration policy and practice, and we offer public education regarding humanitarian migration.

VISION

Our vision includes expansion of services along the US southern border, appropriate trauma care for immigrant communities, and expanded education for host communities and policymakers regarding migration and mental health. 

VALUES

Our values statement: All people deserve life, purpose, dignity, safety, opportunity, and connections with those they love.  We work toward these ideals through an attitude of learning, a structure of collaboration, and a spirit of courage.

GIVE

H.O.M.E. needs your help! Direct costs start at $250 for each family we serve in the border regions.  Costs to prepare a family for presentation in Immigration Court start at $500 each.  But Sofia does not have the means to pay for this service.  She and others like her need your help to cover the cost of assessment by a licensed mental health professional.  H.O.M.E. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so your gifts are tax deductible.  


Humanitarian Outreach for Migrant Emotional Health (H.O.M.E.)