Helping migrant children feel secure

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Helping migrant children feel secure

Migrant parents can help their kids feel more secure and confident if they themselves are confident. This is a terrible time and a terrible situation to be involved in the history of the United States, because we are seeing more migrant families being deported than ever before. We’re seeing less jobs being available and we’re seeing levels of education falling, particularly in migrant communities. And so, the fear that parents have is often realistic. But it’s important to keep that fear in check. Find out what support services are available for you. And find a way to be able to have the discussion about your sense of safety and your sense of connection to your community. Because how connected you are to your community and how safe you are feeling will directly transfer to your children. It is that sense of family connection and safety that is going to make a difference. Also if your children know of friends or schoolmates that have been deported, it’s very important for your to create the space to talk about it as a family unit. Oftentimes children don’t understand the specifics of the laws and they don’t understand why one day their best friend is there and the next day they’re not. So it’s very important for you to help them process this loss. The way that you deal with the loss and the way that you deal with this discussion is going to make the difference between your son feeling safe or feeling that they could also be deported or they could also be gone. Have the discussion, allow your son to express his feelings and you will see that they feel much safer.

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Dr. Jorge Partida is a Psychologist, Green Advocate and Indigenous Healer. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to Chicago at nine years of age. Dr. Jorge has been a consultant on many national and international projects in the areas of education, health, diversity and spirituality.  Dr. Jorge has worked with local and national governments to coordinate services for those most impacted by poverty, war and displacement.  He has worked in Liberia Africa in the repatriation of boy soldiers and has worked to form “intentional communities” in poverty impacted countries of Latin-America.

Dr. Jorge is the author of The Promise of The Fifth Sun and A Week of Awakening.  His writing integrates psychology with native healing traditions to form an easy to use self-help approach.  Dr. Jorge has designed and facilitated healing workshops that incorporate ritual and practice. 

Dr. Jorge has served as Director of the PsyD program at John F. Kennedy University and as Deputy Director of Behavioral Health with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  Today, Dr. Jorge is the Executive Director of the United States Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBC-LA).  He believes that the discussion of sustainability provides a platform to address today’s most complex issues. 

For more than twenty years, Dr. Jorge has presented mental health segments on television and radio. He has worked with many networks, including Univision, Telemundo, HITN-TV in Spanish and CBS, UPN, NBC and PBS in English. 

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