African and Caribbean Refugee Crisis at the Tijuana Border

African and Caribbean Refugee Crisis at the Tijuana Border

September 23rd, 2016

This week the United Nations General Assembly held the first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants.

The shared goals of the summits focused on the increase in the number of refugees worldwide. Refugees are a subset of the more than 65.8 million displaced people globally and include approximately 21 million men, women, and children.

African and Caribbean nationals make up a part of the growing number of displaced people who are trying to make their way to the United States. At present, there is a rising number of African and Haitian migrants traveling through Latin and Central American countries, with the sole objective of reaching U.S shores.

Extention of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) granted to nationals of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea

September 22nd 2016,

Today marks a major victory for the six-month extension of the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) granted to nationals of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, currently residing in the U.S.

Advocacy organizations and African communities fought long and hard to make this extension a reality, requesting their local congressmen/women to sign the redesignation and extension of TPS by putting pressure on Secretary Jeh Johnson from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The African Coalition played its part by getting Congresswomen Karen Bass, Maxine Waters, and Loretta Sanchez to sign and support the extension. This extension will allow for the West African nationals to live and work in the U.S without fear of deportation, at least until May 21st, 2017.

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ECMHTE Project

Ethiopian Community Mental Health and Training Education Project

The ECMHTE Project is a joint effort of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) and the African Communities Public Health Coalition (ACPHC) to reduce the stigma of mental illness in the Ethiopian community, and to set a precedent of using culturally appropriate mental health education when working with ethnic communities.

SCMHTE Project

Sierra Leone, Liberian, Guinean Community Mental Health and Training Education Project 

The SCMHTE Project is a joint effort of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) and the African Communities Public Health Coalition (ACPHC) to reduce the stigma of mental illness in the Sierra Leone, Liberian, and Guniean communities. 

Methodology - African Coalition's Village Healing Ways (VHW) Project

ACPHC is a not for profit public benefit corporation with a mission “to improve personal and community health and wellness within the African community by increasing the availability of culturally-relevant physical and mental health services; providing education to reduce the stigma of physical and mental illness among African people; and facilitating social justice through advocacy.”

Ebola virus disease

Key facts from the World Health Organization WHO website:http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.

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