Healing the psychosocial impacts of human rights abuses for a more peaceful tomorrow
January 20, 2017
Our Response: Creating Safe Spaces for Refugees
To Our Community,
As we enter a new political environment, I write you on behalf of Partnerships for Trauma Recovery with a message of strength and solidarity. During the past months, our clinical team has received regular reports of increased incidents of racism and xenophobia against our clients…
A Yemeni boy was punched in the face after being told to speak English.
A Syrian girl’s headscarf was ripped off her head while being insulted and told to home.
These acts have created a climate of fear and anxiety that has permeated our society. Many of our clients have fled oppressive governments that limit freedoms, and imprison and torture people who speak out. For them, these recent political statements condemning immigrants and endorsing the use of torture are nothing short of terrifying.
One Guatemalan client suffered a stroke the day after the election and attributed it to her anxiety about the potential impacts on her asylum case, fearing return to a violent and dangerous situation that she and her young children had courageously escaped.
But for these and other refugees, who have the right to live without fear and violence, we respond with courage and hope. To quote Martin Luther King Jr., “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” PTR intends to launch several post-trauma resiliency and healing groups, creating a safe space for refugees and asylees including Yemeni girls and boys, Afghan women, Central American women and LGBTQ men, to heal from their trauma, reduce their isolation, learn about their rights and strengthen their resiliency.
Today, we remain encouraged and send a special thank you to the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Genentech, Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Whole Foods for their confidence in our work and contribution to our efforts.
Join us in creating safe spaces for healing and justice, today.