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Information to help providers address anti-immigrant behaviors their patients may be experiencing.

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Recently there has been a spike in racist threats and remarks to people of color, particularly those in our Muslim communities. Please be aware of how this new climate of fear impacts our patients of color and LGBTQ, particularly those who are refugees and immigrants. The following are some resources:

Health Care Provider Resources

Northwest Immigrant and Refugee Health Coalition
A coalition of health and service providers in Washington State have joined together to promote health equity for refugees, asylees and immigrants. This group was previously called the New Arrivals Working Group (NAWG), and was cited in the American Journal of Public Health as an example of innovative collaboration on behalf of refugees.  They have collaborated on several resources:

Tips for Providers and Resources for Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum Seekerspdf file
Provides suggestions about how to address the fears in our vulnerable populations, particularly children.

Resources for Individuals
Highlights 3 particular subgroups of the refugee & immigrant populations that are particularly vulnerable:  Muslim women, refugee & immigrant children, and undocumented immigrants.
Preliminary Messaging to Raise Awareness about the Significant Impact of the Presidential Election on Youth Health and Well-Being
The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's Center for Childhood Resilience and the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition have provided some guidance about awareness of children and youth experiencing distress post election and some steps adults can take to support youth.

Legal Resources

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) - Community Advisory - 11-22-16pdf file
Advisory guidance from NWIRP regarding DACA program after presidential election.
Highlighted Resource List on Immigration Raids
Created by Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services (BRYCS) to assist service providers working with migrant and refugees.