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H.O.M.E.

Humanitarian Outreach for Migrant Emotional Health

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 gangs 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 local police turning them away and despite two violent encounters on their journey.

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.

What Sofia did not expect was that she had to prove her account was true.  How could she do this?  She had no pictures, no letters, no documents to support her claim.  She was in danger of being turned away.

Sofia's Solution

H.O.M.E. can help 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.
  • Document Sofia’s need for a safe environment where she and her child can recover.

Immigration Courts generally grant only 10%-30% of asylum applications.  But for asylum seekers with access to both an attorney and a mental health affidavit, the grant rate is approximately 90%.  There is no guarantee that a clinical report will change the outcome of Sofia’s case. but her odds are far better with this evidence.  In immigration courts across the nation, mental health testimony can and does make a difference.

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How it Works:

H.O.M.E. provides mental health documentation for humanitarian migrants at the US southern border, in ICE detention centers, and wherever they may be.  We are a new and growing organization who believe that Sofia and others like her deserve the chance to live safe, healthy lives.

H.O.M.E. gives migrants a chance to live safe, healthy lives by providing expert written testimony that greatly increases migrants' ability to be heard and understood by Immigration Courts. 

Sofia’s predicament is shared by everyone who requests humanitarian entry to the United States.  They carry the “burden of proof” in Immigration Courts, but they have no proof.  This is one of the reasons more asylum cases are denied than accepted.

Humanitarian migrants like Sofia rarely have means to pay for mental health assessment, which requires up to twenty hours of professional service.  So in keeping with our mission, HOME offers this service at no cost.

PURPOSE

Our purpose is to provide immigration attorneys and their humanitarian clients with mental health documentation of clients’ trauma histories, emotional and cognitive impact, fear of return, and other factors relevant to mental health and migration.  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

Coming soon... an opportunity to help individuals get the help they need. Your gift will help provide a mental health assessment for a vulnerable migrant. The assessment documents credible fear and trauma in the application process.


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