Humanitarian Parole in Border Regions
H.O.M.E. clinicians document the emergency mental health needs of persons outside US ports of entry who are seeking immediate care and protection. This service can be vital to traumatized persons who are unable to access urgent care or who are especially vulnerable to their high-risk environments. The need for this service shifts with changing border policies, and H.O.M.E. responds quickly to these shifts.
Services for Detained Immigrants
Immigrants held in ICE detention centers often have urgent mental health needs, including suicide risk. Most fled trauma events in their home countries, and the detention environment brings trauma of its own. By attorney request, H.O.M.E. clinicians can document a detainee’s mental health needs. We recently partnered with Innovation Law Lab to report on harmful systemic mental health conditions in the Torrance County Detention Facility (TCDF).
Expert Assessments for Immigration Court
For asylum seekers, US entry is only the beginning. Most cases are eventually denied, and in fact, the asylum grant rate is only about 30%. However, asylum seekers represented by attorneys have grant rates around 60%, and those served by both an attorney and a health professional have grant rates near 90%. Mental health documentation gives voice to traumatized individuals who might otherwise be unable to describe their histories or explain their needs. H.O.M.E. provides similar services for immigrant victims of trafficking, crime, or domestic violence. .
Educating to End Psychologically Harmful Immigration Practices
We seek to empower individuals, communities, and policymakers to challenge and reform these practices, promoting a more humane and compassionate approach to immigration. Together, let's stand against the psychological toll inflicted by outdated policies and work towards building a future where every person, regardless of their immigration status, is treated with dignity and respect. Join the movement – it's time to break the chains of psychological harm and build a more inclusive and compassionate society for all.