The Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM), in collaboration with the Health Initiative of the Americas and the Mexican Cultural Institute (MCI), hosted a community forum on mental health and immigration. Early on Saturday, June 23, more than one hundred Mexican and Central American leaders gathered to participate in this interesting community dialogue.
The event's keynote speaker, Dr. Joseba Achotegui, professor at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and Director of psychosocial care services to immigrants and refugees, gave an extensive explanation on the challenges faced by migrants and their families, including the emotional effects caused by migration to a foreign country, such as adapting to a new language, culture, immigration laws and all other aspects surrounding migration.
He also emphasized the contributions made by migrants in the places they migrate to due to their strong desire to prosper and succeed, for which so many of them represent the vitality and energy of the communities they migrate to.
The event also served as a space in which to provide information to the participating leaders on the recent passing of the "deferred action" protection of young DREAMers.
Many questions were answered and information was provided on the requirements needed to be eligible for the executive order passed by President Obama on June 15, 2012.
To conclude the presentation, a report was given on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).