There is a new organization in the Seattle area, Puentes, focused on supporting undocumented families. They have partnered with Latino Community Fund, One America, Colectivo Legal del Pueblo, Detention Watch Center, and World Relief-Seattle to carry out their work. Although they are located in Seattle, Puentes serves communities beyond the Seattle city limits.
Puentes’ three focus areas are:
- Advocacy — Northwest Detention Center
- Counseling — Psychosocial evaluations for immigration cases
- Education — Trainings for mental health professionals and graduate students
According to a statement from Puentes, the organization “mobilizes mental health resources to help undocumented migrants and their families cope and flourish despite our broken immigration system.
We create innovative therapeutic spaces to promote social healing, the recovery of social agency, and engage community members to work towards immigration justice in the US.” (end)
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