The Trauma of Being Stuck at the US-Mexico Border
Emily Green, VICE (February 10, 2021)
A mental health crisis is emerging among some 60,000 asylum seekers who were forced to stay in Mexico under the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy as their cases are processed in the United States. These individuals are stranded in some of Mexico’s most dangerous cities. Their compounding trauma has become so apparent that the organization Doctors Without Borders has begun offering therapy sessions to people, roughly a quarter of whom are children, living in an encampment along the Rio Grande. Separated from their loved ones, existing in a perpetual state of uncertainty over their futures, and vulnerable to being kidnapped, extorted, or killed, many believe that this mental health crisis will continue even after the policy is changed.