UPDATE: Santuario del Corazon's mobile team has completed nine trips to the NM/TX/MX borderland, establishing collaborative partnerships both at the border, in El Paso, and at home in northern New Mexico. A total of fifty-four children are now being served in the agency's service regions of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, and Taos counties. Key partnerships include the Mexican Consulate, Refugee Health Provider Network, Santa Fe Dreamers Project, Gerard’s House for Grieving Children, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Casa el Migrante shelter in Cuidad Juarez, Diocesan Migrant Refugee Services, Hope Border Institute, and Upbring ORR Foster Care Program will be focused on in order to strengthen the system of care for families.
Las Cumbres was recently awarded a federal grant to identify, screen, assess and provide comprehensive trauma treatment for migrant children ages 0-18 who have experienced separation from a parent or caregiver due to deportation or arriving in the United States as an unaccompanied minor. This project, Santuario del Corazon, or the Heart Sanctuary: Healing Traumatic Stress in Immigrant Children, is issuing their team to visit Las Cruces, El Paso and Juarez community advocates and church representatives. among others.
The Santuario Project Team within Las Cumbres now provides specialized bilingual and bicultural services to immigrant children in two distinct ways: screening and triage for children at detention and/or immigrant shelters along the NM/MX border, and wraparound family navigation and comprehensive clinical treatment to children in our northern New Mexico service regions of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, and Taos Counties.
We are currently appealing to community partners to assist in raising community awareness and building resiliency around the needs and recovery of these children. Below are a number of ways you can help. A recent story appeared in the Albuquerque Journal regarding the involvement of Monique Jacobson, former New Mexico Cabinet Secretary with the Children, Youth and Families Department. To view that story for additional details, please use this link.
For more information about partnering in any of the areas below, please contact Jose Gonzales, Project Director, at 575.779.9119 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help with the project through:
1) Referrals: if you know immigrant children in need of services because their caregiver was deported or they arrived as an unaccompanied minor. Contact Jose or one of the agency offices to make a referral.
2) Connections: if you know of other providers or resoures you think we could coordinate with, or you would like to become directly involved yourself, please contact Jose.
3) Community Leadership: we want to build awareness around this situation, the trauma these children have experienced and what we as a community can do to support them. Email or call Jose.
4) Engagement: if you would like to be periodically informed of upcoming project events and trainings, please call Jose and you will be added to our communication. Donate today to help toward continuation of this timely project.