Las Cumbres was recently awarded a federal grant to identify, screen, assess and provide comprehensive trauma treatment for immigrant chidren ages 0-18 who have experienced separation from a parent or caregiver due to deportion 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, has already sent a team to the border this past February to visit Las Cruces, El Paso and Juarez community advocates and church representatitves. among others.
The Santuario Project Team within Las Cumbres now provides specialized biilingual 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.
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.