As the humanitarian crises of the children on the run continues to unfold with their presence now in the public schools, we, the mental health professionals have an opportunity to help in many ways. This can be done at many different levels, as it has been presented to the readers by these authors: Nayeli Chavez-Dueñas, PhD, Hector Y Adamanes, Psy.D. and Mackenzie T. Goertz,B.A. in their article: Esperanza Sin Fronteras: Understanding The Complexities Surrounding the Unaccompanied Refugee Children from Central America, published in the first issue of Latina/o Psychology Today. They make a compelling call for all professionals who are interested in collaborating on this humanitarian effort. The first level of this help involves increasing the knowledge and awareness about this problem for the self: by learning about it through the many sources of information available, as you also become increasingly aware of your own reactions to this situation. And then, informing others, to dispel myths and provide information about the realities and needs of these young refugees. The second level is advocacy: using your professional role and expertise as a platform to promote services for these children. Finally, the third level is through research to inform individual and family interventions, as well as a basis for a more humane treatment of children seeking refuge and protection in the USA. This new journal has great information about this topic in many of its contributions and they have a pdf format available for free at:

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Another excellent source of knowledge on the impact of immigration on mental health can be found on the Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Immigration (2012). Crossroads: the psychology of immigration in the new century. Washington DC:Author.  Visit:  To acces the report  you can visit:

And finally, an invitation to a conference to further your knowledge:Conference Unacc Children

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