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Student receives Grant to Explore Resilience Among Migrant Children

Student receives Grant to Explore Resilience Among Migrant Children
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A student in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IHS) Ph.D. program got $5,000. It was given by the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life (IDCL) to support her research project on resilience among migrant children.

Student to Do Important Work with Migrant Children

Migrating from the Northern Triangle of Central America, children and their families are coming over. This is due to the pervasiveness of social inequality, poverty, violence, and corruption. In fact, this display to danger is continuing during their journey through Mexico and upon arrival in the United States.

Georgina Sanchez Garcia, a student at The University of Texas at El Paso, is studying child migrants from Central America and Mexico. It is with her faculty advisor, Professor Emeritus Mark Lusk, Ed.D. Lusk has main support from the Programa de Investigación en Migración y Salud (PIMSA) at the West Coast university. In fact, Sanchez has visited children on the border, where she has conducted 38 interviews with migrant children.

Trauma of Migratory Experience

Prior research with migrants from the region has shown notwithstanding the trauma of the migratory experience. They show incredible resilience on their journey north. However, these investigations have been conducting with adults and adolescents. Moreover not with young children. As has been broadly showing, the younger the child, the more serious the emotional damage. In fact, there is also less understanding of the children´s migratory experience from their own viewpoint.

In fact, the research project will give migration policy and then contribute to trauma-informed treatment. Moreover, It will also promote the identification of the child. This is with the whole rights of expression, social status and protection, regardless of the territory or nation, Lusk said.

“Moreover, the plight of children, the most at risk among migrants, is an critical scientific and humanitarian issue,” he added.

UTEP’s IHS Ph.D. program prepares graduates with the commitment, knowledge, and skills to address compound health issues facing individuals, families, and communities. This would be in the border region, across the country, and abroad in an ethically and empirically grounded manner.

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