Thousands of immigrants seeking asylum are arriving at the border each month, fleeing war, poverty, violence, and discrimination. Our clinical network reports to us that many of these immigrants have urgent health needs that are going unmet. Exacerbated by a dangerous and long migration, often precipitated by a lifetime of toxic stress and traumatic events, and sometimes the direct result of violence in their homelands, these illnesses and injuries can be debilitating and deadly -- and they are too often overlooked while in detention. A new Human Rights Watch report uncovered “subpar and dangerous practices” that constitute “systemic deficits in immigration detention facility health care.”
Medical Review for Immigrants (MRI) seeks to change that. The new MCN initiative, launched in June 2018, links clinicians with pro-bono attorneys to get immigrants with urgent health needs out of detention and into care.
Through MRI, a physician is mobilized to quickly provide a Letter of Declaration for an attorney to request humanitarian parole for a seriously ill immigrant client, which enables the client to be released to receive essential care. Once released, MRI then assures that the client reaches the treatment she needs, with records transfer, follow-up services, and case management. MRI leans on MCN’s clinical network of over 10,000 constituents and over 30 years of experience working with health care providers coast to coast, and utilizes MCN’s Health Network, a proven cost-effective bridge case management system for patients who are moving while needing ongoing care.
But we need your help to launch this new initiative. Migrant Clinicians Network will build the basic infrastructure of MRI, beginning with outreach to physicians and pro-bono immigration agencies, law centers, and trusted private immigration attorneys across the country. Your donations will allow us to train physicians to properly write Letters of Declaration and to bring clinicians together virtually for a community of learning to help overcome potential hurdles. Finally, your donations will fund the case management needed to find and coordinate ongoing health care for patients after they are released -- an essential next-step after a patient receives humanitarian parole through MRI.
Please donate to MRI today.
If you are a physician who would like to participate in this initiative, please sign up HERE.
Make a tax-deductible gift to Migrant Clinicians Network to help us fight for health justice for the mobile poor, supporting a wide range of MCN services like free and effective case management for mobile patients, bilingual and low-literacy work safety materials for dairy and agricultural workers, and education for clinicians on the frontline. Thank you for your generosity!
As the island of Puerto Rico begins to recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria, millions of people will be facing new risks and diseases they have never had to deal with at this magnitude. Health concerns range from infectious diseases, traumatic stress, to new challenges with managing diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Families and workers face significant hazards as they return home and begin to rebuild, including black mold, vermin, contaminated water, no sanitation systems, and more. This dire situation is one that most physicians, nurses, and outreach workers in Puerto Rico are not prepared to deal with on this scale.
We at MCN have long-standing partnerships with health centers across Puerto Rico and they need our help now more than ever. As we are responding to their requests for help, we are developing much needed trainings and Spanish-language resources for clinicians on the ground so they can successfully care for their patients as the island embarks on the long road to recovery. With your support, we can begin delivering these trainings in the next few months.
Just as clinicians on the ground need us, we need you. The cost of this project is $25,000 and every gift, no matter how small or big, can help a get a clinician or nurse in Puerto Rico valuable information and support so they can help those in their community. We embrace the powerful sentiment and words of our colleague Dr. Jose Rodriguez, the medical director of a health center in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, “We are a hospitable of the people for the people and no one can stop us of from coming out this darkness.”
Together, we can make a difference and help Puerto Rico rise above the darkness.