The Trump Administration's new ‘remain in Mexico’ policy is causing an influx of migrants waiting on the Mexican side of the border. By the time they reach the border, many migrants are traumatized, have untreated chronic diseases and are in need of medical treatment.
In response to this dynamic situation, The Harvard Global Health Institute, The Woodrow Wilson Center, Boston College School of Social Work, The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and Harvard University Mexican Association of Students, will convene key policymakers, experts and frontline workers to discuss the current conditions on the border, extrapolate applicable lessons learned from other crises, and identify approaches to ensuring basic health coverage for this vulnerable population.
This event is the second in a series, following 'The Public Health Crisis on the U.S Border: A Call for Action' hosted by the Harvard Global Health Institute.
Welcome Remarks 12:00 – 12:15 PM Stefanie Friedhoff, Director of Content and Strategy, Harvard Global Health Institute
Keynote Speaker 12:15 – 1:00 PM Dr. J. Eduardo González-Fagoaga, Assistant Professor, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, The University of Arizona
Panel 1: Understanding the Needs on the Ground: Voices from the Frontline of the Northern Mexican Border 1:00 – 2:15 PM ● Adolfo Flores, National Security Correspondent for Immigration, Buzzfeed News ● Julie Qashu, Emergency Medicine Nurse, Volunteer ● Alejandro Olayo-Mendez, Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Social Work ● Father Javier Calvillo, Director of Casa Del Migrante ● Moderated by : Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Social Studies, Harvard University
Break 2:15 – 2:30 PM -
Panel 2: What Works and What Doesn’t: Lessons Learned from Providing Care to Vulnerable Populations 2:30 – 3:45 PM ● Eunice Rendón, Representative, Chicanos por la Causa ● Thomas Crea, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Global Programs at the School of Social Work, Boston College ● Paul Spiegel, Director, Center for Humanitarian Health, John Hopkins University (joining remotely ) ● Kiryn Lanning, Senior Technical Advisor for Emergencies, Violence Prevention & Response, International Rescue Committee ● Moderated by : Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, Harvard University
Closing Remarks 3:45 – 4:00 PM Rachel Schmidtke, Program Associate, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center
Presented in collaboration with Harvard Global Health institute; Wilson Center, Mexican Institute; and Boston College, School of Social Work