Cronkite School writer-in-residence uncovers research on treating “immigration trauma”

More from this show

Immigrants and their family members can experience significant stress and trauma, which can range from dealing with past experiences in a home country to living a current life in the shadows. The Walter Cronkite school’s writer-in-residence Terry Greene Sterling reports on mental health issues facing immigrant communities. She joined Horizonte’s José Cárdenas earlier today.

Writing for The Guardian, Sterling reported on new research that suggests social justice activism helps allay symptoms of “immigration trauma,” a condition that has been documented in immigrant communities for years. The condition, often marked by PTSD, depression and anxiety, derives from many factors, including uncertainty regarding immigration policy and daily fears of losing loved ones to deportation in mixed-immigration-status-families that often include American citizens.

Arizona immigrants are pioneering new ways to reshape “immigration trauma,” Sterling reports. Germán Cadenas, an immigrant from Venezuela and a professor of Psychology at Lehigh University. His research suggests social justice activism can reshape trauma.

Reyna Montoya, also featured in the article, is strongly involved with healing immigrant trauma through a Valley nonprofit she founded, Aliento. Montoya’s own trauma stems from living in a mixed-status-family. Her father fought deportation for many years, and eventually adjusted his status.. The experience led Montoya to create a culturally competent healing space for mixed-immigration-status families.

Viridiana Hernández, the leader of the Phoenix nonprofit Poder in Action, along with her mother Rita, helped oust former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio by joining a movement to sign up voters. Among other things, the nonprofit is focused on dismantling discriminatory policing.

Terry Greene Sterling, Cronkite School writer-in-residence

The four men of Il Divo
airs June 2

Il Divo XX: Live from Taipei

Illustration of columns of a capitol building with text reading: Arizona PBS AZ Votes 2024

Arizona PBS presents candidate debates

An armed forces bugler playing the trumpet in front of the United States Capitol building.
aired May 26

National Memorial Day Concert 2024

Graphic for the AZPBS kids LEARN! Writing Contest with a child sitting in a chair writing on a table and text reading: The Ultimate Field Trip
May 26

Submit your entry for the 2024 Writing Contest

Subscribe to Arizona PBS Newsletters

STAY in touch
with azpbs.org!

Subscribe to Arizona PBS Newsletters: