World Day of Migrants and Refugees
On Sunday, September 27, we celebrated the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) that Pope Francis dedicated to internally displaced persons, titled “Like Jesus Christ, Forced to Flee.” He reminds us that displaced people offer us the opportunity to meet the Lord in those who flee threats and dangers. These crises, the displacement it causes, and the refugees it brings to our doorstep or a border far away, are “unseen tragedies” exacerbated by the global pandemic.
On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees we wrapped up our #SolidarityAcrossBorders campaign. During the last three months, we shared migrant stories that addressed issues of education and access to rights while we also lifted up immigrant essential workers in the US. Thank you to the Jesuit networks across the Americas who helped us implement this campaign to share stories and shed light on some of the obstacles that migrant communities face.
We are happy to welcome Alma Reynosa, who just joined the Kino team last month as our psychologist. Originally from Nogales, Sonora, Alma is a licensed psychologist who graduated from the University of Sonora in 2018. She feels inspired to work with migrants and create spaces for addressing mental health, recognizing that among their many needs, socio-psychological health is often overlooked in migrant populations. She hopes to be able to provide migrants with tools and mechanisms that foster emotional stability and health among the migrant community at KBI.