In addition to the trauma acquired as a result of the genocide, survivors who emigrate to a foreign country face additional psychosocial challenges in their new host country.
Families seeking adjustment of immigration status and other social services are often put through a needs assessment process which requires them to recount their traumatic experiences multiple times and puts them at risk for trauma recurrence.
Moreover, isolation, language and cultural adjustment challenges, poverty, and untreated genocide-related trauma all often add pressure to an already fragile emotional state and can cause a mental health crisis.
We address these challenges by connecting survivors to professional trauma specialists to prepare, evaluate, and guide them throughout these assessments. Evaluation Reports from these specialists are often used as guidance by immigration officers and other service providers to gain a better understanding of the psychological and emotional challenges faced by genocide survivors. They also enable them to make accurate assessments and determination for service and benefit eligibility.
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