2014 Border Crisis
APPEAL FOR CLINICAL VOLUNTEERS
& EMERGENCY FUNDING
COHI is now on the ground in McAllen, Texas, providing care and trainings at a health clinic specifically set up to help women and children affected by the 2014 Border Crisis.
In partnership with The Hope Clinic, a local McAllen clinic, COHI will be responsible for staffing the clinic with volunteer clinicians and providing training to the surrounding community on relevant issues, such as human trafficking and trauma.
The flow of refugees remains a continuing issue in the 2014 Border Crisis. This important issue isn’t headline news any longer, but COHI remains committed to providing health care to these vulnerable women and children.
“The influx of refugees during the 2014 border crisis has created a need for increased health care services for the women and children suffering from an extraordinary journey,” said Sera Bonds, founder of Circle of Health International. “Our mission at COHI perfectly aligns with the Hope Clinic. COHI will be able to provide trauma and human trafficking training and staff the clinic with volunteer clinicians.”
Volunteer Clinicians Needed Through December 31st
Elizabeth Seldon providing health care to a refugee from Central America. Seldon is a volunteer clinician who traveled from New York City to assist refugees seeking care at the clinic
The clinic will be staffed with volunteer clinicians from throughout the United States. Volunteer clinicians are needed immediately to staff the clinic. Various types of clinicians may apply: MD, RN, NP, and PAs with Family Medicine, OBGYN, or Pediatrics. Volunteers are needed through December 31st, 2014, and must be fluent in Spanish and able to commit a minimum of one week. Texas residents are preferred. Travel expenses and housing will be provided.
Email Molly Ryan at Circle of Health International:mryan [at] cohintl.org or call 347-712-1721.
Emergency Funding Appeal
COHI needs your help to respond to this crisis and get help to the women and children who need it most. COHI is working to recruit physicians — and we are charged with educating the Rio Grande Valley by conducting trainings to health care workers and the community on issues like human trafficking and trauma. To continue our important work on this issue, we urge you to donate now to help the women and children we serve.
Read More About Our Work Relating to the 2014 Border Crisis
Sera Bonds presented on COHI’s work during the recent conference on the 2014 border crisis at the University of Texas at Austin. You can read our blog post about the powerful event.
The latest breaking news item related to the crisis is allegations of sexual misconduct in a Texas detention facility that houses the women and children. COHI is charged with educating the Rio Grande Valley by conducting trainings to health care workers and the community. When this news item broke recently, founder of COHI Sera Bonds spoke with NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss the increased risk of sexual exploitation of women and children.
Communications Director, COHI
jchristian [at] cohintl.org