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Sign the Letter Opposing Separation of Families

Please consider signing an urgent letter addressed to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, expressing grave concerns about the administration’s stated practice of separating migrant and asylum-seeking families at the U.S. border. (Letter written by Physicians for Human Rights)

We are convinced that mandatory family separation is profoundly harmful to children and to families, in addition to being morally egregious and a violation of fundamental human rights. The letter, below for your consideration, references medical research and clinical experience from PHR’s network of experts to send a strong message underscoring the lasting negative health impact of separation on children.

Add your voice now (click here)

We call for the administration to immediately end this practice and instead to strive to reunite families who have been separated and to keep families together in community-based settings while their proceedings are pending.

 

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 Family Health Care is a Safe Place

 Equity – We believe in the inherent worth of each individual and strive to interact respectfully and fairly with each person, particularly those who are most vulnerable by approaching each individual with compassion and caring.
 
A critical value of Family Health Care 

 

Family Health Care is a Safe Place-

We pledge to be a welcoming place for GLBTQ people, for refugees, for immigrants, and for people who may feel threatened because of their sexuality, their immigration status, race or ethnicity.

 

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Artist Crystal Cook

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“I came to you as an immigrant, with no money and could not speak English then. I did not even know the nature of my ailment. I just knew sometimes I did not feel good. You accepted me and treated me better than I have been treated at places in my home when I could afford to pay. Your staff has always treated me respectfully. I am not sure why or how I got the treatment and care I needed, except by knowing you. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity you gave me to rid myself of this ailment and the grace with which you did it.”

 

The letter came in October, 2015 from a young woman who came to us from a mostly Muslim country on the other side of the world. She had been through a lot, including a blood transfusion that had not only saved her life at the time, but had transmitted Hepatitis C. She did not choose Kansas City and she happened to come to Family Health Care. She did not choose much about her life.

 

 

 


 

 

FHC places a premium on outreach to others- to refugees, to vulnerable people. Recall how important immigration and visitors have been to our nation. In the 1960's President Kennedy recognized the importance of using our valuable educational resources to develop ambassadors to the world:  
 
 

JFK:

“I believe that if we meet our responsibilities, if we extend the hand of friendship, if we live up to the ideals of our own revolution, then the course of other revolutions will be towards democracy and freedom….We hope that when you go back as future leaders of your country, as their investment in the future- you will regard this great effort (of the U.S.) to advance the welfare of your country…we hope that you will think well of this country (the U.S.)…We hope you will be our ambassadors to the people of your country.”

 

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Heather Barros - Bird's fleeing forrest fire

 “When things fall apart, the children of the land scurry and scatter like birds escaping a burning sky....They will never be the same again because you cannot be the same once you leave behind who and what you are, you just cannot be the same....Look at them leaving in droves, despite knowing they will be welcomed with restraint in those strange lands because they do not belong”
- NoViolet Bulawayo

Dr. Lee is a member of Physicians for Human Rights and is trained in documentation of physical and psychological effects of abuse and torture. In more than thirty years of practice she has provided forensic evaluations for numerous victims of assaults/abuse/torture and has lectured on female genital mutilation at the University of Kansas and in other professional development settings.

 Physicians for Human Rights- Using science and medicine to stop human rights violations.

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Attorneys may contact Family Health Care at 913-722-3100 to make appointments for people requiring asylum examinations. There is no charge for these evaluations.

Physicians for Human Rights

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As a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Physicians for Human Rights shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.


 

"I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present..."
 
- Kofi Anan, Secretary General of the United Nations 

 
Family Health Care welcomes- 
 
  • All cultures
  • All religions
  • All genders
  • All LGBT
  • All colors
  • All ages
  • ALL PEOPLE

 

 

What we mean by Safe Place-

Family Health Care does not report to I.C.E.

Family Health Care does not withhold treatment due to an individual's immigration status, race, ethnicity or LGBTQ status.

Family Health Care staff members pledge to be thoughtful and caring about the feelings of people who are vulnerable in our society.

Family Health Care supports and celebrates the differences that make us strong as an organization, a community and as a nation.

 

 

For more about refugees- click here.

 

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Artist- Ruba Alash

          
         
          Who are the refugees?

 

From where do most refugees flee?

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Ahmet Asar - Kurdish refugees 2013

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Worldwide 2013

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Where do refugees go?
 
There are 196 countries in today's world. Some are not hospitable, torn by war and pestulance. Some host and welcome refugees. (Note the US is among the top ten countries accepting refugees at number 10.)

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2013 UN Data

 

KDHE Refugee Manual