La Triste Frontera/The Sad Border and the American Dream Symposium

Earlier this month, the "La Triste Frontera/the Sad Border and the American Dream" Symposium provided insightful discussions from multi-disciplinary speakers and moderators. The medical-legal event, organized by the University of Minnesota Law School, covered a range of topics including immigration law and policy underpinning border issues, migrant health issues, trauma and the migrant experience, chemical dependency within the migrant community, and community power.

Included in this event was Dr. Miguel Fiol, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Neurology. He delivered the welcome address, moderated a discussion on mordbidity at the border, and is the founder of Frente Acción Latinx de Minnesota, who was a co-sponsor of this event. Other co-sponsors were the James H. Binger Center for New Americans, City of St. Paul Immigrant and Refugee Program, and Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

Faculty member Haitham Hussein, MD, MSc, FAHA, FAAN, was a speaker in this event in the discussion on community power. This closing topic covered information about culturally appropriate service, promoting trauma-informed care, and reducing bias & improving outcomes. 

View the full program from the symposium on June 3rd. 

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