Yanelli Was Deported. Now What?


Yanelli was deported today and many people are asking, “Now what?” For those of us who care, this was a tragic and sad situation. Unfortunately, there are many more undocumented youth who are battling with depression and other mental health issues. Many of us are currently in deportation proceedings or have already been deported like […]

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Treatment NOT Deportation: Vigil for Yanelli Hernandez


On Wednesday January 25th Yanelli was given an order of deportation from an immigration judge. She is currently scheduled to be deported on Tuesday, January 31st. A national effort has been launched to bring attention to Yanelli’s plight (http://bit.ly/dreamsuicide); over 4,000 supporters have signed onto a national petition demanding she be reunited with her family. […]

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Closing of Chicago Clinics Affects Undocumented Immigrants

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Members of the Immigrant Youth Justice League have been supporting the movement against the closing of mental health clinics in Chicago. This blog was written by Xanat Sobrevilla and Sean McClellan, two IYJL organizers. For more information and to get involved visit stopchicago.org or send an email to mentalhealthmovement@gmail.com. When you have mental health you […]

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Panel on Mental Health Implications of Being Undocumented

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Last year as the vote for the DREAM Act approached, IYJL members organized a Coming Out Event talking about how being undocumented affects our mental health. We invite you to listen to the stories like the one above and consider coming to the panel A DREAM Deferred, exploring the mental health implications of being undocumented—urging educators, counselors, […]

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As vote approaches undocumented youth talk about suicide, mental health & the DREAM Act

As undocumented youth all over the country are spending day and night working on the DREAM Act (not to mention work, school, family, etc), we thought it was important to also begin to talk publicly about our mental health, suicide, and how being undocumented relates. In Chicago, we decided to hold a public demonstration: A dream deferred, […]

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A dream deferred, a life denied

Undocumented youth talk about suicide, mental health and the DREAM Act, in memory of those who took their lives because their dreams and futures were denied. Tuesday, December 07, 2010 @ 12:00 PM, Federal Plaza Help us spread the word: Download the flyer, or check facebook. “I graduated in June of 2009, a day after my graduation […]

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