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Pop-Up Clinic for Refugees in TJ

$16,140 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 167 people in 15 months
Created May 1, 2018
Abhorrent conditions in Central American countries have continued to force migrants north to Tijuana to escape trauma and persecution. Concurrently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has enacted policies such as metering to limit the number of people that can begin the asylum process to 10-40 each day. They also send asylum seekers to return to hostile conditions in Tijuana as they await legal proceedings. As a result, health crises continue to propagate in already crowded shelters and camps with thousands of migrants seeking refuge. 

To help address this immense need, San Diego Border Dreamers (SDBD) and Refugee Health Alliance (RHA),  have organized trips every Saturday to the shelters in Tijuana to provide medical care.  Clinical teams between 15-35 volunteers are deployed to sites across Tijuana and typically see between 100-200 patients each Saturday. Furthermore, we have established a clinic at an autonomous community space where asylum seekers also come to receive free meals and legal support. This clinic is open six days a week and is typically staffed by 1-2 providers and 1-2 support staff. The clinic sees between 10-30 patients each day and has access to basic labs, radiography, and testing. We also subsidize the hospitalization of critically ill migrants and work with lawyers to produce medical documentation used for critical asylum proceedings. Since our inception in November 2018, we have completed approximately 4,000 patient consultations and we have become the largest healthcare provider to the migrants and the shelters in Tijuana, with the exception of the Mexican government. 

 Our focus is not exclusive to medical treatment. We also provide mental health services in the form psychological consultations and group support to vulnerable subsets of the population including unaccompanied minors and LGBT members. We also host recreational therapy sessions, which have included activities like art and yoga to promote psychological and physical well being. 

Because there remains a tremendous need, our work is only limited by resources and volunteers. We would like to kindly ask for your donations to continue this grassroots effort to provide medical aid and support to asylum seekers. Your donations will go towards items on our needs list. Direct donations for these goods are also welcome.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U1BouD6cNzJcP6Rxk3OqbFdDmJdW_NMilmtdLDBPVRI/edit

If you would like join our efforts on the ground please fill out this form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PI1Vt7j5ONCked9RgaJm5K62vt8Hwd4qkTybpHOfKYE/edit


For more information please refer to this list of news articles published about our project:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U1BouD6cNzJcP6Rxk3OqbFdDmJdW_NMilmtdLDBPVRI/edit


For questions or requests please contact: phil.s.canete@gmail.com

In solidarity,

San Diego Border Dreamers 
Refugee  Health Alliance

Photo Credit: Hal Robert Myers
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Hello Everyone,

We would like to provide you all with an update on our work. Your donations have been extremely helpful as we have had over 1000 patient visits. Not only are we hosting large weekly clinics, which have seen up to 175 patients a day, but through your donations, we have built a clinic opened 7 days a week and staffed by dedicated volunteers that see 8-20 patients daily. Here are some articles if you are interested in keeping up with our work!!

ABC News Article:
https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/san-diego-doctor-describes-health-conditions-at-migrant-camps-in-tijuana?fbclid=IwAR2wZSRv7mx2DfEmumAlYy1vISrRyDWoOASUvt8aUeSYYHRpft_G3nUqcKc

El Sol de Tijuana Article:
https://www.elsoldetijuana.com.mx/local/medicos-voluntarios-de-eu-siguen-brindando-atencion-a-migrantes-2882603.html?fbclid=IwAR3BLRY5X9UlBH8TeO5MVgm-6I7xtYwAugJgBGzQrSd1y0XhSOSX_0LxCsU

NPR Article: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/22/679304218/for-asylum-seekers-waiting-in-mexico-volunteers-offer-medical-help?fbclid=IwAR1GI_89X0RW6Md_vMywsRHNZPaQViu0dRnoRWrYJyLc9EWiAEcuzu15UBQ

StarTribune:
http://www.startribune.com/immigration-what-we-saw-in-tijuana-and-the-solutions-it-suggests/504722242/

Moreover, our work was highlighted on California Healthline:

California Healthline Edition:
https://californiahealthline.org/morning-breakout/san-diego-doctors-head-to-border-to-offer-care-for-migrants-in-tijuanas-overflowing-shelters/
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Hello everyone!

Thank you all for your donations. We wanted to update you all to let you know that your contributions have allowed us to do so much work in the last few weeks. We have conducted three pop-up clinics so far in November and December have successfully provided care to over 200 refugees. However, our work is far from complete as these refugees are likely to stay in Tijuana for many more weeks-months until they given their legal right to asylum. As a result, we plan to continue our trips through January and potentially beyond. If you can help contribute more money to this cause or share our GoFundMe on your social media platforms, it would be much appreciated, and it will go a long way in helping with this effort. Thank you all once again!!

Photo Credit: Hal Robert Myers
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Hello everyone, I just wanted to thank you all for supporting us, in this case, to help in the current health crisis in Tijuana. Many months ago you all were kind enough to donate to this cause, and your funds were much appreciated. We did not use all the funds during the last exodus; however, we are still using your contributions to help with the current one. I wanted to take the time to thank you all!


Link to article on our work: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kpbs.org%2Fnews%2F2018%2Fnov%2F29%2Fsan-diego-doctors-volunteer-treat-migrants-crowded%2F%3Futm_content%3Dbufferfc411%26utm_medium%3Dsocial%26utm_source%3Dfacebook.com%26utm_campaign%3Dbuffer%26fbclid%3DIwAR0X8lqvzpR1qbdOpcNEXEFliKL7rqqt-NjTlaL4YiMM6FwxzuEjhJUciSQ&h=AT1t5wLUjLQW_1xpxxG9alk2jyqW_adu2qFdEiY7RAU-Gw4tPZJmefhoBzpwN_1_gigEn7uhrRCy4Kzhux1WXUEUR3MpsUYKKIZz5TTxT-IrbN8hRYy2nVTIKqlZr1FfjuHfVSIqbPA
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