Speakers Series: A Humanitarian Crisis, Responding to the Border and a Call to Action

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Friday, January 11, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga, Ed.D, LCSW

For the past six months Belinda has been actively working at the border with the Bay Area Border Relief and her University of San Francisco team of counseling students to support the children and their families coming out of ICE Detention center after their long journey to the United States. She has been able to hear the stories of human rights violations so many have suffered in ICE Detention, sit with the children and hear their experiences and support families directly coming into the United States. Her work is also centered on future political advocacy to highlight the many children that are still separated from their parents in our United States Immigration Detention systems.

belinda hernandez arriana chronicleMaria (right) embraces her 11-year-old, as her son, 8, gets help with a computer from Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga. Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle READ ARTICLE

belinda hernandez arrianaDr. Arriaga is Founder and Executive Director of Ayudando Latinos A SoƱar. She is Faculty at University of San Francisco Counseling and Psychology Department in the School of Education and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. Both her clinical work and research is centered on Latino Mental Health, with a focus on understanding the psychological and emotional experiences of undocumented and mixed status children and families.

Locally her work is focused on ALAS and creating healing spaces for children through the cultural arts. ALAS has been growing since 2011 serving over one hundred kids a week in the programs of mariachi, ballet folkloric, tutoring and now mental health.

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