Building Bridges, not Walls

by Circle of Health International
Building Bridges, not Walls
Needs assessment at an asylum clinic in Texas
Needs assessment at an asylum clinic in Texas

Dear COHI Family,

We are reaching out to you with an important update about our programming with asylum seekers along the Texas-Mexico border. As you know, most of our work has been based in McAllen, TX with some recent programming happening in San Antonio. However, recent changes in the situation at the border have caused us to reevaluate our strategy.

The current administration's Remain in Mexico policy, along with the recent announcement of the refugee admissions ceiling for 2020, has meant a huge shift in the situation at the border - with many more families forced to pass through other points of entry, or even remain stranded on the Mexican side of the border. As a rapid response organization, COHI is always committed to implementing programming that aligns with the reality at hand. 

That's why we're expanding our partnership with Sueños Sin Fronteras de Tejas (SSFTX) to include funding work in new areas along both sides of the border. We'll be working with them later this week to do a needs assessment in these new regions, in order to ensure high quality health programming that is as effective as possible.

Will you join us in making sure asylum seeking families receive the care they need, no matter where they are?



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A musical moment at the Respite Center in McAllen
A musical moment at the Respite Center in McAllen

Dear COHI Friends and Family,

These past few weeks have been a dark time for US Border Policy. COHI is deeply disturbed by the news surrounding the inhumane living conditions of migrant children in US detention centers. This practice, along with the recent deaths due in part to the Remain in Mexico policy, are violations of human rights carried out by this administration against human beings who are merely excercising their right to seek asylum. At a time when we are feeling hopeless, COHI has some good news.

We are very proud to officially announce our new partnership with Sueños Sin Fronteras de Tejas (SSFTX), a Latinx, womxn run organization that provides direct relief to migrant families coming from the Texas-Mexico border. Together, COHI and SSFTX will be continuing to raise funds to supply respite centers along the border with essential supplies and high-quality medical care.

Join us in making sure that once these migrant families are released from detention, they receive the respect and dignity they deserve. Donate to sponsor a COHI medical visit today.



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COHI Clinician Monica Treating Migrant Children
COHI Clinician Monica Treating Migrant Children


Over the past month, reports have continued to come out detailing the abuse that asylum seekers at the Texas-Mexico border have experienced while in US custody. At COHI, we are all too familiar with this narrative: women and children being harmed while in vulnerable situations. As an emergency response organization, COHI understands the pervasive and entrenched nature of this abuse against populations experiencing crisis. That's why we are steadfast in our resolve to consistently show up for this at-risk population.

COHI is dedicated to creating safe spaces, that are staffed with linguistically and culturally competent health care professionals, where the health needs of migrants can be addressed with care and respect. We are committed to staffing our partner asylum clinics, down in McAllen, with midwives and clinicians who are ready to get to work. We just need your help in getting them there. Join us in helping keep mamas and babies safe by supporting our work with asylum seekers along the border. Thanks to Global Giving's generosity, now through April 12th your donation will be matched at 50% - making all the difference for the families we care for. 

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It is our pleasure to introduce you to Carolina. Carolina is a US midwife who served as COHI’s Texas Borderlands Coordinator this past summer while we were expanding our work caring for separated families, to span 1000 miles of US/Mexico borderlands. She was on the front lines of some of the hardest of our work over the last few months. It was really, really hard work on us all personally and professionally and her leadership was such a tremendous asset.

Want to know more about what we did for families along the US/Mexico border this year?  Watch the video and hear about our shared impact directly from Carolina!


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COHI is proud to announce that we are taking another delegation to the Texas/Mexico border in November. This group is a special one; we'll have COHI Board and Staff plus a clinician and volunteers on the ground serving at the clinic. The most recent estimates are 175 people per day coming through the clinic we staff. Please stay tuned for more from our upcoming trip!

We're also still hearing news about the families who are not released and remain in custody. The amount of time children have spent in custody has nearly doubled since last year. The longer they stay in these tent cities, the worse the long-term effects will be. We are working to expand our medical and psychological support across the border – but the worse this gets, the harder recovery will be. The recent New York Times article describes the situation well.

Thanks for your support.

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Circle of Health International

Location: Austin, TX - USA
Project Leader:
Leah Little
Austin, TX United States
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