Published On: October 11th, 2018

Lives in Limbo: Trauma, Healing and the Immigrant Experience


Monday, October 29
Wong Auditorium, MIT Tang Center, Building E51
2 Amherst St, Cambridge
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Immigration policies, along with anti-immigrant rhetoric at the local and national levels, have generated trauma with lasting impacts on children, families and residents who consider the United States their home.  In this CCF forum, researchers, primary care physicians, and mental health practitioners will discuss the impact of current immigration policies on the health and wellbeing of immigrant populations, offering practical strategies for individuals coping with trauma and the clinical teams supporting them.

Admission is free; voluntary donations to the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants are welcome.

The lecture hall is at the corner of Amherst and Wadsworth Streets, a two-block walk from the Kendall Square/MIT MBTA Station. Parking is limited. For detailed directions, visit the MIT Building E51 webpage.

Forum Speakers

Renee D. Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD
Primary Care Pediatrician, Boston Medical Center
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Founding Director, Vital Village Community Engagement Network

Diya Kallivayalil, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Outpatient Psychiatry Department, Cambridge Health Alliance
Co-author, The Trauma Recovery Group: A Guide for Practitioners

Smith Guillaume H. Lamothe
Clinical Navigator, Boston Medical Center

Michele Rudy
Ed.L.D. Doctorate of Education Leadership Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Founding Board member, Aliento

Robert P. Marlin, MD, PhD, MPH
Primary Care Internist and medical anthropologist, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA)
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Coordinated Care Program for Political Violence Survivors and the Refugee Health Assessment Program at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA)
Director, Community Health Engagement in the CHA Department of Medicine

Jonathan L. Walton, MDiv, PhD (moderator)
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister, Memorial Church of Harvard University
Professor of Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School

Sponsors include the Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship, the Louis Foundation, and the Fish Family Foundation.

The CCF believes that the immigration crisis is a humanitarian crisis and the one thing that we can all stand behind is the right for people—all people—to have legal representation. Learn more about how to support immigrants in our surrounding communities here.