Mental health resources for marginalized populations

If you need immediate help, please call your health provider or Lurie Children's at 1 800 543 7362. 
  Image via Dennis Bratland, Wikimedia Commons

Image via Dennis Bratland, Wikimedia Commons

We encourage people to reach out to affected youth and families to let them know they are not alone and that there is still a movement to safeguard their rights. 

For undocumented youth at this time, it is important to validate their concerns, noting that threats made to immigrant rights are serious. However, we want to remind them of the slow speed of political processes, the debate and discourse that are taking place as political and community groups champion immigrant rights, and the uncertainty about how repealing an executive order will translate into actual enforcement of immigration policies. 

DACA Update: 

On April 24 2018, US District Judge John Bates ruled that the Trump Administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program was unlawful. Judge Bates put this order on hold for 90 days to allow the administration to better explain its reasons for rescinding DACA. If the    administration fails to provide legitimate reasoning why it ended DACA, the judge will require USCIS to reinstate the DACA program entirely.  

1. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still accepting DACA renewal applications for individuals with current or expired DACA benefits.

2. USCIS is NOT accepting initial DACA applications at this time from individuals who have never been granted DACA.

3. It is unclear what impact this order might have on future DACA renewals. Therefore, the opportunity to file DACA renewals may be limited. Individuals who want to renew their protection are encouraged to seek a legal consultation as soon as possible.

  • If your DACA expired ON or AFTER September 5, 2016 you can submit a DACA renewal application. If your DACA expired BEFORE September 5, 2016 or was previously terminated, you can submit a new initial DACA application.

DACA recipients with current or expired DACA benefits may contact NIJC to schedule a DACA consultation by calling 312-660-1370 or emailing nijcild@heartlandalliance.org. DACA recipients eligible to renew their DACA may also sign up for NIJC's upcoming free DACA renewal clinics.


QUICK LINKS ON CHILDHOOD TRAUMA AND COPING WITH CRISIS SITUATIONS

Resource Sheet for Families, Parents, and Caregivers
Recursos Para Familias, Padres y Cuidadores


Condensed Resource Sheet for Professionals 
Recursos Para Profesionales