Experts speak out on mental health toll on unaccompanied migrant children | Local News

SAN YSIDRO AND CALEXICO, Calif. — In the last three years, Dr. Gaurav Mishra, Chief Behavioral Health Officer at San Ysidro Health, a wellness and health nonprofit in San Diego, has worked with unaccompanied migrant minors who at times are housed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) a federal agency.

Dr. Mishra stated that many of the children he worked with have experienced a significant amount of trauma in their countries of origin and some were escaping with the hope of a better life, defining unaccompanied minors as anybody younger than 18 years old who doesn’t have an adult family member or caregiver.

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