SIROW's Elizabeth "Libby" Valdez and co-authors were highlighted by the Association of Schools and Programs for Public Health
From the Article
"Arizona Researchers Explore the Public Health Impact of 'Humanitarian Parole'"
"Since October 2013, the United States Customs and Border Patrol has apprehended more than 15,500 families in the southwest border region of the United States. Every day, migrating women and children from Mexico and Central America who qualify for humanitarian parole are released from immigration detention to Project Helping Hands (PHH), a humanitarian aid organization in Southern Arizona. Humanitarian parole is a discretionary authority used sparingly in situations to grant entry to individuals who would otherwise be inadmissible into the U.S. It is one of the temporary protection programs offered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). After several days in detention facilities, these families arrive tired, hungry, dehydrated, and with minimal direction regarding their final destination, and adherence to the parameters of their parole. PHH utilizes a network of volunteers to provide the women and children with food, water, clothing, hygiene products, hospitality, and legal orientation..."