Daily Archives: February 18, 2014

After parents’ deportation, U.S. children face mental struggles

Myrna Orozco says that her therapist diagnosed her with PTSD, but she had to stop seeing the therapist because she could not afford it anymore. As an undocumented immigrant, Orozco could not avail herself of most public health services, including counseling. [Photo courtesy of Myrna Orozco.]

Myrna Orozco says that her therapist diagnosed her with PTSD, but she had to stop seeing the therapist because she could not afford it anymore. As an undocumented immigrant, Orozco could not avail herself of most public health services, including counseling. [Photo courtesy of Myrna Orozco.]

Anthony Advincula

New America Media

NEW YORK — Myrna Orozco will never forget the phone call she got from her cousin in October 2011.

Immigration officials had arrested her father and taken him to a detention center in Kansas City, where the family was living at the time. 

“I was in shock,” she said. “I immediately thought about my mother and my younger siblings, and what was going to happen to all of us.”
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