Karen Survivors

Intensive psychotherapy and case management for Karen refugees with Major Depression in primary care: a pragmatic randomized control trial

The article can be found here: Intensive psychotherapy and case management for Karen refugees with Major Depression in primary care: a pragmatic randomized control trial, in the journal BMC Family Practice. The authors of the study are Andrea K. Northwood, Maria M. Vukovich, Alison Beckman, Jeffrey P. Walter, Novia Josiah, Leora Hudak, Kathleen O’Donnell Burrows, James P. Letts and Christine C. Danner.

"Collaboration, pilot program could expand the Center for Victims of Torture’s work in MN"

An article at the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Session Daily, “Collaboration, pilot program could expand the Center for Victims of Torture’s work in MN,” quotes CVT’s Peter Dross, director of external relations, and Alison Beckman, senior clinician for external relations, and describes

IBHC for Refugees: A Qualitative Inquiry

Description

There is a tremendous unmet need for behavioral health services among refugee populations in the U.S. Integrated care is one promising approach to improving refugee populations’ access to high quality mental health services, and it is receiving increasing resources from funding sectors as part of health care reform. While there is much excitement about integrated care, there remains a clear need for research on how integrated care works in practice and how it works for specific populations.

War trauma and torture experiences reported during public health screening of newly resettled Karen refugees: a qualitative study

Cook, T., Shannon, P., Vinson, G., Letts, J., and Dwee, E.  (2015).  War trauma and torture experiences reported during public health screening of newly resettled Karen refugees: A qualitative study.  BMC: International Health and Human Rights, 15(8), 1-13.

Link is to abstract & web page for article. The full article is accessible on the right hand side of the page in plain text or PDF formats.

Eh Taw Dwe

Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Karen Organization of Minnesota

Eh Taw Dwe has played an integral role in the development of the Karen Organization of Minnesota. Eh Taw came to the United States in 2004 as a political refugee. Shortly after arriving in Minnesota, Eh Taw was hired by the St. Paul Ramsey County Department of Health, where he is currently employed. Eh Taw has been a tireless advocate for the Karen people in Minnesota. He has been asked to speak before numerous government, civic, and business associations regarding the Karen people.

Education and Support Group for Karen Youth: Building Leaders in the Community

This is a curriculum based on a Schools Group Project that worked with Liberian and other African refugee youth in the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, from 2005 to 2010. It was developed for the New Neighbors/Hidden Scars Project at the Center for Victims of Torture. It has been adapted for use with youth refugee survivors of Karen ethnicity from Burma living in St. Paul, Minnesota. This manual for co-leaders is a product of the Healing in Partnership project.

 

Karen Annotated Resource List

"3 Sides to Every Story: A Profile of Muslim Communities in the Refugee Camps on the Thailand Burma border"

(2010). Report by the Thai Burma Border Consortium. Available at: http://www.tbbc.org/resources/2010-09-muslim-profile-english.rar OR http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/78FCDBC2606BC2EF492577A6001DE22B-Full_Report.pdf

In 2009 TBBC undertook research to gain a fuller understanding of the experiences, practices, and preferences of the Muslim communities in the refugee camps in Thailand.

Burmese political dissidents in Thailand: Trauma and survival among young adults in

Documentaries/Films on Burma and the Karen

Breaking the Silence: Inside Burma’s Resistance

https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/d7c229d5-a458-4432-aff5-57c2c5861c1d/breaking-the-silence-inside-burmas-resistance/docs-for-sale

Burma VJ

http://burmavjmovie.com/

Crossing Midnight

Available for rent or purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Midnight-BeCause-Foundation/dp/B0032KNCOG/ref=pd_vodsm_B0032KNCOG

Don't Fence Me In: Major Mary and The Karen Refugees from Burma

http://www.der.org/films/dont-fence-me-in.html

Forgotten Allies

BBC documentary on the History of the Karen People. https://youtu.be/xTJ3q5yg38Q

Moving to Mars

Karen Websites

Burma Campaign UK

http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/
Burma Campaign UK works for human rights, democracy and development in Burma and is one of the leading Burma campaign organisations in the world.

Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB)

www.dvb.no
The Democratic Voice of Burma is a non-profit Burmese media organization.

Drum Publication Group

www.drumpublications.org
Drum Publication Group is a small, independent, Karen community based organization dedicated to promoting education and preserving the cultures of the peoples of Burma. They have downloadable Karen language resources.

Earth Rights International

Karen Refugees from Burma in the US: an Overview for Torture Treatment Programs

This webinar is meant to provide clinicians and health care workers with a base of knowledge in working with the Karen people from Burma. The presenters describe the history of the Karen and the Burma, as well as the torture and abuse they are likely to have faced in their homes, and/or refugee camps. Ms. Cook notes the importance placed on religion in the Karen community, affecting all aspects of life. When using an interpreter, it is important to understand the stigmas and associations placed on certain illnesses, especially mental illnesses.

Websites and articles referenced in the

Specific Populations

The following is in-depth information specific to working with a particular population. If you'd like to request that we add content for a particular population, please use our Suggest Content form!

Click here to view all webinars that we have done for specific populations.

Affordable Care Act for refugees

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has put together a useful page on The Affordable Care Act & Refugees, including informational videos in:

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