One of the drives that keep me going is addressing the needs of the Asian American community, specifically Southeast Asians, because we have little information about how they became refugees. This ties directly with human rights at the micro level of practice—discrimination and how it relates to mental health in this population is a primary concern.
As I continue to learn community needs, I hope to eventually create a program that responds to the mental health issues of refugees and their trauma experiences prior to and post migration, drawing them to share their struggles on their terms. We’re going to have a continuous flux of that population; we’re in for the long haul, so we must have a clear understanding of what we need to serve this population. We need to have some kind of mental health program that addresses their needs in a culturally appropriate manner.