For this episode we spoke to Anayeli Marcos who is a Master's student in Social Work and Latin American studies and an organizer with the University Leadership Initiative. As a DACA recipient and activist, her research interests are focused on the immigrant community around topics of trauma and migration, social movements, gender-based violence, detention, forced migration, and parenting. We drank cardimum tea and talked about DACA and student activism.
For this episode we spoke to Carlos Spector who is an immigration attorney in El Paso, Texas, and Alejandra's dad! Carlos Spector has a long history of representing Mexican political asylum cases and won the first Mexican political asylum case in the country. He also helped create the nonprofit organization, Mexicanos en Exilio, Mexicans in Exile. We drank buckwheat tea and talked about the political asylum process and the importance of mental health professionals in immigration law.
For this episode we spoke to Dr. Lauren Gulbas, a cultural and medical anthropologist at the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Lauren Gulbas has a long-standing interest in understanding how social change in local contexts shapes cultural meanings and experiences of distress across individual, cultural, and institutional levels. We drank Heartea (a blend of rose hips, rose petals, cinnamon, tulsi, and skullcap) and talked about her research on the topic of attempted suicide among Latina teens.
This is the Latinx Mental Health Podcast where we talk to therapists, researchers, artists, activists, and students about their experiences in the intersections of mental health and Latinx identity. In each interview we aim to connect through our voices, our struggles, and our triumphs as we sample a different herbal tea just like abuela used to make.