Civic power is embracing who we are: Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unashamed with the objective to organize and improve the quality of life for our community. It is taking center stage to share our stories, advocate for our rights, and to challenge the status quo through different means and actions. Recently, this has meant infiltrating detention centers to help detainees who have been unjustly incarcerated.
Individually and collectively, we see how living in fear is affecting us physically, emotionally, and mentally. People are depressed, anxious, or even suicidal. The challenge is there are many who need help and resources are limited for those without “papers.” Affording the out-of-pocket costs of these services is another problem. People without health insurance and limited work opportunities cannot afford to pay for services or medication they may need.
This is the reason we created Undocuhealth: we want to address the issues that are affecting us. It is vital to recognize the problems/challenges we face in order to find solutions and resources that people can access regardless of their legal status.
We are building a support network that is sustainable, representative of our community, and can refer people to services and health care providers in their area.
In the Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, the members of the Undocuhealth team stand in solidarity and support for equal access to affordable health care services regardless of socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and/or legal status. We are human beings who deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and should have access to those services we need to preserve our health and well-being.
Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice August 6th -10th 2012