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The Dilley Project: UB Students at the US-Mexico Border – 1st post

by Teresa Watson

Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to bring you this series by one of our #MSW students about her volunteer work during the 2018-19 winter intersession. Comments are welcome!

 

A pair of hands are cupped, each holding a torn piece of paper bag with one word written on it.

Photo: UB Law School

 

Hello, readers – I’m Teresa! It’s nice to meet you. I’m an advanced-year MSW student, a Graduate Assistant for the Global Interest Group in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, and a volunteer with Justice for Migrant Families in Western New York. I’m part of a team of law and social work students who are spending this week at the South Texas Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas, assisting asylum seekers.

I hope these daily accounts (there will be a week’s worth of posts) will give you a picture of what asylum seekers encounter at the southern border.

To prepare, the law students completed two weeks of intensive study in refugee and asylum law, three hours a day, four days a week. I attended half of these classes, and studied independently to gain more knowledge about social work, trauma and working with refugees.   I also adapted a presentation by Katie McClain-Meeder, MSW, and led a class on trauma and vicarious trauma in crisis work for the law students.

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Slide from presentation to law students on trauma

 

 

On our way

Right now it is 6 PM on Sunday, January 20th, 2019, and I am on a plane with five JD students, one JD/MSW student and one PhD Candidate in the Romance Languages. We are headed to Dilley, Texas, as a volunteer team with UB Law Professor Nicole Hallett, who directs the U.S.-Mexico Border Clinic, attorney Carey who practices immigration law, and clinical social worker(MSW) Maria, from Rochester, New York.

In Dilley, we will be working with asylum seekers from various countries who have been detained at the U.S./Mexico border; our team will be working with women who have children at this particular facility. We will work in pairs, preparing as many women as possible for their initial interviews with US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers. These interviews determine whether they pass the “credible fear” standard, which is the legal standard that says the asylum officer must find at least a 10% chance that their fear of harm —  the harm they fear they will face if they return to their home —  is “credible” or realistic.  If they pass the interview, they become eligible to plead their case in court at a later time and remain in the US to keep them safe from the credible fears they were facing in their prior home.

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South Texas Family Residential Center, Dilley, Texas. Photo credit: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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2019 State of #MacroSW

By Rachel L. West

2018 was a big year for #MacroSW and we have an even bigger plan for 2019. We held 39 chat last year. On average 61 individuals participated in the chats (up  63.07% from 2017) with chats averaging 1,735,743 impressions (a 76.21% increase).

In November #MacroSW became a Benefit Corporation in New York State. This will enable us to seek out funding to support #MacroSW’s growth. It was a deliberate process that leads to discussions about #MacroSW’s immediate and long term future. Which brings us to 2019.

Chats start back up the week of January 27th. The Lunch & Learn chats, launched last October, returns on Tuesday, January 29th at 12:00 PM EST. It will be hosted by #MacroSW  Partner Sunya Folayan. Sunya will be leading a discussion on the Advantages of Home-based Business for Macro Social Workers.

The weekly Thursday night chats return January 31st at…

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Top 5 #MacroSW Chats of 2018

These are all great #MacroSW chats! Glad to see that @UBSSW had such great guests on the chats Transcending Transphobia ( @FaeJohnstone ) and Sexual Harassment in Social Work: (@birdgirl1001 and @DrKristie) !

By Rachel L. West

It has been a year of growth form #MacroSW. Chat participation has steadily increased. The average chat now has 61 participants with an average of 1.7 million impressions. In November, following much deliberation and planning, we became a Benefits Corporation in New York State.

As 2018 winds down we want to take a look back at some of our most popular chats. Over the past 12 months, we held 39 chats. The list below is based on chat participation.

  1. Inequality for All w/ @JimmySW on 3/8/18

    Hosted by former Chat Partner Laurel Hitchcock with guest expert Jimmy Young, this chat was a student-focused discussion on income inequality. Participants were encouraged to watch a documentary film, Inequality for All, before the chat.

    Participants: 149
    Impressions: 1,465,000

  2. Social Action 103: Action Planning

    Hosted by Chat Partner Rachel L. West this was the third installment of the Social…

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It’s #APM18! #MacroSW Chat from the Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting

Co-host Stephen Cummings says:
This week’s #MacrosW chat will focus on the annual conference of social work educators….what a coincidence, that’s this week!

Join #MacroSW partners Stephen Cummings @spcummings and @UBSSW /Pat Shelly for this week’s chat from Orlando, Florida, at the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting. We’ll be discussing this year’s theme of “Expanding Interprofessional Education to Achieve Social Justice,” and invite you to participate!

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9 PM EST, 8 PM CST, 6 PM PST

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Q1 What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

Q2 How can social workers use IPE to achieve social justice outcomes?

Q3 If you are at #APM18 (hello!), what are some sessions you are excited about (and yes, you should include your own presentations)?

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Medicare Open Enrollment: Programmatic and Policy Concerns. October 11, 2018 #MacroSW Chat

Great Twitter Chat with our own Dr. Louanne Bakk!

by Pat Shelly @UBSSW

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Transcript of this chat here.

The annual Open Enrollment period for Medicare is from October 15 – December 7.
It is important for all social workers to be aware of the basics of Medicare coverage and current program changes and policy concerns.

We are pleased to have Louanne Bakk, PhD, MSW,   @BakkLouanne  the Director of the DSW Program and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work as the guest expert for this chat. Her past work as Director of Access and Aging Benefits at an agency  in Michigan influenced her current research in healthcare access disparities and older adults.

Learn about the Medicare basics, Open Enrollment, associated costs, policy issues, and how to help beneficiaries pick the best plan.

chart: Gateway Health Plan

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Charts: Medicare Part A and Part B from Louanne Bakk / University at Buffalo

Discussion Questions

  1. What are…

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