Compiled research through qualitative interviews, site visits, and academic scholarship on the issue of trauma support for refugees.
Spoke directly to different refugee populations (specifically refugee women) to hear about their personal experiences with trauma support
Could not interview children, so I sought out refugee women who were specifically mothers and different INGOs and CSOs that worked directly with refugee children
Spoke with mental health specialists in both Nepal and Jordan who worked directly with refugee communities
Spoke with different INGOs and CSOs to understand what different psychosocial services were being offered to refugee communities in each of these locales
Asked questions to see the ways in which refugee communities received socioemotional support outside the conventions of counseling and psychiatry
The geopoliticization and racialization of different refugee populations directly impacts their level of access to psychosocial services
Case Study: Jordan
Similar hierarchical prioritization of politicized refugees over unpoliticized refugees within Jordan.
Politicized refugee: Syrian and Palestinian refugees
Psychosocial counseling programs offered within refugee camps and host communities.
Iraqi refugee mother that I interviewed could no longer seek psychosocial counseling services for her sons because the humanitarian organization that had initially provided her family such support was now shifting its focus to newly-arrived Syrian refugees.
Refugees who don't live in refugee camps and whose issues aren't globally politicized get pushed to the margins
Case Study: Nepal
There was a hierarchical allocation of resources available to different populations of refugees in Nepal
Rohingya Refugee camp (2012)
Struggling to have their issues be legitimized by the UNHCR
Tibetan refugee camp (1950s)
Receives large sums of funding, support, and attention from both the Nepalese government and international organizations (European Commission & UNHCR
Different levels of attention and funding also impact refugees' access to psychosocial services
Ex: interview with a clinical psychologist
(85) Community Pscyhosocial Workers
(4) Pscyhosocial Counselors
(2) Clinical Pyshcologists
Hospitals & Crisis Centers
Still, who has access to this support model?
There are meaningful developments being made to make psychosocial care more socially and culturally accessible to different refugee communities; however, these resources are still only being offered to the most politicized and globally recognized refugee groups.
Future research should be done on refugee groups who are pushed to the margins (i.e. North and East African Refugees) and what resources are available to them
Future research should also seek to understand different methods of community healing that are employed by different refugee populations