Refugee Resettlement and the Geopolitics of Trauma

Friday, February 12, 2016: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Marriott Balcony B (Marriott Wardman Park)
Patricia Ehrkamp, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Anna Secor, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Jenna Loyd, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
This talk presents findings from fieldwork in Turkey with organizations involved in the protection, mental health treatment, and resettlement of Iraqis (and other refugees) in the U.S. Our interviews show how trauma and PTSD are reinforced in protracted refugee situations that produce new vulnerabilities for refugees and new challenges for those involved in providing care and protection. Security checks and screening procedures aimed at protecting U.S. national security create long waiting perio