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SaturdayNovember 13, 2010

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Mexican Officials Seeking 12-year-old Killer- “El Ponchis”

Mexican Officials Seeking 12-year-old Killer- “El Ponchis”

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Pedro Luis Benitez, the attorney general of central Morelos state, told a local radio station Friday that police had detained a minor who allegedly worked as a gunman for a drug cartel and were looking for another. The youth are seen on a YouTube Video claiming that his gang was paid $3000 per killing.

“When we don’t find the rivals, we kill innocent people, maybe a construction worker or a taxi driver,” the youth is heard saying.

“It is easy for them (criminals) to give them a firearm, making it appear as it if were a plastic weapon and that it is a game, when in fact it is not,” Benitez said.

Benitez did not name the boy or give more details but when asked directly about the teenage hitmen, he said: “They’re persuaded to carry out terrible acts; they don’t realize what they are doing.”

The boy is believed to be working for the South Pacific cartel in Morelos state just outside Mexico City, Benitez told local radio.

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Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness in the Latino Population

Now in its fourth year, the Annual Latino Mental Health Conference, held on October 24, 2010 by the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, offered an afternoon at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Evanston focused on easing the stresses and emotional issues related to immigration. The Conference, titled “How is immigration affecting my daily life?” was held entirely in Spanish and led by respected professionals with deep experience working on mental health issues within the Latino/a community.

Father Marco Mercado, director of Hispanic Catholics at the Archdiocese of Chicago, opened the Conference by noting that many members of the Hispanic community continue to experience shame and helplessness when they or a loved one is affected by mental illness. Fr. Mercado asked participants to forgo the myths and let go of the stigma of mental illness so that those who suffer can get the help and support they need.

Immigration undoubtedly brings significant challenges and stresses.

“Immigration is not a discrete event: it is a complex, transformational process affecting families and children,” said Dr. Hector Machabanski, a consulting psychologist with the Pediatric Developmental Center at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. One of the presenters at the Conference, Machabanski is a clinical and school psychologist who has worked extensively with children, families and immigrants for more than 25 years.

Both Machabanski and co-presenter Marna Tovar, MS, CADC, a therapist who has worked with Hispanic populations at the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago for 19 years, explored positive ways of reflecting on the process of immigration and offered tools and techniques to manage these stressful changes. Participants then broke up into small groups to discuss the presentations and the information provided in handouts on coping with anxiety and depression.

Said Tovar, “This Conference gave the audience a joyful opportunity to recognize and celebrate their culture and nationality.  In my humble opinion, this was an amazing bonding moment.  Thank you for contributing to the Latino community’s increased awareness, skills, and pride.”

The mission of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute is to overcome the stigma of mental illness by promoting educational programs and by supporting organizations engaged in mental illness research, education, self-help, anti-discrimination and advocacy. In addition to the Latino Mental Health Conference and smaller educational projects, the Institute develops and underwrites a larger mental health conference each spring. The 2011 conference will focus on bipolar disorder, and will be held in Evanston, Illinois on June 5, 2011.

Dr. Nancy Curotto, the new director of the Institute and adjunct faculty in TCSPP’s Clinical Counseling program, has exciting plans for its future. “Together with The Chicago School, we will continue to expand the Institute’s vision and mission to reduce the stigma of mental illness and make a positive difference in the lives of those who are touched by it.”

For more information on the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, visit http://www.naomicoheninstitute.org/ or call 312.467.2552.

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18 South American Countries Create Landmark Policy to Protect Refugee Rights

The United Nations refugee agency yesterday welcomed a landmark declaration by 18 South American countries to protect refugees, the displaced and stateless persons in the region, saying the proclamation was a model for other parts of the world to emulate.

The Brasilia Declaration on the protection of refugees and stateless persons in the Americas” was adopted in the Brazilian capital yesterday at the end of a meeting hosted by Brazil’s Justice Ministry on refugee protection, statelessness and mixed migratory movements in the Americas.

“I am encourage governments in other regions to take note of the pioneering leadership that has been shown today by Latin America in making this Declaration. This is a valuable international precedent,” said Mr. Antonio Guterres, who heads the agency known as UNHCR.

The Declaration will help promote the values of solidarity, respect, tolerance and multiculturalism “in a world where racism and xenophobia are on the rise,” he added.

He highlighted important elements of the declaration – respect for the principle of non-refoulement, including non-rejection at borders and non-penalization of illegal entry; support for the incorporation of gender, age and diversity considerations into national laws on refugees and the displaced; and the encouragement of States to adopt mechanisms to address new situations of displacement not foreseen.

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Utah’s Catholic Church and Local Leaders Urge Humane Approach to Immigration Reform

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City joined other governnment, business, and religious leaders in signing the “Utah Compact” on immigration reform.

Representatives from corporations and businesses, state and city governments, community organizations and faiths stepped forward to lend support to what’s titled “The Utah Compact.” They’ve been working for several months to draft a statement to influence the tone of the discussion on the immigration issue

“I’m hoping that we can speak loudly and clearly that we do not want oppressive and Draconian legislation,” said Bishop Wester. “We do not want our state to take the place of the federal government” in enforcing immigation laws. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff concurred: “local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code,” he said.

The Utah Compact’s five principles begin with the idea of federal solutions to the problem. Bishop Wester spoke for championing policies that support families instead of separating them and improve the health, education and well-being of all Utah children.

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Wisconsin Rep to Introduce Arizona-like Immigration Legislation

A Republican legislator says he plans to introduce a Wisconsin version of Arizona’s controversial SB-1070 immigration law.

State Rep. Don Pridemore said he will introduce his bill in 2011, when a new Republican majority takes over, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
“I want Wisconsin to be recognized as a state that will be on the side of Arizona,” he said.

The bill would require everyone charged with a crime in Wisconsin to prove they are in the country legally. If they cannot do so, they would be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Pridemore’s bill would end sanctuary cities in Wisconsin.


Residents would be able to sue local governments for not enforcing immigration laws. Counties and municipalities could be compelled to pay penalties of up to $500 a day.

The bill would repeal a Madison ordinance allowing residents to receive social service benefits without proving citizenship. Madison is the state capital, home of the University of Wisconsin and a liberal enclave.

Read more at The Badger Herald →



SaturdayNovember 13, 2010