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Summary and Background
The Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc. and Humanamente will present a panel discussion on Migratory Mourning, an often secret suffering among immigrants and ways to address the issue. The panel’s discussion will focus largely on the state's fast-growing Hispanic population.
Migratory Mourning is caused by family and socio-cultural separation and loss or deprivation, and can affect documented and undocumented immigrants alike. Left unchecked, this mourning or loss can produce acute and chronic mental distress and other conditions emerging from hardships and dangers suffered far from loved ones. Such distress can prevent immigrants and their children from fully participating in education, family support, business achievement and civic engagement.
The panelists will discuss stressors and symptoms associated with the bereavement, explain areas of life in which the mourning exists, and explore a process pioneered by Maria Elena Ferrer to help immigrants release pain, grief, anger, shame, resentment and other feelings so they can fully integrate into New York life and society. Separation from loved ones, separation from one's language, culture, land and social situation, and the loss of physical security are widely felt but rarely talked about in the immigrant or broader community; harming individuals and preventing us from building prosperous communities.
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About the Panelists
María Elena Ferrer (Expert Panelist)
Executive Director, Humanamente
Migratory Mourning Pioneer/Facilitator
María Elena Ferrer has successfully facilitated migratory-mourning workshops since 2004, initially in Valencia, Spain, a year after she moved from Caracas, Venezuela, and since 2011 in New York state, where she now lives. She also works with immigrants individually in a life-coaching private practice, which she has maintained since 1998.
In 2005, she established Humanamente; an organizational-development firm offering professional education, training and organizational consulting. An author and Hispanic-issues expert frequently quoted by major U.S. news media, María Elena most recently contributed to Espiritualidad y Política (Spirituality and Politics), published by Spain's Editorial Kairós in November 2011 and now in its second printing. Other contributors include philosophers Ken Wilber and Ervin László and former UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor Zaragoza.
María Elena served as Director and Spain Coordinator for the Humanity's Team international non-governmental organization from 2008 to 2011. She also volunteered as a migratory-mourning facilitator and intercultural mediator for the Immigrant Women's Association of Valencia, where she worked closely with migratory-mourning pioneer Dr. Joseba Achotegui and renowned conflict-resolution scholar Eduard Vinyamata Camp, from 2003 to 2011.
María Elena earned a certificate of distinction in leadership and empowerment from Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2004 and a diploma in gender leadership through the EQUAL transnational cooperation community initiative of the European Union's European Social Fund. She is currently working towards a Master Degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at Westbrook University near Pittsburgh with a focus on migratory mourning and other psychosocial dynamics of crisis and change.
Monica Arias Miranda, MPA
President and CEO
The Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc.
Monica Arias Miranda is the Founder, President and CEO of The Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting the Latino community in New York State. The organization focuses on empowering through education and also highlighting achievements by the Latino community. She currently serves as a Chairperson for the Civic Engagement Committee for the NAACP Schenectady Chapter, Board Member for the New York Civil Liberties Union of the Capital Region, Member of the FBI Working Group on Civil Rights, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady, and the Coalition for Change.
She is also a member of the Capital District Immigrant Collaborative and serves as one of several MUSES for the Schenectady County Working Group on Girls. In 2004 Monica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany where she majored in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. Two years later, she graduated with a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at SUNY Albany where she concentrated in Public Finance and Public Management.