“It Was a Profound Experience”: MRC Students Care for Asylum-Seekers
Bosque MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) students, Julian ’20 and Allison ’20, along with the UNM Chapter of the Corps, recently had the opportunity to put their acquired medical skills into action. They provided care to many of the 300 asylum-seeking migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador who were temporarily in Albuquerque in mid-March awaiting travel arrangements by their sponsors. In many cases, the migrants had been traveling for weeks, or even months. Care was provided to the migrants to ensure they were healthy before continuing on their journeys.
“It’s hard to imagine the scale of just the vast number of people we had to situate before they went on their way,” said Julian. From Albuquerque, the migrants connected with sponsors from across the U.S with whom they’ll stay while they await their formal hearings.
Julian provided his services to migrants being hosted at both First Presbyterian Church and the Econo Lodge in Albuquerque. Allison also helped out at the Econo Lodge. “It was a really amazing experience getting to see such a different variety of patients than we usually assist at Bosque,” said Allison.
For Julian, it was a profound experience; one that he’d do again if given the opportunity. “It was really life-changing,” he said. “I got to do more medicine in those two days than I had in the previous two years...I knew I was doing good in the world.”