Community Spotlight: Trauma and Immigration

On September 18, 2018, Alive and Well Kansas City hosted its third event in its Impact Series to discuss how immigration policies are perpetuating trauma and how agencies across the Kansas City metro area are responding. Advocates and residents of the KC metro shared their experiences in the immigration system; attorneys provided information about immigrant rights; and agencies discussed resources available. Participants were asked to consider how the science of trauma, toxic stress and resiliency should be applied to these issues and were encouraged to join the efforts of the agencies listed below.

Trauma and Immigration Local Resources: Stay Informed, Stay Involved


JVS engages, encourages and empowers people to achieve social, cultural and economic integration through workforce development, community integration and health and wellness services.

KC Public Library: RISE
The mission of Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) is to connect immigrant populations with the quality services, resources and lifelong learning opportunities of the Library through outreach, education, and advocacy.

Catholic Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph Hispanic Ministry

The Office of Hispanic Ministry is at the service of the Bishop in the formation of Missionary-Disciples of Jesus Christ among the Hispanic community of the Diocese. The Office provides assistance to parishes and other apostolates in the development of pastoral planning, workshops, leadership, organization, resources, and accompaniment that strengthen the Latino community from within and bridges the cultural and linguistic gaps between other groups. Our services include nearly every area of ministry, from evangelization and catechesis to liturgy, social ministry, pastoral juvenile (Hispanic youth and young adult ministry), and family ministry.

Sacred Heart Guadalupe Church

KC Metro Immigration Alliance (KCMIA)

KC MÍA’s vision is for our representatives to act proactively on immigration legislation instead of reacting to the negative outcomes, which are much more difficult to resolve. Sign up for bi-weekly emails by sending a request to

Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation (AIRR)

AIRR educates, organizes, and inspires the faith community to advocate for immigrant rights and reconciliation.

 Mexican Consulate in Kansas City

Every Wednesday at the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City Mexican nationals can walk-in to receive an initial legal consultation with an immigration lawyer at no cost, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. It is recommendable for people to present any previous documentation related to their inquiries. No appointment required. Information 24/7 at toll free number 1-855-4636395.

 The Clinic Kansas City

The Clinic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides low-income individuals and families facing immigration removal proceedings with the U.S. Immigration Court, access to quality pro bono or discounted fee legal representation. The Clinic will be offering a Visa Symposium on October 12th.

Della Lamb
Della Lamb offers hope and assistance to low-income Kansas City people of all ages. Programs are designed to create self-sufficiency through education and support services. Our goal is to build each client's self-esteem, self-reliance, self-worth, independence and sense of ongoing security.

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities is the largest resettlement site in Missouri, assisting with the relocation of nearly 400 refugees each year who are forced to flee their homelands due to persecution.

New Roots for Refugees

New Roots for Refugees is a program that helps refugees establish new roots, through teaching them to start their own small farm business growing and selling vegetables.

 KC YMCA New American Welcome Center
The Y is committed to strengthening community by fostering an environment that encourages successful immigrant integration and social cohesion.

Empowerment Program
Serve refugee and immigrant women and their families in the area of adjustment, mental health, and domestic violence.

Don Bosco

Don Bosco positions our ethnically diverse populations of all ages across metropolitan Kansas City to be self-sufficient and contributing members of this great community.

Mattie Rhodes

Mattie Rhodes Center is a community development organization dedicated to individual and family well-being through social services, behavioral health counseling and the arts.

El Centro, Inc.  
El Centro provides educational, social and economic services for Hispanic families in Kansas City.

Guadalupe Centers
The mission of the Guadalupe Centers is to improve the quality of life for individuals in the Latino communities of Greater Kansas City.

Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund
MFAF serves and empowers Missouri's migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

The Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance
The Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance is a youth-led organization working in Kansas and Missouri educating, advocating, and providing undocumented youth with the resources necessary to reach their goals.

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA)

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) is a coalition of community, labor, faith, business and direct service organizations that recognizes the intrinsic value of all people and advocates for the basic rights of all immigrants and refugees.

 Westside C.A.N. Center

Westside Community Action Network Center’s mission is to facilitate the creation of a safe, healthy, viable, civically-engaged neighborhood in which to live, play and work.

Kansas City Public Schools Department of Language Services

The Kansas City Public Schools Department of Language Services is committed to providing all English Language Learners with a high quality, academic education that will prepare them to be life-long learners who can successfully compete in our global economy.

 Global FC Soccer

Founded in 2013, Global FC invests in the lives of refugee and at risk communities, using soccer as a powerful vehicle to achieve transformational outcomes. Global FC serves as a conduit for youth development, family engagement and community harmony.

Jennifer Brinkmann