I am overjoyed to announce that one of my inspirational clients has been granted asylum in the United States of America. This individual, who just so happens to be a transwoman, demonstrates what it means to be a woman by exhibiting profound internal strength, mental endurance, a passion for life, the ability to rise up through the darkest despair, and an uncanny ability to hold her head up high through some of the most excruciating moments of existence. Transwomen are so severely mistreated, abused, and tortured all over the world — the United States is not an exception. However, there are certain laws and rights that do protect transwomen, transmen, and others who do not subscribe to a binary gender.
After suffering from verbal abuse, physical violence, sexual violence, severe childhood neglect, torture, threats, and hate crimes — without even minimal protection from law enforcement (they actually were perpetrators of assault) nor safe family members, this asylum-seeking transwoman has received that what she already deserved as her birthright — asylum in the United States. Like all of the colorful hummingbirds who stop at East Bay Area Therapy for a short sip of nectar, may she fly!
East Bay Area Therapy provides psychological evaluations for immigrants with various types of legal immigration cases not limited to U Visa, asylum, the extreme hardship waiiver (I-601A, I-601, I-929), VAWA, T Visa. All services are provided by Grace Pacheco, M.A., MFT, a liicensed psychotherapist in the state of California who is fluent in both English and Spanish languages. She commonly works with interpreters who speak languages from around the world and has access to interpreters who speak Mayan indigenous languages (Mam, K'iche'), Brazilian Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Tagalog, Hindi, Arabic, and more.
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As a lifetime member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and one of the few bilingual Spanish speaking MFT's in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is validating and exciting to see CAMFT taking a public stance on keeping families together.
I frequently work with immigrants who request a psychological evaluation as part of an immigration case. Some immigrants are facing deportation and will be separated from their spouses and/or children, others are terrified to return to their countries of origin where a threat to safety is imminent, and others have been victims of violent crime in the United States and have helped U.S. law enforcement identify a violent criminal.
East Bay Area Therapy is owned by Grace Pacheco, M.A., MFT, a bilingual psychotherapist who often provides expert court testimony at San Francisco Immigration Court. She is thoroughly aware of the positive effects of a social support group on mental disorders, the value of physically intact families among those from collectivist cultures, and the risks that a loss of of a support system poses to one's mental health and general well-being.
Grace Pacheco, M.A., MFT is a adamant supporter of human rights, the right to a fair and just trial for all, and the availability of health services available in one's language of choice. She speaks fluent Spanish and English and has access to language interpreters who speak Haitian Creole, Mayan languages (Mam & K'iche'), Brazilian Portuguese, Tigrinya, Arabic, and others to offer the best standard of care for immigrants from all over the world.
Check out the article on CAMFT's support of keeping families together, at the link below: