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OHSU Hosts Conference to Discuss Impacts of Sept. 11 on Refugees Living in America

01/24/02   Portland, Ore.

 

WHEN:     8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, 2002
WHERE:  Immigration/Refugee Community Organization -- 10301 NE Glisan St., Portland

Oregon Health & Science University's Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP) along with the Immigrant/Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) will host "Torture and Prejudice: No Safe Place," a conference focusing on the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on refugees living in America.

"The vivid and repeated scenes of bombing of the WTC (World Trade Center) has reactivated memories of previous traumas with increased nightmares, flashbacks and depression. Many refugee patients feel singled out as foreigners who look different and are subject to prejudice," said J. David Kinzie, M.D., director of the OHSU Torture Treatment Center of Oregon and the Intercultural Psychiatric Program at OHSU.

The goals of the conference are:

• To bring together health providers, government officials, and ethnic leaders to discuss the repercussions of the effects of Sept. 11 on refugees and immigrants who already suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
• To promote understanding of how PTSD and other mental illnesses affect the lives of refugees.
• To generate ideas on how people can work together to eliminate the suffering of refugees.

For more information please contact Crystal Riley, M.A., by phone at 503 494-6140 or by e-mail at rileyc@ohsu.edu.

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