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Addressing The Multifaceted Challenges Posed by Increased Migrant Encounters

May 13, 2024

The United States Border Patrol, the law enforcement arm of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released data indicating a record of nearly 250,000 encounters with migrants crossing into the United States late last year. As the frontline defenders of our borders, agents often face physical and emotional challenges in managing these encounters as part of their everyday work. At the same time, they may experience a perceived or real stigma when seeking help for mental health care which can impede optimizing treatment. As the conversation around mental health has expanded across industries and sectors, and worker’s well-being is being emphasized more than ever, it is also imperative we acknowledge and prioritize the mental health of those guarding our nation.