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While I can’t speak on behalf of every medical professional I’ve come across in my lifetime (truth be told, that’d be quite a large number),more
Disabled Immigrants: Living on the Edge of Barbwire Qudsiya Naqui
Content notes: ableist and sanist language, eugenics, suicide, medical neglect, suffering, abuse, violence, incarceration
I first became interested in the disabled immigrant experience through my work running legal services programs for unaccompanied immigrant children detained at the U.S. border from 2011-2018. My work often made me think of a poem by the great Mexican-American queer disabled writer, Gloria Anzaldua:
“1,950-mile-long open wound
I can still see the golden afternoon of my first tea party like it was only yesterday.
I swung open the wooden cottage gate. Inmore