JRS Speakers Tour: Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Across Borders

This October 2024, JRS/USA will host “Por Todos: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Across Borders,” a speakers tour to raise awareness about access to mental health services for migrants and asylum seekers, including those at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

A cornerstone of JRS/USA’s mission is to offer holistic human services through companionship, warmth, and recognition of human dignity. Through this mission and JRS’s lens of accompaniment, we provide psychosocial support to those in need including safe spaces and activities that promote wellness, case management services, and individual and group counseling. 

The tour will feature Katie Mullins, Sr. Psychosocial Support Specialist, who will discuss the importance of addressing the mental health needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons and why JRS has made this a global priority. She will be joined by Adalberto Sanchez, Mental Health Clinician, who will share his first-hand experience with the people we serve through the Caminar Contigo program at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Tour Dates 

Please continue to check back as we update tour details. 

October 15, 2024 – Fordham University, New York 

October 16, 2024 – Fairfield University, Connecticut 

October 17, 2024 – Scranton University, Pennsylvania 

About the Speakers 

Katie Mullins, Sr. Psychosocial Support Specialist 

Katie leads JRS’s global mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) strategy and oversees a diverse team of mental health workers to support and supervise programming in more than 50 countries. Prior to joining JRS, Katie managed mental health, psychosocial support, and child protection projects around the world including in Liberia during the Ebola Outbreak, Uganda with conflict-affected communities, Ukraine during the on-going conflict, Israel, Palestine, and most recently in the United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. She has a master’s in social work with more than ten years of experience in humanitarian settings. 



Adalberto Sanchez, Mental Health Clinician, M.S., LPC-A, LCDC

Adalberto Sanchez focuses on providing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services to asylum seekers and refugees in the border region of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. Adalberto was born in Juarez and migrated to El Paso in 2012. He has 13 years of experience working on the mental health field in the border region. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mexico and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Additionally, he is a Licensed Professional Associate (LPC-A) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in Texas. Adalberto has been a conference speaker in the border region discussing topics such as mental health- GAP, drug prevention, suicide prevention, resiliency, and mental health.