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Psychosocial Intervention

versão On-line ISSN 2173-4712versão impressa ISSN 1132-0559


SLADKOVA, Jana. The guys told us crying that they saw how they were killing her and they could not do anything": psychosocial explorations of migrant journeys to the U.S.. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2014, vol.23, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2173-4712.

In this article I examine undocumented migrant experiences on their journeys to the U.S. Tens of thousands of Honduran migrants leave their homes in hopes to provide better for their families from afar. In in-depth interviews, 21 migrants from Honduras share the events they endure as they cross Guatemala, Mexico and the borders that divide them. I conducted narrative analyses and specifically used the analytical tools of high points and poises to locate the most salient experiences the migrants narrated as well as identifying particular selves the migrants were presenting. The high points centered around the crossings of the Mexico-U.S. border, encounters with gangs and the police in Mexico, and travels on top of freight trains. Most of these events were highly charged with potential short and long-term effects on the migrants' health. In trying to make sense of their experiences, migrants presented themselves as heroes helping others, victims of the migration systems, good parents, or unaffected bystanders. This research provides insight into the rarely explored psychosocial aspects of undocumented migration, illuminates how Honduran migrants who attempt this journey make sense of their experiences, and proposes interventions to mitigate the potentially tragic consequences of this migration.

Palavras-chave : Undocumented migration; Honduras; Journey; Sense-making; Narrative analysis; Migrant experiences.

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