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Policy Brief: Intergenerational Trauma and Southeast Asian American Youth in California

“It has been 40 years since SEAA families fled war and genocide to seek refuge in this country, but the impact is long lasting and continues to linger for SEAA refugees and our subsequent generations. SEAA communities continue to face high rates of poverty and criminalization, low education attainment, and little access to culturally appropriate health and mental health care.
This brief examines key traumatic pre- and post-migration experiences, current socioeconomic distress, and today’s youth experiences, ultimately offering policy recommendations to address intergenerational trauma in the SEAA community. It also serves as a stepping stone to acknowledge the glaring health and mental health disparities that SEAA youth and their families are forced to endure. “

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