About Events Crisis at the US/Mexico Border: A New Film and Panel Discussion Crisis at the US/Mexico Border: A New Film and Panel Discussion OCT 27, 2020 5:00 PM Watch Here WATCH With election day less than a month away, we must not forget the ongoing immigration crisis. Join us on October 27th for a virtual event highlighting the inhumane policies in place at the US-Mexico border. We will screen a preview of the film, Oh Mercy, by Worldwide Documentaries that follows asylum-seekers battling unsafe conditions at the border due to policies implemented by the current administration. The preview will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Lucy Bassett, Professor of Practice and co-founder of Project Adelante, and featuring Academy-award nominated director, Robert Bilheimer; Dr. Susan Bissell, the former Chief of Child Protection at UNICEF; Sister Norma Pimentel, a longstanding advocate for migrants along the border honored as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020; and Ned Flanagan, from the Global Development Organization at UVA. Sponsored by the Batten School, the Global Policy Center, Humanitarian Collaborative, UndocUVA, Batten LatinX, Global Development Organization, Global Programs Council, and Project Adelante. Lucy Bassett Prior to joining the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Lucy Bassett was an Education Specialist and a Social Protection Specialist at the World Bank, where she focused on education, social protection, nutrition, and early childhood development. She has also worked on those thematic areas at UNICEF, the World Food Programme, Save the Children, and the International Food Policy Research Institute. Read full bio Related Content Lucy Bassett Our Immigration Policy Has Done Terrible Damage to Kids News In an op-ed for Scientific American, Batten's Lucy Bassett and co-author Hirokazu Yoshikawa outline immediate steps the Biden-Harris administration should take to begin addressing the trauma inflicted upon children through inhumane immigration policies. Opinion: Now is the time to prioritize mental health News It is estimated that only 2% of people around the world have access to mental health and psychosocial support, or MHPSS. The question is, will COVID-19 offer us a chance to change this? Batten’s Kirsten Gelsdorf and Lucy Bassett provide critical insights into the barriers to progress in MHPSS interventions, and identify opportunities to prioritize and invest in new programs going forward.