This paper critiques the influence of neoliberalism on mental health and the ways in which it denies the knowledge and capacities of Black African immigrants in the United States. It promotes and proposes community-driven approaches to supporting survivors of human rights abuses. The commentary is divided in two major parts: The first section discusses the impacts of monetization of Black grief, psychologization of poverty, and predatory inclusion on survivors of human rights abuses and staff within the humanitarian sector. The last section proposes more culturally relevant and humanizing healing pathways and frameworks for African immigrants in the United States. We advocate for mental health support that centers and promotes decolonial approaches and that prioritizes and values honoring communities’ wisdom, experiential knowledge, and capacities.
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Ndagijimana, J., & Taffere, K. (2020). Re-Envisioning Trauma Recovery: Listening and Learning From African Voices in Healing Collective Trauma. International Journal of Human Rights Education, 4(1). Retrieved from https://repository.usfca.edu/ijhre/vol4/iss1/8