This paper discusses findings based on thirty-one Mexican men who have migrated to the US to live and work in East Texas. The men were interviewed at a labor pool and were between the ages of 25-60. Another important variable is that the men lived in the area for a period of six months or longer. A key informant was used to augment the engagement process and ensure trust. The men who shared their stories indicated that the distance from families, lack of status and power are contributing factors to the quality of mental health they experience living in the US. The ability to overcome challenges and the coping mechanisms the men generated from within themselves serves as testimony to the power of the human spirit.
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Wilma Cordova, MSW, LISW, LCSW is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She teaches in the graduate program and her research interests include issues of social justice. Latina/o issues and teaching techniques using mask-making. Prior to teaching Wilma had a private practice in NM where she worked with many individuals, families and groups. Wilma is very much involved in the community as a volunteer and elected official.
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