Healthcare as Sanctuary: ICE, Birthing People, and Justice for Immigrants


US immigrant communities are experiencing worsening perinatal health outcomes and widening health disparities at the hands of certain federal policies. For our September Collaboratory, we are collaborating with UCSF midwifery students to understand the impact of current immigration practices on pregnant people and families, examine federal policies that permit and restrict U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) interaction in healthcare settings and detail points of intervention. 

What will be covered:

  • The impact of white supremacist, racist, and xenophobic immigration policies on perinatal health outcomes of immigrants and surrounding communities.
  • How current federal immigration policies allow and restrict ICE entrance to and interactions in health care settings
  • Clinic and hospital policies that can be implemented to protect undocumented patients from ICE and work towards creating healthcare settings where patients can access equitable healthcare without fear of deportation or adverse impacts on their immigration status
  • Concrete actions that listeners can take in policy and advocacy arenas for mitigating xenophobic oppression


Atención médica como santuario: ICE, natalidad y justicia para personas inmigrantes

Las comunidades de personas inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos están experimentando un empeoramiento de los resultados de salud perinatal y un aumento de las disparidades de salud a manos de ciertas políticas federales. Para nuestro Colaboratorio del mes de septiembre, estamos trabajando en conjunto con estudiantes de partería de UCSF para comprender el impacto de las prácticas de inmigración actuales en las personas embarazadas y sus familias, examinar las políticas federales que permiten y restringen la interacción del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) de los Estados Unidos en entornos de atención médica y puntos de detalle de intervención.

Lo que cubriremos:

  • El impacto de las políticas de inmigración racistas, xenófobas y basadas en la supremacía blanca sobre los resultados de salud perinatal de las personas inmigrantes y las comunidades adyacentes
  • Cómo las políticas federales de inmigración actuales permiten y restringen la entrada de ICE y las interacciones en los entornos de atención médica
  • Políticas clínicas y hospitalarias que se puedan implementar para proteger a los pacientes indocumentados de ICE y trabajar para crear entornos de atención médica donde los pacientes puedan acceder a una atención médica equitativa sin temor a la deportación o impactos adversos en su estado migratorio
  • Acciones concretas que los participantes puedan tomar en los ámbitos de políticas y promoción para mitigar la opresión xenófoba


(All speakers – nothing to disclose)

Ana Delgado

Ana Delgado

Ana Delgado, MS, RN, CNM is a Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Division. Ana splits her time between clinical practice and administration at SFGH. She acts as the Assistant Director of Inpatient Obstetrics, primarily responsible for quality improvement (QI) and systems change, and as Director of Inpatient Services for the Nurse-Midwives of ZSFG, a 45 year-old, autonomous midwifery service. She also manages a contract to provide prenatal care services at Mission Neighborhood Health Center, a federally qualified health center in the community that cares for primarily Spanish-speaking immigrants. Recently Ana was named Co-Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the UCSF ZSFG OBGYN division, recognizing her commitment to health equity. She is passionate about diversifying the midwifery profession and centering the voices of people of color in her work. Additionally, Ana sits on several San Francisco county-wide initiatives aiming at improving perinatal care for low-income women in San Francisco, partnering with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and non-profit, community-based organizations to transform how low-income women are supported and cared for throughout the reproductive life cycle.

Meagan Morse

Meagan Morse

Meagan Morse, RN is a CNM/WHNP candidate in the class of 2020 at UCSF. Prior to her studies at UCSF, she trained as a student midwife at Maternidad La Luz, a birth center on the Texas-Mexico border. There she primarily served Spanish-speaking immigrant families, witnessing both the violence of the xenophobic immigration policy and practices, and the resilience and resourcefulness of families. She is also a student representative to the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Gender Equity Taskforce and the Transgender Care Workgroup

Maria Guadalupe Nunez

Maria Guadalupe Nunez

Mi nombre es María, me encanta siempre estar aprendiendo cosas nuevas para compartir con mi comunidad. Y mi mejor pasatiempo es salir al parque con mis hijos, los deportes y mi familia.

Caranina Palomino

Caranina Palomino

Caranina Palomino, RN is a CNM/WHNP candidate, currently nearing the end of her training. Prior to entering midwifery, she studied Maternal and Child Health at Tulane University School of Public Health. She has worked as a childbirth educator, facilitated postpartum community support groups, and serves in the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative for UCSF. Caranina’s passion for a just and equitable future in healthcare is partially informed by her Mexican identity and the resilience she has watched in her own beautiful family throughout her life.


Karen Lopez-Acero

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