Healthcare Workers from L.A. to Travel Feb. 23 to Mexico Border to Assist Refugees

Media Availability in L.A. at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22
LOS ANGELES – More than 75 healthcare workers will travel Saturday, Feb. 23 from Los Angeles to Tijuana, Mexico for a humanitarian mission to provide first aid to some of the thousands of Central American refugees gathered in the border city.

Media are invited to interview volunteers and observe them loading supplies into buses at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22 at the office of SEIU-UHW, 5480 Ferguson Dr. in Commerce. They are also invited to ride with participants to the border, meeting them either at 5 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at the office of SEIU Local 721, 1545 Wilshire Blvd., in Los Angeles, or at 7 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at the International Border Crossing, 720 E. San Ysidro Blvd., in San Diego.

The caregivers will provide first aid and pediatric care, blood-pressure and glucose screenings, and deliver first aid supplies to refugees living at shelters in the city. Their trip is sponsored by SEIU Local 721, a union of Southern California public sector workers, and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, a union of California healthcare workers. The unions sponsored a similar trip to Tijuana Dec. 22, 2018.

“The crisis at the border is not going away, but we can use our skills, training and compassion as healthcare workers to help alleviate the pain and suffering of the families gathered in Tijuana,” said Omar Mairena, a licensed vocational nurse from Downey, Calif. who will be joining the mission.

WHAT: More than 75 healthcare workers will travel from Los Angeles to Tijuana,
Mexico for a humanitarian mission to assist Central American refugees.
WHEN/ Volunteers loading supplies for border mission
WHERE: Friday, Feb. 22
11 a.m.
SEIU-UHW office
5480 Ferguson Dr.
Commerce, CA 90022
Departing L.A. en route to International Border Crossing
Saturday, Feb. 23
5 a.m.
SEIU Local 721 office
1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Arriving in San Diego/International Border Crossing
Saturday, Feb. 23
7 a.m.
720 E. San Ysidro Blvd.
San Diego, Calif. 92173
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SEIU 721 is the largest public sector union in Southern California with 95,000 members. SEIUUnited
Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) is one of the largest unions of hospital workers
in the western United States with 95,000 members.