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This doctor treats LAUSD’s new immigrant arrivals. She was once one of them

Claudia Martin, a physician for the L.A. Unified School District, poses for a portrait in an examination room at the district's Student Enrollment Placement and Assessment Center. Many immigrant families and children — including some newcomers who arrived without parents — are referred here for medical, psychological and social worker services.
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Claudia Martin, a physician for the L.A. Unified School District, poses for a portrait in an examination room at the district's School Enrollment Placement and Assessment Center. Many immigrant families and children — including some newcomers who arrived without parents — are referred here for medical, psychological and social worker services.

This summer's headlines were dominated by news of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The separation is likely to cause lasting trauma for these young immigrants.

That trauma is familiar to educators in the L.A. Unified School District, which has built an entire infrastructure to support immigrant children, especially those who arrive in the U.S. without their parents.

One L.A. Unified physician is uniquely qualified to tell the stories of these vulnerable newcomers.

Listen to her story above.