Spanish Ombudsman Shows Support for CESPYD & SJM Report

27 January, 2024

As a result of a collaboration agreement between CESPYD and the Jesuit Migrant Service (SJM), a study has been carried out which has culminated in the publication of the report “An Approach to the Mental Health of Detainees in Immigration Detention Centers in Spain”. This report can be found here:

Paloma, V., Agüero-Collins, A., Benítez, I., Buades-Fuster, J., López-Núñez, C., & Saavedra-Macías, F.J. (2023). Un acercamiento a la salud mental de las personas migrantes en los Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros de España. Centro de Investigación y Acción Comunitaria de la Universidad de Sevilla & Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes. ISBN: 978-84-09-55261-0.

Marking the starting signal for its dissemination, on January 23rd the Spanish Ombudsman, Ángel Gabilondo, together with his Chief of Cabinet, Isabel Aymerich, met with Virginia Paloma of CESPYD, Josep Buades SJ and Armando Agüero of SJM to learn first-hand about the results of this report. The meeting concluded with the importance of Immigration Detention Centers (as long as they exist) having a psychological service to help both detainees and professionals cope with the challenging conditions affecting their mental health.