The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association) is a compassionate community of individuals and organizations dedicated to informing policy, practice and research concerning behavioral health, social justice, and well-being. 

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

In the words of our 2019 Vera Paster award winner, Jill Fish:

"Today, August 9th, is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. We - Indigenous peoples - exist all over the world, with rich cultures and Indigenous People's Dayhistories dating long before colonization. This is the part of the story that people “kinda, sorta” remember - what happened to “the Indians” when Columbus came is often a story of the conquered and the conqueror. Not only is this story one very small part of a much larger story, but it’s also completely false. Indigenous peoples were and continue to be fierce protectors of our land, rights, and the environment. Take, for example, the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaiʻi - land that holds great spiritual and cultural significance to Kānaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiians). Kia’i (protectors) have been unwavering in defending sacred Mauna Kea and their sovereignty for their community and future generations, enduring a long-range acoustic device (i.e., a sound cannon) and arrests from militarized police. See, we - Indigenous peoples - are not merely of the past; we are of the present and of the future. Being the author of our own stories, rather than the subject of dominant narratives, gives us the power to place our cultures and histories at the center of our development and achieve a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be Indigenous in the modern world. These are our some of our stories."

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In this Issue

Highlights from the Latest AJO
Volume 89, Issue 4  

Special Section: Effecting Social Change Across Contexts: Needs and Mechanisms

Ryan P. Kilmer and Jill D. McLeigh, Editors

Special Section: Cultural Adaptation of Mental Health Interventions for Americans of East Asian Descent

Hyeouk Chris Hahm and Miwa Yasui, Editors

and more.....

AJO in the news! Check out this news story referencing an AJO article to learn how views of mental illness differ based on ethnicity, race, and gender in young teenagers. Find the full article here

Catching up with our Members


The Global Alliance will be represented by Gita Jaffe (Senior Policy and Global Affairs Advisor), Cynthia Taylor Handrup (President-Elect), and Evelyn Tomaszewski (Global Mental Health Task Force co-chair) at the United Nations High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage this September in NYC. With the theme “Moving Together to Build a Healthier World”, the UN High Level Meeting will be an opportunity to advocate for Universal Health Coverage and to mobilize political attention to the cause. The Global Alliance’s priority is to champion the inclusion of mental health care in Universal Health Care, as mental health is a human right. Learn more about the UN High Level Meeting here.


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 Check out our most recent policy resolutions! 

We've been busy this summer, working on five new policy resolutions. Make sure you take a look and let us know if you'd like to join with us in our work on Immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, or Global Mental Health. #GAinAction #ThinkAboutPolicy

 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons


Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Human trafficking is a crime that affects children, women, and men and occurs in every country. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children are victims of human trafficking each year and that 71% of human trafficking victims are women and children. The Global Alliance supports working from a human rights perspective to prevent human trafficking among those vulnerable to being trafficked and those vulnerable to becoming traffickers. Everyone can play a role in the prevention of human trafficking.

  • Explore the Child Trafficking page on the Global Alliance website where you can find facts about human trafficking and relevant research on the topic from the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.  
  • Donate to or volunteer for an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting survivors. 

  • Learn to recognize the signs of trafficking and call the trafficking hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888 if you suspect someone is being trafficked.