Mexican consulate reports increase in calls about immigration bullying

Mexican consulate reports increase in calls about immigration bullying
(Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Mexican Consulate of Tucson says it has seen an increase in calls about immigration bullying to its nationwide hotline.

The 24-hour call center takes calls from people across the country calling about a variety of issues, from legal help to finding missing family members.

Mexican officials say many of those calls are from people who say they are being bullied because of their immigration status. They say it includes things like taunting, slurs, social exclusion and sometimes physical abuse.

If ignored, the consulate says bullying can lead to depression, behavioral problems and even suicide.

That's why Mexico's government launched a nationwide anti-bullying campaign that includes public service announcements.

Ricardo Pineda says the goal is to bring awareness to the issue and to let people know there's help available.

"No one should be subject to this specific activity. Bullying itself is an ugly human treatment for somebody who doesn't deserve it," he said.

People can visit the consulate in person or call the 24/7 hotline at 1-855-4636-395. Click here for more information: https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/tucson/index.php/2016-03-16-18-40-02

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