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Earlier this month, the highly anticipated Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness movie made its way to theaters and fans of the franchise were thrilled to see the latest installment. If you haven’t seen it yet, no worries! No spoilers for the movie are ahead. Instead, we’re here to highlight the (arguably) most important character of the film: America Chavez. Played on the big screen by Xochitl Gomez, who you may know from The Babysitters Club, this Latina superhero has finally made her much-awaited debut as part of the MCU.

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On May 9th, a Salvadoran woman identified only as Esme was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she suffered a miscarriage. Esme had been under pre-trial detention for almost two years when she was arrested and reported for seeking help at a public hospital. Esme was also separated from her seven-year-old daughter when she was arrested.

The reason why this happened is the stuff of nightmares.

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Scientists and mental health specialists have long since proven that a human's mental state is largely dependent on their environment and lifestyle, amongst other factors. Mental health in the Latinx community is still a highly stigmatized subject. Still, beyond that, some social constructs deeply rooted in the culture, such as Machismo and Marianismo, can be linked to the origins of poor mental health in members of the community. These factors also contribute to the shaming of help-seeking behaviors.

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