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Migrant Workers and Families

Influx of Refugees: State Challenges and Opportunities

​Refugees face structural and cultural barriers associated with higher physical and mental health disparities, poverty, and uncertainty about their rights and legal status.​

  • Challenges and possible responses: 

    • Access to information​ and mental and physical healthcare

    • Cultural competency

  • Key Resources

Interventions Supporting Separated Migrant Children

The number of migrant children separated from their families has been increasing since summer 2017.

  • Trauma-based interventions

  • Responses to forced family separation, detention and acclimation

  • Suggestions on cost effective and humane alternatives to detention.

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Policy Brief:

Trauma-Informed Responses to Immigration Policies and Practices

  • “No further harm” edict for service providers across the continuum of care

  • Strengths-based, developmentally and culturally appropriate assessments

  • Preventing trauma

    • National and local policies​

  • Addressing migrant trauma in communities

    • ​Local communities can help children and families heal and thrive

Consequences of Misperceiving the Diversity of Unauthorized Immigrant Youth in the U.S.

  • Diversity os the unauthorized population in the United States

  • Consequences for unauthorized youth and families

  • Why does the misperception persist?

  • Policy recommendations


Mitigating the Implications of Coronavirus Pandemic on Families (Issue 6):Immigrant Workforce and families 

  • Migrant workers make up a significant portion of the workforce affected by the crisis, including healthcare & service industries.

  • Ineligibility for Relief Programs and Other Services.

  • Healthcare and Education.

  • Discrimination based on race and ethnicity.

  • Detention centers are at high risk of virus infection, transmission and mortality.

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Linguistically Diverse Students: Issues, Implications & Policy Recommendations

Migrant Families and Children

  • Immigrant families and children who are infected/influenced by COVID-19 face various barriers in seeking healthcare.

  • Among immigrants, undocumented immigrants and their children are particularly vulnerable due to economic impact of the COVID-19.

  • Increased discrimination based on race and ethnicity toward Asian immigrant community, propelled by COVID-19, can have lasting negative social, economic, and psychological impacts.

  • Immigrants held in detention centers are at high risk of infection, transmission and mortality.

For more information and resources on COVID-19 and its impact on children and families, click here.