The Journey to Safety: Immigration, Social Services, and Mental Health Needs of Immigrant Families


Room B October 17, 2018 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Zainab Ellis
Marcela Evans
Alina Ramirez-Ponce, PhD, LCSW-S

While gang violence and economic instability have contributed to large numbers of immigrant families, including unaccompanied immigrant children, traveling to the U.S. for safety and stability, there are other significant “push” factors involved, including widespread occurrence of family violence and a lack of protection from it. Hear an overview of immigration legal relief available to unaccompanied immigrant children affected by family violence, as well as common social service needs that present with this population and resources to help support them. From a mental health perspective, we will also go over ideas and approaches to facilitating family healing and strengthening family bonds after fleeing family and other violence, including group therapy and working with this population through a trauma lens.