In the News and in Our Library: 8 Alliance Resources for Working with Immigrants

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities' librarians actively curate and archive relevant publications on social sector issues that are important to the Alliance network.

One issue in particular has been top of mind in recent weeks: Immigration and working with immigrant families.

Many of the following resources are available through the Alliance Library's collection of  Alliance-produced materials. This and other collections curated by skilled librarians are available to all staff at Alliance member organizations.

Access materials by logging in to the Alliance Library:

Securing Their Place at the Table
Alliance Magazine Article
Member organizations broaden impact by working with, not for,
immigrant communities.
 
Pathways to Citizenship Business Plan Summary and Pathways to Citizenship: Fact Sheet
Alliance Reports
The Pathways to Citizenship program combines immigration case management, social services, and financing to deliver a high quality financial program that enables immigrants to successfully obtain citizenship, increase access to financial services, and establish savings and savings behavior.

Reunification Is Not Enough: Assessing the Needs of Unaccompanied Migrant Youth
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services
Unaccompanied migrant youth enter the U.S. daily to escape violence, political oppression, extreme poverty, and chronic instability in their native countries, or as victims of human trafficking. The research covered in this article seeks to understand how sponsors of children with no post-release services access and use community services during their first year of integration into a new U.S. community

Immigration and Human Services: The Perils of Professionalization
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services
Understand two major impediments in delivering social services to immigrant populations. First, the lack of appropriate content related to immigration work in the curriculum of graduate schools of social work; and second, the normative distance between professional providers and recipients of service. The intrinsic contradictions embodied in those impediments is considered, and is a call for re-examination of professional standards, norms, and practices in direct work
with immigrants.

Postville: The Effects of an Immigration Raid
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services
A substantial number of unauthorized immigrants come from impoverished countries and look to America as a path toward prosperity. Unfortunately, many of these workers suffer exploitation from their employers and are at risk of becoming victims of worksite raids. This exploratory study examines the effects of a raid of an unauthorized immigrant worksite in Postville, Iowa. Interviews with key informants provide an inside perspective of the effects of the raid on children, adults, and the community.

Empowering Diverse Populations: Family Practice in the
21st Century

Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services
The rapid increase around the world in interactions among person of diverse cultural and social backgrounds along with major shifts in how family is defined, and increasing fragmentation among families, will place extraordinary demands on family practitioners in the 21st century. To help clients cope with related problems, practitioners must be trained to be flexible, open thinkers who are comfortable with diversity and knowledgeable about multilevel approaches to family empowerment.
 
Human Service Administrators' Knowledge About Immigration Policy: Associations with Attitudes, Political Ideology, and Organizational Practices

Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services
To be effective, providers of human services must be knowledgeable about immigration policy. This study assesses the accuracy of human service administrators' knowledge about state immigration policy and identifies individual and organizational characteristics associated with immigration policy knowledge.

These materials are intended to serve as reference material only, and are not necessarily reflective of the Alliance's platform on immigration policy.

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Date Posted: 
Tue, 25 Apr 2017

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