Invited Symposium II: Immigration: Political, Economic, and Sociocultural Factors Affecting Immigrants and Refugees
Friday, January 18, 2013: 2:30 PM-4:15 PM
Harbor Island Ballroom 3 (Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina)
Rowena Fong, EdD, University of Texas at Austin,
Luis H. Zayas, PhD, University of Texas at Austin,
Jini L. Roby, JD, MSW, MS, Brigham Young University and
Altaf Husain, PhD, MSW, Howard University
Social work researchers are challenged to address the complex problems of immigrants and refugees coping with restrictive immigration laws and policies. Evidence-based practices need to be grounded in cultural competencies that reflect the sociocultural and political environments immigrant and refugees experience in the United States. This invited session will focus on the political, economic, and sociocultural factors affecting the integration of immigrant and refugee populations. Dr. Luis Zayas will discuss the impact on the Latino population; Dr. Jini Roby will share insights on the concerns of domestic and international victims of human trafficking; and Dr. Altaf Husain will present on the experiences of immigrants and refugees who self-identify as Muslims. Implications for future research which will advance practice and policy with these at- risk individuals, families, and communities will be examined through panel and audience interactive discussions.