Session: Service and Support Needs Among Migrating Groups across Settings: A Critical Examination of Opportunities, Barriers, and Outcomes (Society for Social Work and Research 23rd Annual Conference - Ending Gender Based, Family and Community Violence)

138 Service and Support Needs Among Migrating Groups across Settings: A Critical Examination of Opportunities, Barriers, and Outcomes

Friday, January 18, 2019: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Golden Gate 4, Lobby Level (Hilton San Francisco)
Cluster: Immigrants and Refugees (I&R)
Symposium Organizer:
Karin Wachter, PhD, Arizona State University
Debora Ortega, PhD, University of Denver
Overall Symposium Abstract

The destruction of support networks and service options have reverberating implications for people who migrate. Ruptures in family and community systems can lead to the immediate and long-term loss of resources and support embedded in relational networks. Global efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to (certain) migrating groups emphasize saving lives and creating long-term political solutions. Policy and practice thus overlook complex support needs shaped by individual experiences, intersecting identities, and structural forces at play. Empirical knowledge of support needs and service outcomes are therefore imperative to informing current and future efforts to re-conceptualize practice with migrating populations.

Drawing from four qualitative studies and a systematic review, this symposium examines formal and informal support people seek to meet pragmatic needs, alleviate suffering, and connect interpersonally in the context of migration. The first paper examines barriers to accessing services related to experiences of intimate partner violence among refugee women in a mid-western state in the United States. The second paper shares findings from a recent study, which explored the needs and access to services among asylum-seeking Latina women during and after release from immigrant detention in the United States. The third paper highlights the role a group based mental health intervention played in restoring social resources among Syrian refugees in Jordan. The fourth paper examines how Congolese women make meaning of formal and informal support options post-resettlement in the United States. Finally, the fifth paper shares findings from a systematized review of the academic literature about the settlement outcomes of immigrant and refugee women in Canada.

Drawing from global and local perspectives, all five of the oral presentations speak to the conference focus on gender-based, family, and community violence. Collectively, the symposium underscores the complicated nature of support needs and service provision, and advocates for bringing critical understanding to resource options for migrating populations through research and practice.

* noted as presenting author
Exploring the Criminal and Health Justice Service Experiences and Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Cecilia Mengo, PhD, Ohio State University; Julianna Nemeth, PhD, Ohio State University; Brieanne Beaujolais, MA, MSW, Ohio State University; Abigail Coyle, Ohio State University
Whenever I Get a Problem Here I Report It to the Agency: Post-Resettlement Sources of Support Among Congolese Women Living in the United States
Karin Wachter, PhD, Arizona State University; Lauren Gulbas, PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Assessing Immigrant and Refugee Women's Settlement Outcomes in Canada: Insights from a Systematized Literature Review
Cathy Schmidt, MSW, University of Toronto; Rupaleem Bhuyan, PhD, University of Toronto
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