Immigrant Justice

This interest group is comprised of academics, practitioners, and students who are currently working with immigrant communities, identify as immigrants themselves, and/or who are looking to find ways to use their work towards justice for immigrant communities.

Mission Statement

To identify ways in which community psychologists could assist and support new immigrant and refugees at the local level, to educate SCRA members about opportunities to collaborate with local agencies/organizations in support of immigrants and refugees, to provide information and tools that could be shared with local agencies/organizations to help immigrants and refugees, to advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees at the national and international levels, and to work toward permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the migrant communities around the world.

Goals

  1. To identify ways in which community psychologists could assist and support new immigrant and refugees at the local level
  2. To educate SCRA members about opportunities to collaborate with local agencies/organizations in support of immigrants and refugees
  3. To provide information and tools that could be shared with local agencies/organizations to help immigrants and refugees
  4. To advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees at the national and international levels
  5. To work toward permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the migrant communities around the world

Get Involved

Join Our Listserv: The Immigrant Justice Interest Group listserv allows you to stay up-to-date on all communications among members. To join, please email infoscra@scra27.org and ask to be added.

Participate in our Monthly Meetings: We meet monthly via Zoom to get updates on current immigration policy and advocacy, discuss current projects, such as policy proposals, and have lively discussions regarding how to meet our goals. We meet on the third Friday of each month from 3-4pm Eastern Time (Time Zone Converter).

Contact our Co-chairs Want to find out other ways to get involved or have ideas for the interest group? Contact the current co-chairs: Sara Buckingham and Moshood Olanrewaju

Resources

SCRA-Adopted Policy Statements by Group Members

SCRA Statement on The Roles of Settings in Supporting Immigrants' Resistance to Injustice and Oppression (2021), & Briefs in English and Spanish

SCRA Statement on the Effects of Deportation and Forced Separation on Immigrants, their Families, and Communities (2018), Executive Summary (see Spanish version here) & Infographic.

SCRA Statement on the Incarceration of Undocumented Immigrant Families (2015) & Brief

Select Media Work by Group Members

On Reproductive Injustice: Oppression of Latinx Women

On DACA: Awaiting DACA Decision Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Fighting for Human ConnectionWhy Failing to Protect Dreamers Harms AllDACA Community Braces for a Supreme Court RulingIt’s Important to Protect DACA During the Pandemic

On Deportation: U.S. Deportation Policies have Negative Effects for Everyone

On the Right to Legal Counsel in Immigration Proceedings: Guarantee Legal Counsel for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Other Resources

Community Psychology Immigrant Justice Articles

Immigrant Justice Quarterly Column in The Community Psychologist

APA Webpage on Immigration Advocacy and Policies