Immigrant Justice

This interest group is compiled of academics and practitioners who are currently working with immigrant communities, identify as immigrants themselves 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 Calls We meet monthly 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. Our calls are currently scheduled for the third Friday of each month from 3-4pm Eastern Standard Time.

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: Kevin Ferreira van Leer and Sara Buckingham

Resources

Policy Statements generated by the interest group

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) & 2 page brief 

Policy Statements generated by other groups

SPSSI Statement on Immigration Reform & Psychology (2014)

Other websites

Community Psychology Immigrant Justice Archive

APA webpage on Immigration Advocacy and Policies 

Past Activities

Virtual Op-Ed Writing Session hosted by SCRA's Immigrant Justice group 

January 27th, 2020

The Immigrant Justice group would like to invite YOU to bring your expertise and voice as a community psychologist to local and national conversations regarding immigration policy. 
 
We have been asked by United We Dream, the largest youth-led immigrant rights organization in the U.S., to support their work on protecting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In the face of increasing xenophobic rhetoric, United We Dream seeks to change the narrative in communities regarding immigrants. They invited us to engage the public through op-eds, as op-eds can support narrative shift and call people to action.
 
This will be an opportunity for YOU to join other SCRA members to engage in a discussion about writing op-eds, spend dedicated time drafting one, and get peer editing and feedback. By the end of our 3 hours together, we hope that you'll have an op-ed ready (or nearly ready) to submit to your local paper!  If you can't come for the whole time, consider joining us for part of the time and working on a letter to the editor (LTE) instead!  
 
There is no need to prepare in advance of our meeting; simply come with an idea! You can learn more about this effort in The Community Psychologist.  
 
What can your op-ed or LTE be about?
- DACA in your community or state
- DACA at your university
- The importance of DACA and its positive impacts across the United States
- and more
 
The more people who write op-eds or LTEs, the broader the reach of our message.  We hope you join us!