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Undocumented Immigrant Collaborative

Co-Chairs: Claudette “Claudia” Antuña, Psy.D., MHSA LICSW, [email protected], Alfonso Mercado, Ph.D., [email protected], Luz Garcini, Ph.D., [email protected], and Gabriela Hurtado, Ph.D., [email protected]

The Undocumented Immigrant Collaborative aims to identify, support/collaborate, promote and develop strategies to help undocumented and immigrants, their families and providers. The purpose of this special interest group is closely related to the overall mission of NLPA. We are interested in connecting the existing research, training, and practice to improve the delivery of culturally-relevant mental health services to undocumented and immigrant communities. Moreover, we are interested in fostering a strong relationship through effective collaboration and communication among researchers, practitioners, organizations, communities, and institutions that are relevant to undocumented and immigrant communities.

To address these broad goals we have divided our efforts into three interacting teams.

1)     The Clinical/Forensic Team that seeks to identify, promote and develop culturally competent clinical and forensic guidelines to more effectively assist undocumented immigrants. This team will discuss and clarify clinical and forensic considerations and guidelines for the provisions of mental health services to undocumented Latino communities. Documents that respond to this goal will be placed on a Google Document on NLPA website. Once installed NLPA members will be invited to add resources. This team is led by Dr. Claudia Antuña.  [email protected] and Dr. Alfonso Mercado[email protected]

2)     The Research Team that seeks to promote identification, divulgation, collaboration, and promotion of studies that more effectively address the needs of immigrant and undocumented communities. For example, we have found that some senior researchers have gathered much data that could be analyzed through doctoral projects, while other researchers need help in gathering data in the community. This section is led by Dr. Luz Garcini, [email protected]    

3)     The Resources Team which aims to identify resources (e.g., psychologists that are able to conduct Forensic evaluations) in each state that assists undocumented and immigrants. A Google Document with different resources is being created and hopefully added to the new NLPA web site. NLPA members will be invited to add resources to this document. The organization of this document is led by Dr. Gabriela Hurtado. [email protected]