Links to resources and experts

Here are links to immigration reports and research.

Immigration and Citizenship Policies

Reproductive Agents: The Right-Wing Villification of Immigrant women’s Fertility. Susana Sánchez, a Hampshire College student and PopDev researcher writes about new efforts in fourteen US states to end birthright citizenship through legislative attacks on the 14th Amendment.

Attacking Women and Families – An Analysis of the Anti-Immigrant Movement’s Discriminatory Plans A policy paper addressing recent statements from the anti-immigrant organization, State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI) to attack the 14th Amendment. National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, January 2011

A resource from Priscilla Huang, JD from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review that puts the latest attacks on women and the 14th Amendment in a gender and reproductive justice context.

Family Immigration System and API Women Factsheet. Data and information on federal family immigration policies and the  impact on Asian Pacific Islanders. Asians comprise 32 percent of all family-based immigrants. National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, October 2009

The Nexus Between Human Trafficking and Immigration.. A policy paper outlining the need for humane immigration policies to prevent the trafficking and exploitation of women. National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, June 2007

Health and Reproductive Justice

Latina Immigrant Women’s Access to Abortion: Insights from Interviews with Latina Grasstops Leaders. This research analyzes participants’ responses regarding abortion.  Three themes emerged from participants’ responses regarding abortion: lack of access to adequate information and referrals, the impact of abortion on funding for programs and services, and immigrant youth access to abortion. September 2010, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Advancing Reproductive Justice in Immigrant Communities: Promotoras/es de Salud as a Model. This report highlights NLIRH’s work with promotoras/es de salud (community health workers) and highlights the connection between promotoras/es and reproductive justice as an opportunity for movement building and social change. January 2010, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

United States Social Forum Reproductive Justice Briefing Book.. This special section of the 2007 briefing book focuses on immigrant rights. June 2007, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Latina Immigrants and Abortion . The high rate of poverty among Latinas, coupled with limited public funding sources for abortion make it difficult for many Latinas to access abortion. This makes many Latinas turn to unsafe and unhealthy methods of self-induction. Barriers such as limited funding, Medicaid restrictions, cultural or language differences and lack of access to education about services leave many Latinas without any safe and legal options. July 2005, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) Women’s Healthcare in Immigration Detention Factsheet. Immigration detention is the fastest growing form of incarceration in the U.S. NCIWR finds women’s health care in immigration detention centers is often inadequate, if not deplorable. National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights, July 2009

Immigration Reform and Pregnant API. This issue brief outlines the increasing anti-immigrant sentiments that impact pregnant immigrant women’s ability to access needed health and social services. February 2007

Economic Justice

Debunking Immigration Myths: ” They Take Our Jobs” A fact sheet addressing the top myths about immigrants and their families. SEIU, January 2011.

Immigrant Children

Children in Immigrant Families: Ensuring Opportunities for Every Child in America. Children in immigrant families account for nearly one-fourth (24 percent) of all children as of 2010, and the vast majority (88 percent) are U.S. citizens. In fact, children of immigrants account for nearly the entire growth in the U.S. child population between 1990 and 2008.1 This policy brief from First Focus draws on key indicators from the Foundation for Child Development Child Well-Being Index (CWI), as well as additional data, to highlight both similarities and differences in the circumstances of children in immigrant and native-born families. First Focus, March 2011.

Research Centers
Pew Research Center – Immigration Center
Southern Poverty Law Center— Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry (11/16/2010)

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