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Q&A: Immigrant Children and Trauma [today.uconn.edu]

 

Newcomer immigrant youth – refugees, asylum seekers, and unaccompanied children – face unique challenges when involved with the juvenile justice system, say a team of mental health and legal experts who have published a new book on the topic.

Co-authored by UConn Health psychiatrist Julian Ford, the book seeks to raise awareness about those challenges among some of the first people that the youth will meet: juvenile court judges and advocates.

In A Trauma-Informed Approach to Judicial Decision-Making for Newcomer Immigrant Youth in Juvenile Justice Proceedings, the authors outline behavioral, social, and learning challenges that many newcomer immigrant youth experience as a result of trauma. The publication is the work of the Center for Trauma & Juvenile Justice, the National Center for Youth Law, and the Refugee Trauma & Resilience Center, in consultation with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

[For more on this story by Delker Vardilos, go to https://today.uconn.edu/2019/0...nt-children-trauma/#]

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