Los Inmigrantes Imparables: Strengthening Networks and Fostering Resilience in Immigrant Communities

Immigration has dominated national headlines as immigrant communities have been forced to contend with erratic--and dangerous-- federal policies regarding their status, safety, and wellbeing. In the face of this chaos, those helping immigrant families address their trauma and access important resources have not had an easy time. Successful efforts have relied on innovative approaches that engage multiple sectors, make use of national networks, and share knowledge and information quickly. Additionally, new research has shown the need for shifts in thinking that consider the positive influence of the immigrant experience; for example, we now know that children from immigrant families have higher resilience than native born children possibly due to strong community networks and family support systems, which can help them overcome early trauma and ACEs. This breakout session will feature exciting work being doing with immigrant families and communities across the country from Vermont to California. Speakers will share how they are developing safe spaces for local at-risk communities using trauma-informed practices in health care and education settings. They will share toolkits for spreading information quickly and efficiently across local and national networks, and highlight groundbreaking work in communities that are modeling cross-sector innovation and collaboration.

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