Organizations working with Latina immigrants: Resources and strategies for change
About This Report This report presents findings from a two-year study exploring how nonprofit organizations and religious congregations strive to advance the rights, economic standing, and overall well-being of low-income Latina immigrants in Atlanta, GA; Phoenix, AZ; and Northern Virginia, a region within the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. It examines the challenges that service providers, clergy, and advocates in these areas see immigrant women grappling with on a daily basis, as well as
... he broad array of resources that "religious" and "secular" organizations offer to address these challenges. In documenting these resources, the report highlights the remarkable efforts of groups that strive to assist immigrant women in contexts often shaped by strong anti-immigrant sentiment and restrictive public policies. It also explores the gaps in resources that continue to remain despite these efforts and captures the views of organizational leaders on how programs and policies can be improved to support Latina immigrants. Based on the research findings, the report makes recommendations for changes in policies and practices that would benefit immigrant women and their families. We hope these recommendations will be useful to advocates, clergy, service providers, policymakers, and others who support the inclusion of immigrant women in communities and society. The project was funded by the Ford Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation. Acknowledgments This project relied first and foremost on the contributions of more than 300 women and men who agreed to be interviewed for our research. They graciously took time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences and insights about their work with immigrant women and families. We are extremely grateful to all the respondents for their participation in the study, and for their openness and sincerity during the interviews.