Undocumented and Mixed-Status Latinx Families: Sociopolitical Considerations for Systemic Practice
Millions of mixed-status Latinx immigrant families in the United States are facing extreme stress and fear of family separation stemming from harsh immigration enforcement practices. In this paper, we suggest that true systemic practice involves knowledge and critical engagement with the broader contexts of families’ lives. To this end, we review the history of immigration policy that created today’s sociopolitical climate and help therapists situate themselves within this larger context. We then offer additional practice considerations for family therapy with mixed-status families, ranging from pre-intake concerns to community and advocacy work. Our hope is that therapists will use the areas of this paper that best fit their own practices and contexts, with the shared goal of providing ethical and just services to undocumented and mixed-status Latinx immigrant families.
Journal of Family Psychotherapy
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Walsdorf, A.A., Escudero, Y.M., Bermudez, J.M. (2019) Undocumented and Mixed-Status Latinx Families: Sociopolitical Considerations for Systemic Practice. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 30(4), 245-271.