Latina Immigrant Women and Children’s Well-Being and Access to Services After Detention


This brief describes findings of a research study that seeks to understand the experiences of Latina women and their children when seeking asylum due to gender based violence and to document the experiences of those who have been detained while seeking asylum for gender based violence, the consequences of detention on survivors of violence, and post-detention service needs. By understanding the process of detention and how Latinas experience detention and possible re-traumatization and re-victimization, as well as the unique needs and services required to assist survivors throughout detention and upon release from detention, well-informed policy recommendations and practice priorities can be developed to promote trauma-informed approaches at every point.

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