Migration and International Social Work
The most developed of the three new institutes is the Institute for Migration and International Social Work, directed by Maria Vidal de Haymes, PhD. “The impact of globalization and migration is producing challenges that cross national borders,” says Vidal de Haymes, noting that these migration-related issues include persistent or periodic ruptures in families and social support, exposure to violence and exploitation, poverty and economic insecurity, vulnerabilities related to legal status, and cultural and linguistic isolation.
Many established initiatives provide a solid framework for the institute’s future efforts. Recent and ongoing projects include: A new migration studies subspecialization and certificate program Transnational field placement with Jesuit Migrant Service-Mexico and Iberoamericana University in Mexico. A training curriculum for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services employees who work with Latino immigrant families. A forum on the emerging impact of migration on child welfare services that includes both the U.S. and countries of origin, resulting in a national migrational and child welfare network. A transnational study on the impact of faith and the Catholic church on the well-being of Mexican migrant families. A multinational study on immigrant integration in Europe and North America.