Detention, Deportation, and Contemporary Prejudice: Social Work Advocacy in the U.S. Immigration Experience

Jonnell Rodriguez, MSW, LSW and Serges Demefack, MA

Course Description:
Immigrants face many barriers and obstacles when integrating into U.S. society, including adversities related to power and privilege, race, gender bias, sexual orientation, and class. Detention and deportation are two of the main mitigating factors of the U.S. Immigration system that produce these adverse effects. Social workers and other service providers serve as major supports for immigrants who experience crises while navigating through the immigration experience. Acquiring knowledge of immigration law and social policies affecting the immigrant community and the access each immigration status provides to clients in the form of public benefits can better equip service providers to assist and advocate for these individuals.

Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the effects of detention and deportation on individuals and families.
  2. List current public policies affecting the immigrant community.
  3. Recognize key federal, state and local regulations affecting immigrants in the US.
  4. Identify public benefits clients qualify for based on their immigration status and which benefits can have adverse immigration consequences.

Presenter Biographies:
Jonnelle Rodriguez is a Licensed Social Worker at the American Friends Service Committee where she has provided case management services to immigrants in the community and those released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention for over four years. In addition, she has also provided numerous presentations regarding case management services to the immigrant community to community members and service providers to encourage immigration-based knowledge in the social services sector and amongst the community. One of these presentations was also accepted into the 2017 NASW-NJ social work conference. Jonnelle also has past experience working at a Child Partial Hospitalization Program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center where she provided individual, family and group therapy. She also has provided in-home therapy to children and families previously with Project 99, LLC. Jonnelle received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from William Paterson University and her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University-Newark.

Serge Demefack is the End Detention and Deportation Project Coordinator at American Friends Service Committee, Immigrant Rights Program. Mr. Demefack speaks French, Spanish and Yemba. He holds a Bachelor’s in Law from the University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon, a Master’s in Business Law from the University of Douala, Cameroon, and a Master’s in International Affairs from the New School University in New York. Mr. Demefack is the former Secretary of the International Correction and Prison Association, Africa Chapter. Previously, he also worked at the Rockefeller Foundation and the International Rescue Committee. As an international consultant, Mr. Demefack has been involved in research on prison reform in Africa and transnational migration. As a member of the Hudson County Correctional Advisory Board, Mr. Demefack is working for the improvement of detention conditions at the Hudson County Jail.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ
Date:   October 11, 2019        Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m.
The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.

Agenda:

9:30 – 10:00am Introduction and overview of immigration in the US
Impact of federal, state, and local policies on detention and deportation in NJ
10:00 – 11:00am Current NJ and national legislation and policies
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention
11:00 – 11:05am Morning Break
11:05am – 12:05pm Effects of family separation by detention and deportation on children and families
Barriers to accessing services
Case management skills for working with the immigrant community
12:05 – 12:50pm Lunch on your own
12:50 – 1:50pm Immigration statuses and public benefits qualifications
1:50 – 1:55pm Afternoon Break
1:55 – 3:30pm Benefits and immigration consequences
Resources available to the immigrant community
Questions and discussion

Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health and substance use professionals. This course is appropriate for beginner level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for this course. ACE Provider Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers completing this course will receive 5 Social and Cultural Competence continuing education credits.

Detention, Deportation, and Contemporary Prejudice: Social Work Advocacy in the U.S. Immigration Experience #2541, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Family Connections, Inc. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 7/8/2019-7/8/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 5 Social and Cultural Competence continuing education credits.

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have turned in their evaluation and signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions & Parking Information: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 or by email at nstromko@familyconnectionsnj.org

Registration: Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health and substance use agencies and self-help centers until October 4, 2019. Cancellations must be made by October 7, 2019.

To register, please click here

Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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