Latino Immigrant Families

TXICFW believes the UT School of Social Work and the entire field of social work needs to strengthen and formalize it’s response to immigrant detention. Their needs to be increased awareness and understanding of the trauma and impact of migration and that immigration services should seek to increase access to psychosocial evaluations, counseling, and other mental health services that are mindful of the unique family dynamics and struggles of undocumented families. TXICFW believes efforts should be put forth to empower undocumented families to plan for their future and increase opportunities for social work students to advocate for these families. Learn more about our projects with Latino Immigrant Families:

Current Projects

Mixed-Status Families: Providing culturally responsive & trauma-informed services

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This workshop is for all social service providers, lawyers and educators who work with the undocumented community. We discuss trauma, migration, contemporary immigration policies, and available resources to help you provide comprehensive, trauma-informed and culturally responsive services to your clients. Audiences: professionals, lawyers, and educators Interested in this training? Contact  

Trauma-informed Interviewing: When working with immigrant families

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Trauma-informed interviewing is essential for lawyers and law students working with immigrants seeking relief in legal cases. This workshop provides an overview of trauma-informed interviewing and a chance to practice using important techniques and resources. Training Objectives: Participants will learn about trauma and causes of trauma in the immigration context. Participants will discuss methods of… Read more »


Girasol strives to help Texas immigrant children and families to heal from trauma through support, education, and connection. Girasol is housed in the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas at Austin and works with community partners to support immigrants by providing services to women and children both during and… Read more »

Hispanic Parent Study

Researchers at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin are conducting a study to understand how cultural values influence parenting within Hispanic families. Researchers leading this study include Drs. Lauren Gulbas, Esther Calzada and Monica Faulkner. Focus groups will be held this summer with parents of children ages 0-5, 6-10 and 10-18.  Focus… Read more »

Undocumented Latino Families

TXICFW is working to strengthen and formalize UT School of Social Work’s response to recent waves of migrants seeking asylum, particularly from the “Northern Triangle” countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Given that Texas has a large number of immigration detention facilities, including two facilities that house women and children, social workers have been… Read more »

Completed Projects

“We are just one piece of a larger puzzle” Social work volunteers share their experiences from Girasol’s spring trip to the U.S./Mexico border.

Sunflower behind U.S./Mexico Border Fence

“Heavy, yet hopeful.” “Emotionally challenging but utterly gratifying.” “Chaos and desperation combined with warmth and strength.” This is how it feels today when you go to the U.S./Mexico border. In March of 2019, TXICFW’s Girasol team took a total of eight social work student volunteers to the U.S./Mexico border. This multi-lingual, dedicated team drove 10+… Read more »

The Journey to Safety Part 3: How Credible is Your Fear?

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By Ana Hernández Ana Hernández is a Master student in Social Work and Latin American Studies. She is a Research Assistant at the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing.  Ana co-facilitates a weekly support group at the Hutto Detention Center and is part of the Social Work Detention Response Team that provides legal information… Read more »

Burden of the Secret: A study of undocumented families in Texas

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Barros Lane, L., Berger Cardoso, J., Scott, J. & Faulkner, M., (2017). Burden of the Secret A study of undocumented families in Texas, Poster paper at the Society for Social Work and Research 21th Annual Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA      

How to help unaccompanied immigrant children this holiday season

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Despite the state of Texas pulling out of the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program earlier this year, Local non-profits continue to help resettle refugees. In the past few years, there has been a surge in unaccompanied immigrant minors from Central and South America entering the United States. Many of these children are from the “Northern Triangle” of… Read more »

Life as an Undocumented Longhorn

by Anayeli Marcos I am one of the few who did not laugh at my professor’s joke about his favorite taco truck driver being deported.  I am one of the students who stood in line mortified during freshmen orientation because I could not get a student id card without a state issued id.  I am one… Read more »

Berger Cardoso, J., Dettlaff, A., Finno-Velasquez, M., Scott, J. & Faulkner, M. (2014). Citizenship and immigration status among Latinos involved in the child welfare system: Characteristics, risk and maltreatment. Child and Youth Services Review, 44, 189-200.

Berger Cardoso, J., Dettlaff, A., Finno-Velasquez, M., Scott, J. & Faulkner, M. (2014).   Citizenship and immigration status among Latinos involved in the child welfare system: Characteristics, risk and maltreatment. Child and Youth Services Review, 44, 189-200.