APA Weighs In With Congress On Young People Immigrating Across the Nation’s Southern Border

Written testimony addresses trauma, mental health needs, psychological factors of immigration experience

APA submitted written testimony for a June 25, 2014, hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee regarding the recent surge of unaccompanied children and young adults immigrating to the United States. APA’s testimony focused on the immediate need for trauma-informed mental health services for many of the children recently apprehended by United States Customs and Border Protection and described psychological issues related to the immigration experience. The testimony followed recent APA advocacy activities on immigration based on the recommendations of its 2012 presidential task force report, Crossroads: The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century.

APA maintains a strong focus on protecting the rights of vulnerable immigrant populations. To get involved in these and other pressing public policy issues for the field of psychology, please join APA’s Federal Action Network.