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Beyond the “Melting Pot”: Why We Need to Support the Multicultural Identities of All America’s Children

When we create an environment that leads children to feel ashamed of their ethnic identity, or to think that they cannot be both ethically identified and American, we are robbing them of a crucial protective factor that enhances their development. Numerous research studies have found that strong ties to cultures of origin, multilingualism, and multicultural identities provide cognitive, academic, social, and emotional advantages.

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Three Year Olds Defending Themselves in Immigration Court: Absurd Joke or Sad Reality?

By Jodi A. Quas, PhD (Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine) Recently , an amazing statement was made by a high-level federal immigration judge who not only oversees hundreds of immigration hearings each year, but is also responsible for training other immigration judges. The statement was made during a deposition hearing regarding a class action lawsuit, J.E.F.M. v. Holder. The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by immigration […]

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It’s Time to Rethink Our Detention Policies for Immigrant Families

By Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP (Past-President, American Psychological Association – 2011) When you think of the psychological harm that incarceration can cause, what is the first picture that comes to mind? Did you think about an 11-year-old boy who began to wet his bed after being held in a detention facility with his mom for 24 hours? Or a 16-year-old girl who says she will never be able […]

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In Case You Missed It – March 13, 2015

In Case You Missed It

Welcome to In Case You Missed It, a weekly roundup of news articles related to issues of psychology, health and mental health, social justice and the public interest that you may be interested in. This week, we have stories including what the Oklahoma University SAE fraternity scandal tells us about Americans’ understanding of racism, new research on teen brain development and how it impacts impulsiveness and risk-taking, the persistent wage gap between women and men […]

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