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Leaving your home for a new country is always stressful, and sometimes the journey is traumatic. In 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s much worse. Immigrants, refugees and their families are experiencing intense pressure, fear and trauma from increased enforcement, separation of families, working in essential jobs and an uncertain future. All of us, immigrants, refugees, service providers, employers, friends and neighbors, need to manage these anxieties while we work together for a better future.

The ILC gathered experts in social work, psychology, advocacy and education for the free webinar Pandemic, Politics and the Future: Tackling Immigrant Anxiety and Trauma on Thursday, November 12, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST. This interactive webinar covered the hidden public health crisis facing immigrants of all kinds and dove deeply into ways to improve the lives of immigrants facing an uncertain, perilous future. A recording and resources will be made available shortly.

From the recording, you will learn about: 

  • The silent public health crisis facing immigrants and refugees across the nation 

  • How scapegoating, discrimination and anti-immigrant policies, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, are impacting new Americans 

  • Strategies to manage these stresses, fears and traumas at interpersonal, institutional and community levels

This webinar is for immigrant- and refugee-serving professionals, social workers, educators, advocates and anyone interested in making a positive difference in the lives of new Americans.

Technical requirements: 

  • An internet connection
  • Speakers or phone
    • To join by phone, download the free Zoom app for iPhone or Android prior to the webinar.
    • You may be prompted to authorize a Zoom plug-in


Diya Kallivayalil, PhD, Director of Training, Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Hospital; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Jessica Gomez, PsyD, Director, Clinical Innovation, Momentous Institute

Robert McAndrews headshotRobert McAndrews PhD, JD, Professor, School of Social Work; Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Salem State University

Hannah Matthews, Deputy Executive Director for Policy, Center for Law and Social Policy

Denzil Mohammed headshotDenzil Mohammed, Director of The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute

This is the latest free webinar hosted by The ILC Public Education Institute. View recordings and resources from past webinars on immigrant integration, education and research including our last virtual conference Strength in Numbers: Uniting Immigration with Other Social Causes.

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