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Beyond Breaking News: Ways of Seeing Migrants and Their Children

In his icon­ic 1977 essay on migra­tion, A Sev­enth Man: A Book of Images and Words about the Expe­ri­ence of Migrant Work­ers in Europe, John Berg­er wrote: “To try to under­stand the expe­ri­ence of anoth­er it is nec­es­sary to dis­man­tle the world as seen from one’s own place with­in it, and to reassem­ble it as seen […]

Migrants’ Lives, Immigration Policy, and Ethics Work

The Russ­ian poet Anna Akhma­to­va was a moth­er sep­a­rat­ed from her child by a state pol­i­cy of ter­ror. Dur­ing the 1930s, she and oth­er moth­ers would gath­er out­side a Leningrad prison, des­per­ate for infor­ma­tion. One day, after 17 months of “wait­ing in prison queues,” anoth­er woman whis­pered to her, “‘Could one ever describe this?’ And […]

Shocking the Conscience: Justice Department versus the Health of Immigrant Women and Children

In April, the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment announced that it would crim­i­nal­ly pros­e­cute migrants who had been appre­hend­ed after cross­ing the U.S.-Mexico. bor­der. An imme­di­ate con­se­quence of this announce­ment, explained in detail here, is the sep­a­ra­tion of chil­dren from their par­ents. Rather than allow­ing fam­i­lies to stay togeth­er in an immi­grant deten­tion cen­ter while await­ing a hear­ing […]

Quick Guide: National, State, and County-Level Data and Resources on Undocumented Patients

Updat­ed June 8, 2017 The 11 mil­lion undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants in the Unit­ed States live in all 50 states and rely on local safe­­ty-nets and state-lev­­el pro­vi­sions for health care. Launched in 2011, The Hast­ings Center’s Undoc­u­ment­ed Patients project has focused on under­stand­ing eth­i­cal and pol­i­cy chal­lenges in pro­vid­ing health care access for this low-income pop­u­la­tion, which […]

Health Care Access for Undocumented Immigrants under the Trump Administration

Health care access is local; cre­at­ing, financ­ing, expand­ing, or restrict­ing health care access for a low-income pop­u­la­tion involves local, state, and fed­er­al poli­cies. What will be the fate of these state and local efforts under the new admin­is­tra­tion?

Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: Access to Prenatal Care

This issue brief was draft­ed by Rachel Fabi with research assis­tance from Mohi­ni Baner­jee, edit­ed by Michael K. Gus­mano and Nan­cy Berlinger, and designed by Mohi­ni Baner­jee. Spe­cial thanks to expert review­ers Evan A. Ashkin, MD, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Fam­i­ly Med­i­cine, Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at Chapel Hill; Kate Bicego, Con­sumer Assis­tance Pro­gram Man­ag­er, Health […]

Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: U.S. Health Policy and Access to Care

Access to health care for undoc­u­mented immi­grants in the U.S. is shaped by sev­eral poli­cies and pro­grams at the fed­eral state and local lev­el. This issue brief pro­vides an overview of key fed­eral and state poli­cies.

Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: Use of Health Care

In this issue brief, we sum­ma­rize evi­dence regard­ing the use of health care ser­vices by undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants and the exist­ing bar­ri­ers to their use of health care.

Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: Demographics and Socioeconomic Status

In this issue brief, we sum­ma­rize evi­dence regard­ing what is known about the demo­graph­ics of undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants and the rea­sons they come to the Unit­ed States.