About the 2018 Rio Grande Valley Research
Human Impact Partners (HIP), in collaboration with La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), conducted a health impacts study to determine what happens to child and family health when a simple encounter with law enforcement snowballs into potential detention and/or deportation. We researched the effects on the health of children, parents, and families who live in the Rio Grande Valley when they live in fear of a parent or household loved one being deported, or if they’ve already experienced forced family separation as a result of deportation.
The work in this report was made possible by funding from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Health Impact Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Martha Ockenfels-Martinez, MPH
Sara Satinsky, MCRP, MPH
Jonathan Heller, PHD
In partnership with Tania Chavez, MBA, MA, Abraham Diaz, Esther Herrera, Cristina Leal, Marco Lopez, Martha Sanchez, John-Michael Torres, Juanita Valdez-Cox and LUPE staff.
Human Impact Partners and La Unión del Pueblo Entero. October 2018. The Effects of Forced Family Separation in the Rio Grande Valley: A Family Unity, Family Health Research Update. Oakland, CA.
For More Information, Contact:
Jonathan Heller, Co-Director
Human Impact Partners
304 12th Street, Suite 3B
Oakland, CA 94607
510-452-9442 ext. 100
John-Michael Torres, Communications Coordinator
La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)
About the 2013 US National Research
Human Impact Partners (HIP) conducted a national research study to understand how a continued policy of detention and deportation would impact the health and well-being of mixed-status families in the US. At the project's core was our partnership with an Advisory Committee of 19 people from academic and policy organizations from around the nation. The Advisory Committee guided and provided feedback on the research scope, analysis, findings and recommendations. The Advisory Committee is listed in the 2013 report.
The 2013 research project was made possible by the generous funding of The California Endowment and The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation.
October 17, 2018 Press Release
Download the Rio Grande Valley Research Press Release
2018 News Coverage
- Study says family separations are causing a mental health crisis in the Rio Grande Valley, by Hannah Wiley, The Texas Tribune, October 19, 2018
- “Sanctuary Cities” Bill Is Threatening Health of Texas Latinos, New Study Says, by Stephen Young, The Dallas Observer, October 18, 2018
- Estudio revela los efectos de la SB4 en la salud de inmigrantes, by Antonio Rodriguez, Telemundo 40, October 18, 2018
- ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Strong Effect on Children’s Education and Health, Say Immigration Advocates, by Joanna Guzman, KVEO-TV, October 17, 2018
- Study finds impact of immigration reform on kids, by Jolanie Martinez, KTXS-TV, October 17, 2018
- Texas Report: Deportation Fear Hurts Health of Whole Immigrant Community, by Julie Miller, Youth Today, October 17, 2018