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Congress Publishes Third Edition of “Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees”


Fordham GSS Professor Elaine Congress, D.S.W., has just published the third edition of her book, Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees: Legal Issues, Clinical Skills, and Advocacy. 

The book was co-written with Fernando Chang-Muy, who is the Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law. Fordham GSS Professor Marciana Popescu provides an introduction. The book was published last week by Springer.


Using a foundational, institutional, and population-based approach illustrated with concrete examples, this innovative text will aid readers in the development of policy analysis skills, advocacy tools, and communication skills needed to work effectively with immigrants and refugees throughout the United States. The updated third edition includes four new chapters examining refugees and asylum, cultural humility and advocacy focused nonprofit organizations, public health and immigrants, and immigration and housing—areas that have recently seen extensive policy changes in practice and at the state and federal levels. Major updates throughout this solution-oriented text focus on how to enact positive systemic changes and include an extensive reorganization of the text to facilitate ease of use.

The text provides specific information about how to engage immigrant clients and how to help them navigate the complicated and often unwelcoming American educational, health, housing, and criminal justice systems. The book also addresses ways to advocate for immigrants and refugees in micro, mezzo, and macro settings and information on at-risk groups such as women, children, and elderly. Chapters feature learning objectives, case studies with discussion questions, and additional resources including sample documents. Instructors will also welcome a customizable sample syllabus and chapter PowerPoints. Purchase includes digital access for use on most mobile devices or computers.

New to the Third Edition:

  • New chapters exploring refugees and asylum, cultural humility and advocacy focused nonprofit organizations, public health and immigrants, and immigration and housing
  • Examines in depth how to enact positive systemic changes
  • Provides an overview of immigration categories with a focus on highly vulnerable refugees and asylees
  • Up-to-date immigration policy information
  • Updates to federal government benefits and programs for immigrant workers

Key Features:

  • Combines direct social service, systems change advocacy, and immigration strategies
  • Integrates social work and immigration law, perspectives on health, mental health, education, employment, housing, and more
  • Focuses on practical skills reinforced through case studies
  • Examines the needs of specific at-risk immigrant population including refugees, women, children, and older adults
  • Supports social work competencies essential for CSWE accreditation



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