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Immigrant children--Government policy--Iowa; Immigrant children--Legal status, laws, etc.--Iowa;


Beginning in 2012, an influx of immigrant children from the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras arrived in the United States from their home countries searching for safety and security. As the federal government stepped in to help place the children throughout the states, the governor of Iowa made a stance refusing to provide funding to these children leaving non-profits and faith-based organizations to provide the necessary resources. This study examines the options, services, and resources the children have accessed or are capable of accessing after arriving in the United States. Through interviews with agencies, groups, and organizations in Iowa, participants offered information on the current services provided, as well as policy and practice recommendations at the state and federal levels on how to improve our current immigration processes. The results of this study help to advance social work practice and policy changes to ensure international protection, gain a stronger collaboration with the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and create a plan for easier accessibility for visas or citizenships for the immigrant children and their families.

Year of Submission


Year of Award

2016 Award

Degree Name

Master of Social Work


Department of Social Work

First Advisor

Augustina Naami

Date Original


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