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Local Immigration Laws and their Impact on Hispanic/Latino Health

posted on Thu, Apr 16 2015 12:00 am by The Network for Public Health Law

Thursday, April 16 at 1 p.m. ET. View/download the slides.

Federal immigration enforcement policies have been increasingly delegated to state and local jurisdictions. This shift has resulted largely from the implementation of two federal initiatives: section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Secure Communities program. Some evidence suggests that both section 287(g) and the Secure Communities program contribute to Hispanic/Latino immigrants’ general mistrust of local law enforcement, as well as fear of utilizing a variety of public services and accessing health care services. This webinar will introduce new research investigating the impact these laws may have on access to care and how barriers created by immigration laws could impact health. Presenters will offer practical suggestions to help public health practitioners, health care providers and community workers address these barriers.


  • Omar Martinez, J.D., M.P.H., M.S., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University
  • Susan Auger, M.S.W., M.A., Ph.D., President & Founder, Auger Communications
  • Daniel P. Brown, J.D., Daniel Brown Law Office, PHLLC


  • Sarah Somers, J.D., M.P.H., Managing Attorney, the Network for Public Health Law - Southeastern Region

This webinar is co-sponsored by Public Health Law Research and the Network for Public Health Law.

Attendees may qualify for CLE credit through ASLME. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states, and will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.