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Public Policy

Community Psychologists want to ensure that their findings and success positively impact larger communities. As such, Community Psychologists collaborate with policy makers and other groups to work on policy activities. These activities may impact contemporary policy debates at the state and federal levels, create opportunities for training, and encourage those working in communities who lack policy experiences to familiarize themselves with the policy process and understand ways in which their voices can be heard.

Infograph: Effects of Deportation and Forced Separation on Immigrants, their Families, and Communities

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A companion to our policy statement, this infographic is useful for immigration-related advocacy.

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Effectos de la Deportación y la Separación Forzada

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
Declaración sobre los efectos de la deportación y la separación forzada en los inmigrantes, sus familias y las comunidades Declaración de Pólítica de la Sociedad para la Investigación y Acción Comunitaria: División 27 de la Asociación Americana de Psicología Preparada por: Regina Day Langhout, Sara L. Buckingham, Ashmeet K. Oberoi, Nóe R. Chavez, Dana Rusch, Francesca Esposito, […]

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Preventing Human Trafficking Using Data-driven, Community-based Strategies

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A policy brief developed by the Research-to-Policy Collaboration with support from the Society for Community Research and Action. Approximately 40 million people worldwide, including many in the United States, are estimated to be victims of human trafficking — a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control both adults […]

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Incarceration of Undocumented Families: A Policy Statement by the Society for Community Research and Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Public Policy
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Jessica Chicco, Patricia Esparza, M. Brinton Lykes, Fabricio E. Balcazar and Kevin Ferreira On April 5th Antonio Puente, President of the APA, sent a letter to the Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security raising concerns about the current policies regarding the incarceration of migrant families. That letter was based largely on the SCRA Statement. EXECUTIVE […]

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How We Can Promote “Citizenship” in Communities

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If we return to the definition of citizenship as a sense of belonging to a group, we gain an understanding of “community” as more broad than simple geographical proximity, membership, or identification with a group.

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Apply Community Psychology Principles to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Posted in: Blog, Environment, Public Policy
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A Call to Action by Christopher Corbett Citizens–not politicians–are urgently needed and create the demand for renewable energy.  Will you join in the battle to help prevent climate change? In Part I: Community Psychology and the Resist Movement (Corbett, 2017, a), I made the case that there is a moral obligation to resist our elected […]

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The Effects of Deportation on Families and Communities

Posted in: Aging, Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy | Tags:
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Deportation has numerous detrimental impacts on individuals who are deported, and on the families and communities they are forced to leave behind. This policy statement reviews the empirical literature to describe the effects of deportation on the individual, families, and the broader community, in order to inform policy and practice recommendations.

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Bike Equity: Can Alternative Transport Become the Great Equalizer?

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Public Policy | Tags:
We must carefully consider urban sustainability measures and account for who most uses sustainable transportation.

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The Concept of Diversity – SCRAs Position

Posted in: History of Community Psychology, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
On February 2, 2018 SCRA’s Executive Committee (EC) motioned to approve and endorse the following document as SCRA’s Position Statement on Diversity, and how the organization will work toward the promotion and enactment of diversity within its organization structures (e.g., committees, councils, interest groups).

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The Role of Science in Social Movements – Winnie Chan

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Winnie Chan joins Natalie to share her new paper entitled “From Moment to Movement: Empowerment and Resilience as a Framework for Collective Action in Hong Kong”.

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