The Strengthening Border Families Research Project is a multi-phase, community based participatory research study being conducted in the New Mexico borderlands. Through this community-based effort, researchers aim to understand the accessibility and quality of services as well as barriers and facilitators to service receipt among immigrant families with young children in Doña Ana County, NM. On this page, you will find a full report, brief, and research briefing recording, detailing the findings and recommendations from the first phase of the research. Data from the second phase is currently being analyzed with results and implications forthcoming.

Strengthening Border Families: Community and Policy Responses to Serving Immigrant Families with Young Children in Doña Ana County, NM

Megan Finno-Velasquez, Sophia Sepp, Anayeli Lopez, and Michelle Salazar Pérez; Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (May 2021)

This report details the results and recommendations of the first phase of a community-based participatory research project which aimed to explore the accessibility and quality of services as well as barriers and facilitators to service receipt among immigrant families with young children in the New Mexico borderlands.

Strengthening Border Families Research Brief

Sophia Sepp, Megan-Finno Velasquez, & Vanessa Mendoza; Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (July 2021)

This brief highlights the findings and recommendations from a community-based participatory research study on the accessibility and quality of community services for immigrant families with young children in Doña Ana County, New Mexico.

Research Briefing on Services for Immigrant Families with Young Children in Doña Ana County

Megan-Finno Velasquez, Center on Immigration and Child Welfare; Margie McHugh, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, Migration Policy Institute (July 2021)

This briefing details the findings from our 2020 Strengthening Border Families study, which identified barriers and facilitators to service receipt among immigrant families with young children in Doña Ana County. We also present preliminary results from a survey of frontline workers serving immigrant families across a variety of community settings. We discussed policy and practice recommendations and next steps for the local community and state of New Mexico. We were joined by guest speaker Margie McHugh from the Migration Policy Institute’s (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, who shared new data about the population of dual language learners (DLLs) in NM and opportunities for improving equity in early childhood policies and programs for children in immigrant families. Margie’s Powerpoint slides are available below, including links to various fact sheets and data sets on DLLs referenced during the briefing.