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Gender, Psychology, and JusticeThe Mental Health of Women and Girls in the Legal System$
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Corinne C. Datchi and Julie R. Ancis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479819850

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.001.0001

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Undocumented Mexican Women in the U.S. Justice System

Undocumented Mexican Women in the U.S. Justice System

Immigration, Illegality, and Law Enforcement

Chapter:
(p.254) 10 Undocumented Mexican Women in the U.S. Justice System
Source:
Gender, Psychology, and Justice
Author(s):

Anna Ochoa O’leary

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.003.0011

This chapter highlights the experiences of repatriated undocumented immigrant women in several arenas of the U.S. justice system. As efforts to identify and remove immigrants from the country intensify, undocumented immigrant women increasingly come into contact with law enforcement officials, prosecutors, detention facilities, lawyers, and judges, primarily through those enforcing U.S. immigration laws. This chapter gives voice to the concerns of immigrant women who have experienced the unjustifiably harsh practices of the U.S. justice system. At issue are the ways in which unsubstantiated assumptions and social constructs about immigrants work to influence the attitudes and practices of those responsible for upholding the rule of law. This chapter also discusses the possible long-term psychological impact of legal practices on immigrant women, and offers strategies that might improve the integration of psychological principles into justice interventions to reduce harm.

Keywords:   undocumented immigrant, women, U.S. justice system, immigration laws, Mexican

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