Bailey Haraburda | The Catholic University of America, Sociology BA ‘23, MA ‘24
Title of the Research:
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”: The role of Faith-Based Organizations in Immigration
Research Description: This research extends a paper I wrote entitled “Barriers to Mental Health Care Utilization Among American Latinos.” For my research with the Rumi Forum, I plan to focus specifically on immigrants and Faith-Based Organizations (FBO) in the Washington metropolitan area (DMV). Immigrants to the United States face cultural stress, social marginalization, and discrimination that may increase their risk of mental illness. Immigrants also confront numerous barriers to seeking mental health treatment, including financial costs, language differences, cultural values, and religious beliefs. Research has shown that services provided by FBOs can significantly complement traditional mental health care and decrease barriers to treatment. In addition, numerous FBOs in the DMV area focus on assisting immigrants of diverse faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism. This research will also allow me to understand better how FBOs work with immigrants to aid with acculturation and well-being. Finally, I plan to use this research to investigate opportunities and programs for an interfaith dialogue focusing on immigrants’ human rights and welfare.