Bias Victimization and Help-Seeking among Latino Adults

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February 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Hate crimes and bias victimizations are often underreported. Similarly, the victimization experiences of Latino individuals are highly understudied. Given the current socio-political climate in the United States, it is even more important to understand the intersection of bias victimization and minority populations, as well as the degree to which these forms of violence are reported to formal and informal resources.

Join researchers from the Violence and Justice Research Laboratory at Northeastern University as they talk about results of their study the examined hate crime and bias victimization among Latino adults. Their findings suggest that rates of victimization are higher than what may be indicated by official report statistics or national level surveys. In addition, disclosure to formal help-seeking resources are notably low and variation in help-seeking may exist across gender, immigration status, and crime type. Understanding these trends is crucial in developing appropriate services for bias crime victims, and particularly for those victims from the Latino population.


Webinar Presenter

Carlos A. Cuevas, Ph.D. is a Professor and Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Laboratory at Northeastern University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Cuevas’s research is in the area of victimization and trauma, sexual violence, family violence, and the overlap between victimization and delinquency. Specifically, his work focuses examining victimization among Latinos and how it relates to psychological distress, service utilization, and the role cultural factors play on victimization. His most recent NIJ-funded research examines the scope and impact of bias crime against Latinos. As a clinical psychologist he also provides assessment and treatment to trauma survivors and victims of violence.

Amy Farrell, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Dr. Farrell co-directs the Violence and Justice Research Laboratory at Northeastern University and is a principal scientist at the Northeastern Public Evaluation Lab (NU-PEL). Dr. Farrell has twenty years of experience leading research and evaluation work to understand effective responses to crime and victimization.

Jesenia Robles, B.A. is a former McNair Scholar and current doctoral student and research assistant in the Violence and Justice Research Laboratory at Northeastern University. Her primary research interests lies in the intersection between marginalized communities and the criminal justice system. Jesenia’s current work is focused on bias victimization against Latinos.