Latinas may be unlikely to report violent crime, particularly when undocumented. This research examines the impact of fear of deportation and trust in the procedural fairness of the justice system on willingness to report violent crime victimization among a sample of Latinas (N = 1,049) in the United States. Fear of deportation was a significant predictor of Latinas perceptions of the procedural fairness of the criminal justice system. However, trust in the police is more important than fear of deportation in Latinas’ willingness to report violent crime victimization. Social workers can provide rights-based education and encourage relationship building between police and Latino communities.
- Latinas’ Perception Of Law Enforcement: Fear Of Deportation, Crime Reporting And Trust In The System
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Messing, Jill Theresa, Androff, David K., Ward-Lasher, Allison, & Becerra, David. (2015). Latinas' perceptions of law enforcement: Fear of deportation, crime reporting, and trust in the system. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 30(3), 328-340.