According to the American Immigration Council, about 15% of Connecticut residents were born in another country, and 16% of residents are native United States citizens but have at least one parent born in another country. Twenty-three percent of that population, or 120,000, are Undocumented Individuals in Connecticut. Although direct statistics concerning the scope of Undocumented Persons in Hartford are difficult to establish, the colorful image of Park Street and Trinity courses like Hispanic Hartford establish that this city is an important place-making resource for Immigrants, particularly Latine Immigrants. While Connecticut is more progressive than other states, without federal legislative support, many Undocumented People are left out of systems that support their basic human rights. However Undocumented Folx experience a multitude of life crises and have to navigate those issues in light of their status and within other intersections of marginalization like queerness or disability. I sought to investigate how local organizations support Undocumented Folx in need, and highlight what subpopulations of people have limited support. I partnered with Hartford Deportation Defense to construct their website and create an online resource guide of organizations filtered by need-based identifiers. I did extensive outreach to document and analyze Hartford’s established aid networks. Hartford organizers have been thinking thoroughly about the visibility of Undocumented Communities but are limited in language accessibility and funding. The role of established immigrants in these networks is vital as accompaniment and translation services become available and there is more access to resources.
Sharpe, Tiana, "Holistic Resources for Undocumented Persons with Intersectional Identities" (2022). Community Learning Research Fellows. 84.