An exploration of service providers’ experiences with Latinos convicted of a sex offense

Silvia Fraga Dominguez, Elizabeth L. Jeglic*, Kenny Gonzalez, Daryella Escobar

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Abstract

Despite the growing Latino presence in the U.S. criminal justice system and among those who have committed sex offenses specifically, little is known about the barriers and challenges faced by this population when accessing treatment services. This study sought to gather more information about responsivity factors that may be specific to Latinos who have committed sexual offenses. Service providers who worked with Latinos convicted of sexual offenses completed an online survey and answered questions regarding perceived challenges and barriers they encountered when working with Latino clients and were asked to provide recommendations concerning services and treatment provision. Service providers frequently reported issues related to a lack of culturally sensitive services, bilingual professionals, and clients’ limited knowledge about the U.S. legal system. Among service providers with experience working with undocumented Latino immigrants, some indicated specific challenges such as stressors related to their immigration status and a lack of resources. Professionals’ recommendations were consistent with the challenges reported and findings are discussed as they pertain to responsivity issues in the provision of treatment services to Latino individuals who have committed sexual offenses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-777
Number of pages23
JournalSexual Abuse
Volume32
Issue number7
Early online date4 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Latinos, sex offenses, service providers, barriers

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