The Many Faces of Immigration

April 25, 2014
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Parlor Room
NYU Silver School of Social Work
New York, NY 10003

keynote presentation

Dr. Olatunde Olusesi currently combines his Administrative Staff Analyst/social work internship program coordinator position at NYC Administration for Children’s Services with adjunct teaching positions at both NYU’s Silver School of Social Work and Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare, where he teaches social welfare policies and programs and advanced social work micro practice, respectively. His Ph.D. dissertation topic is on causal beliefs about mental illness and marital instability and help-seeking preferences of Nigerian immigrants. His most recent publication is a book chapter titled “Self Actualization by Proxy: An African Immigrant’s Views on Obama’s Apotheosis.”

Panel Presentations

Alla Bazay, LCSW-R, was trained as a clinical psychologist in Ukraine before coming to the USA. She graduated from the NYU School of Social Work. Currently she is a Clinic Manager at the FEGS Health and Human Services System Brooklyn Resource Center. Ms. Bazay has presented at the Russian American Health Coalition conference “ Healthcare in the Russian-Speaking Community: Opportunities and Challenges”, as well as presented for the NY State Office of Mental Health Suicide Prevention, Education and Awareness Program and DOHMH/DFTA symposium “Prepare to respond to the Emotional Needs of Older Adults in Times of Disaster”.

Maria Monica Andia is a senior at the Silver School of Social Work. She is double majoring in Social Work and Social & Cultural Analysis, concentrating in Latino Studies. Andia is one of the founders of the DREAM Team @ NYU, a student organization that advocates for the educational rights of undocumented students. She is passionate about immigrant rights, anti-oppressive social work practice, community organizing, and social justice education. This year Andia is completing her field placement at Make the Road New York.

Carolien Hardenbol has been the Co-Director of the Immigration Intervention Project at Sanctuary for Families since 2002 where she is responsible for the provision of immigration legal services to immigrant victims of domestic, other forms of gender based violence, and sex trafficking. Under Carolien’s leadership, the Project has grown from two staff members to a group of seventeen dedicated and commited lawyers and paralegals. At any given time, Carolien is responsible for a project with active and pending cases on behalf of well over 1,000 immigrant survivors. Carolien has built a highly effective collaborative client-centered services model, building bridges between some of the our poorest and most marginalized members of society and an ever growing group of committed probono attorneys. Strongly believing in empowerment through information and education, Carolien frequently speaks at forums for mental health professionals, lawyers, advocates, and legislators, and takes particular pride when training community members and survivors on immigration law and specific remedies available to survivors of domestic and other forms of gender violence and sex trafficking.

Prior to coming to the United States, Carolien worked as a corporate counsel in the international offshore industry, traveling extensively. A native of the Netherlands, she received her academic legal training there at the University of Leiden School of Law and also studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Carolien speaks five languages, including French and Spanish.

Dr. Muhammad Waseem completed his pediatric residency training at Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center Bronx New York in 1997. During his training, he became interested in the acute care of severely injured and critically ill children. He completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in 2001. In 2011, Dr. Waseem received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Investigation at Cornell University. In 2013, he received an additional Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research. He is an active member and Vice Chair of the Intuitional Review Board at Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center. My research interest lies in the areas of bullying, violence, and psychosocial problems.


Through the perspectives of adults and children, physicians, social workers and attorneys, The Many Faces of Immigration will seek to provide a learning environment for social workers and related professionals to consider the ways in which immigration impacts the community and the lived experiences of individuals, families in the home, workplace, school. Issues in the justice and health care systems and economic impact will also be explored in this dynamic and highly interactive seminar.

Learning goals

  • Increased understanding of the scope of diversity in the immigrant population in the Greater New York City area;
  • Enhanced awareness of different values presented by differing cultural and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Improved ability to identify and help clients overcome barriers to both access to and provision of services to immigrants; and
  • Increased knowledge about resources for services for immigrant groups in the Greater NYC area.


9:00 – 9:10 am Welcome and Introductions
9:10 – 10:10 am

Keynote Presentation

"Servicing Strangers in Sweltering Paradise: Challenges Confronting Newest Immigrants in the US and What Social Workers Must Do About Them"

Olatunde Olusesi, PhD, LCSW, Adjunct Faculty, NYU Silver School of Social Work; Internship Program Coordinator, NYC Administration for Children’s Services

10:10 – 10:30 am Q&A and Audience Discussion
10:30 – 10:40 am Break
10:40 – 11:00 am

Featured Presentation

“Crossing Frontiers: Empowering Immigrants through Social Work Practice”

Beth Silverman Yam, DSW, LCSW, Clinical Director, Sanctuary for Families; Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work

11:00 am – 12:20 pm

Panel Presentations

“From Social Work to Social Action: Undocumented Youth Movement, Community Organizing, and Activism”

Maria-Monica Andia, BSW 2014, Student and Founder of Dream Team, NYU Silver School of Social Work     


“Mental Health Issues in the Russian-Speaking Community”

Alla Bazay, LCSW-R, Clinical Manager, Brooklyn Resource Center, FEGS Health and Human Services System


“Opening our Eyes and Ears (and Hearts): How to Best Help Abused Immigrants Formalize their Status in the United States”

Carolien Hardenbol, JD-Equivalent, Co-Director, Immigration Intervention Project Sanctuary for Families


Muhammad Waseem, MD, MS, Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

12:20 – 1:00 pm Q&A and Audience Discussion