Hip Hop Therapy: Culturally Responsive Therapy for Immigrant and Refugee Youth through Art Integration
Currently, most of the United States population has immigrated or been born of immigrant parent(s) making them the new face of American society. Immigrants can be documented immigrants, undocumented immigrants, refugees, unaccompanied refugee minors, and victims of human trafficking. Immigrants, however, are constantly confronted with the lack of access to resources because they wrongly accused of being “undeserving foreigners”. Immigrant and refugee youth experience multiple challenges in their adaption to a new country and culture making them vulnerable. Many studies address the difficulties of marginalized natural born citizens but few addressing how to lessen the strain on the immigrant adolescent. Moreover, there is a lack of program development that addresses acculturation needs, migration stressors, and culturally responsive practices. Hip Hop therapy, specifically for immigrant youth, can unite immigrant youth through shared experiences, educate youth on social activism, and providing a therapeutic outlet for individual development prior to English language acquisition.