Crime Victimization and Police Treatment of Undocumented Migrant Workers in Palisades Park, NJ, 2011-2012 (ICPSR 35087)

Principal Investigator(s): Sung, Hung-En, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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This exploratory study used the case of Palisades Park, New Jersey, to examine five problem areas: the political economy of migrant labor, prevalence and patterns of criminal victimization against undocumented migrant workers (UMWs), prevalence and patterns of violence against women among UMWs, police-migrant interactions, and criminal offending of UMWs. Data collection efforts were concentrated on the recruitment and survey of 160 male day laborers and 120 female migrant workers in face-to-face interviews. Additional data from focus group and key informant interviews were gathered to provide in-depth information on specific concerns and issues.

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Citation

Sung, Hung-En. Crime Victimization and Police Treatment of Undocumented Migrant Workers in Palisades Park, NJ, 2011-2012. ICPSR35087-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-03-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35087.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35087.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (2010-IJ-CX-0005)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    illegal immigrants, immigrants, migrant workers, police, sexual assault, victimization

Geographic Coverage:    New Jersey, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2011-01--2013-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 2011-05--2012-07

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Undocumented migrant workers age 18 or over from Central America in Bergen County, NJ.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed.

The qualitative data are not available as part of this data collection at this time.

Methodology

Study Purpose:    This exploratory study sought to examine the convergence of social exclusion, legal marginalization, and crime on undocumented migrant workers (UMWs). UMWs are low-wage laborers performing manual labor in the agriculture, construction, and retail sectors without valid employer-sponsored visas. Specifically using the case of Palisades Park, New Jersey, the purpose of this study was to examine five problem areas: the political economy of migrant labor, prevalence and patterns of criminal victimization against UMWs, prevalence and patterns of violence against women, police-migrant interactions, and criminal offending of UMW's.

Study Design:   

A prospective design using mixed methodology was adopted for this study. The mixed methods study design included survey data generated from a non-random sample, focus groups, and key informant interview in Palisades Park, New Jersey. The study used both convenience and snowball sampling techniques to recruit 160 male day laborers and a 120 female undocumented workers for the initial survey.

A random sub-sample of 11 males and 7 females was recruited to take part in four separate focus groups.

In the final portion of the mixed methodological design written interviews were conducted with four key informants. Their narratives provided input for a situation analysis of basic issues and were used in conjunction with survey and focus group data to clarify the concerns and needs that were identified.

Sample:   

Both convenience and snowballing sampling methods were used to build this non-probability sample. Self-reported criteria for recruitment were: (a) aged 18 or over, (b) born in a Latin American country, (c) having entered US through land routes, and (d) remaining undocumented at the time of recruitment. Each study participant was given 30 dollars for completing a survey and given three uniquely numbered referral coupons with contact information of the principal investigator. Subjects were encouraged to refer eligible day laborers to the study and paid an extra 10 dollars for every successful referral they made. This sampling design generated a sample of 160 male day laborers and a 120 female undocumented workers.

From the total sample of 280 a random sample of 11 males and 7 females was recruited to take part in four separate focus groups. Participants were given 30 dollars to participate in a focus group interview. Lastly, written interviews were conducted with 4 key informants.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    Not Applicable

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, mixed mode, paper and pencil interview (PAPI), on-site questionnaire

Description of Variables:    The survey questionnaire consisted of 104 master questions and 127 follow-up questions partly derived from the Spanish version of the National Crime Victim Survey (NCVS) designed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. A few self-report items of criminal behaviors were adopted from the widely used self-report delinquency scale incorporated in the National Youth Survey series. In addition to these questions this study also incorporated questions revolving around contacts with the police from the Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS). A subset of 4 questions were taken from the Primary Care Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PC-PTSD) Screen. Finally 8 items from the Woman Abuse Screening Tool (WAST) were used to gauge the extent of intimate partner violence among women UMWs.

Response Rates:    Not Applicable

Presence of Common Scales:   

  • Primary Care Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PC-PTSD) Screen
  • Woman Abuse Screening Tool (WAST)
  • National Survey of Youth self-report delinquency scale
  • Police-Public Contact Survey questions

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Original ICPSR Release:   2017-03-03

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