Hispanics and Latinos in Drug Courts: Cultural Strategies to Enhance and Sustain Recovery


Hispanics and Latinos in Drug Courts: Cultural Strategies to Enhance and Sustain Recovery

Court Type: 
Drug Court
Training Format: 
Friday, May 5, 2017

The rates of incarceration for low level crimes committed by Hispanic and Latino drug offenders in the US are staggering. One in four federal prison inmates is a Latino. In four states, Latino youth under the age of 18 are incarcerated at adult facilities at rates between 7 and 17 times greater than those of Caucasian youths. Practitioners in drug courts deal with Hispanic male ‘machismo attitudes’ and distrust of the ‘system,’ or that young Latinas have high rates of trauma not always recognized and addressed. 

This webinar will provide a review of the scope of the problem that varies throughout the states and how cultural humility principles can be integrated to work with participants' cultural perspectives to support and sustain their recovery process.  To provide practitioners with culturally informed processes that can augment their skill sets and consequently outcomes for Hispanic and Latino drug court participants, this webinar will cover:

  • How Hispanic and Latino culture is layered within behavior
  • Major components of cultural humility as a process for practice
  • Effective strategies currently used in drug courts with Hispanic and Latino participants

Presenters: Diana Padilla, Program Manager for NDRI and a Senior Staff Trainer at the Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and Joseph R. Madonia, former Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court and current Clinical Associate Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work

Juvenile Programs Office at American University
Funding Source: 
National Drug Court Reource Center