As the Social Worker for Refugee Representation in Washington, D.C., Janine Martinez-Salazar is responsible for collaborating with her colleagues in Houston and New York to develop the social service component of the Refugee Representation team’s work. Janine also leads the effort to assist asylum seekers in the D.C. metro area with finding resources to meet their needs while they navigate the asylum process. In addition, Janine works with various organizations in the community in order to promote supportive social networks for asylum seekers.
Janine is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has extensive experience in direct clinical practice, community outreach, and advocacy in children and family issues. She has worked with newly arrived immigrant families and trauma survivors in various professional settings.
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Janine worked for the District of Columbia Public Schools, fostering relationships with community stakeholders and coordinating promotion efforts for healthy early childhood development in Washington, D.C. Prior to working for the District of Columbia Public Schools, Janine was the Pediatric Clinical Social Worker for Primary Care at Martha Eliot Health Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she did clinical assessments and crisis interventions. In addition, she assisted in the implementation of integrated behavioral health within pediatric primary care.
Janine received her Masters of Social Work from Boston University, as well as her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in French from Northeastern University. She also has a certificate in International Urban Social Work and Human Rights from Munich, Germany, and Berlin, Germany.