Since 2006, Dawn McCarty has lived and conducted research on both sides of the US-Mexico border, studying the contributing factors and outcomes of unauthorized immigration to the United States. Currently, her work and research are focused on the conditions and experiences of migrant persons now arriving and resettling in Houston, and on the development of an innovative professional practice and teaching perspective focused on Solidarity and modeling equality.

In addition to her work as Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program at the University of Houston-Downtown, Dawn lives part-time in community as a Catholic Worker at Casa Juan Diego where she works directly with Houston’s asylum seeking, refugee, and new arrival communities.​ Her book, Solidarity Social Work Practice: Serving New Immigrant Populations (2019) published by Kendall Hunt is based on ten years of direct social work practice, and four years of qualitative data collection to document the lives of migrant persons from around the world.

social work

I am a Professor and Director of the Social Work Program at the University of Houston – Downtown.

solidarity social work
in action

Visit Casa Juan Diego online or contact me for more information about volunteering or making a donation.

Speaking and Teaching Engagements

I am a highly experienced and engaging speaker and teacher in small groups and large. Any honorarium is donated to Casa Juan Diego.