Julia Gómez-Dickson, PhD: Professor, Center for AIDS Intervention Research, Medical College of Wisconsin
“Left Behind: The Effects of Immigration on Salvadoran Children, Families and Communities”
Dr. Gómez-Dickson presented research exploring the macro- and micro-social contexts of crack use and HIV risk in Salvadoran communities affected both by mass emigration to the U.S. and the deportation of immigrants back to El Salvador. Her research utilizes qualitative methods to evaluate network-based HIV prevention interventions for drug users and at-risk women.
Victoria Ojeda, MPH, PhD: Assistant Professor, Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, University of California at San Diego
"Deportation Experiences of Mexican Sex Workers and Drug Users and Implications for U.S.-Based HIV and Drug Use Research"
Using in-depth interviews conducted in Tijuana with 20 male clients of female sex workers (FSWs) recently deported from the U.S., Ojeda's research explores the relationship between deportation and HIV vulnerability. Clients perceived deportation as resulting in social isolation and economic dislocation, which were linked to HIV through drug abuse and sex with FSWs.
Luis H. Zayas, PhD: Dean of the School of Social Work and Centennial Professor in Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin
“From Case to Cause: Protecting Citizen-Children through Practice, Research, and Advocacy”
Dr. Zayas traced how his advocacy work on behalf of U.S. citizen children who have experienced the deportation of a parent has evolved into an exploratory study, funded by NICHD, on the effects of immigration enforcement policies on the mental and psychosocial functioning of young Americans. More information about Dr. Zaya's research can be found here.
Patricia Foxen, PhD: Deputy Director of Research, National Council of La Raza
Jayesh Rathod, JD: Associate Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University