Sep 29 2014

Sacrificing Families: U.S. Policies and the Displacement of Central Americans

September 29, 2014

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM



During the summer of 2014 mainstream media in the United States covered the ongoing plight of Central Ametican children's unauthorized migration. Based on interviews with 130 members of Salvadoran transnational families, this talk will shed light on the U.S. policies that create the need for migration from the region. Why do parents and children migrate separately? What are their experiences of long-term separation? The presentation will explore the reality of these families' daily living anangements, while delving deeper to expose the structural context that creates and sustains patterns of inequality in their well-being.

About the author

Leisy J. Abrego is Assistant Professor in the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA. As a sociologist, she studies families, Central American migration, and Latino immigrants' lived experiences of U.S. immigration laws. Her book, Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders (Stanford University Press), examines the economic and emotional well-being of immigrants and their families-both in the U.S. and in the home country-as these are shaped by immigration policies and gendered expectations. She conducts research on the well-being of mixed status Latino families and undocumented youth.


Marta E. Ayala

Date posted

Aug 13, 2018

Date updated

Aug 13, 2018