Central American Kids are Escaping Violence, Why Won’t the U.S. Protect Them?
published in the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration Blog on August 9, 2018

  The separation of Central American families at the border is the latest chapter in the long history of the United States’ refusal to protect those escaping the very conditions caused by its political and economic intervention in the region. Disregarding push factors fueling migration from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala–including gang victimization and homicide rates rivaling those of active war zones–the Trump administration discredits Central Americans’ asylum claims by: eliminating pathways for safe and legal migration; criminalizing unauthorized border crossings by reframing legitimate protections in U.S. law for asylum-seekers and unaccompanied children as so-called “loopholes” that allegedly incentivize migrants to cheat the system; and narrowing the interpretation of the refugee definition in the U.S. asylum process ...


"New book documents lives of unaccompanied minors" Interview in Cornell Chronicle (June 14 2022)

 From the Los Angeles Asylum Office in Anaheim, California you can see the Disneyland parking lot and even some of the rides. But Disneyland’s iconic childhood vacations are out of reach for the minors visiting the office, as sociologist Chiara Galli knows well. For six years while doing an ethnographic study, Galli helped unaccompanied minors from Central America navigate the United States’ labyrinthine asylum process ...