This project proposes to conduct comparative and policy-relevant research on the experiences of and gaps in assistance to migrants in the Washington, DC area (otherwise known as the “DMV” or the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia). We will focus on migrants who are escaping humanitarian crises and violence in their countries of origin, and have arrived in the United States in the last five years.
We are interested in the Hispanic Health Paradox, where health outcomes among Hispanics seem better than demographically expected based on socio-economic status. We are finishing a book entitled The Hispanic Health Paradox: Social Determinants of Health among Latinos. This book investigates the Hispanic Health Paradox by analyzing existing health disparities among Latinos in the majority Mexican-American city of El Paso, Texas, and draws on data gathered with an NIH grant. We will finish the manuscript in May 2021. We have also published several op-eds and a prescient report about health disparities and how El Paso's Hispanic population was highly at risk of dying from COVID-19.
Unaccompanied minors from Central America coming to the border is an increasingly salient topic in the news and media, but little is known about how they fare once they settle in the United States. We are finishing a book entitled Reuniting Families: Central American Minors between Family Separation and Reunification, which catalogs the experiences and narratives of unaccompanied Central American youth settled in the DC area. It follows several individuals from this hard-to-reach population using original data gathered in 2017. We have published op-eds using this data, and we are also working on a book chapter in Spanish on the topic and a journal article on migration and trauma.
We will be analyzing the two waves of the D.C. area survey to look at immigrant/non-immigrant perceptions and interactions in the D.C. metropolitan area.
We invite you to contribute to our Special Issue titled, “Migration and Migration Status: Key Determinants of Health and Well-Being” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Impact Factor: 3.39). We are both migration scholars at American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. serving as co-editors on this Special Issue, which will be open access and subsequently published as a book.
Areas of interest for the Special Issue (non-exhaustive list):
health and social inequities, migrant health, forced migration, immigration/emigration, transnationalism, integration and social inclusion, identity and political inclusion, racism, discrimination, xenophobia, and exclusion, asylum seekers and refugees, climate change and migration, exploitation, trafficking, detention, and deportation, poverty and financial insecurity, trauma, post-migration stress, post-traumatic stress, and mental health, war, violence, and conflict, interpersonal violence and migration, LGBTQ+ identities and migration, social networks, agency/empowerment, resilience, assets, and well-being, labor migration, migrant youth/unaccompanied minors, resettlement and refugees, COVID-19 and migration, HIV/AIDS, other health outcomes, and migration, migration policy and legal status, transnational citizenship, migrants and social determinants of health, transnational families, family separation
Papers representing different disciplines and using a variety of research designs and methodologies are welcome. Original empirical research papers, methodological papers, systematic reviews, and case reports are appropriate. All articles will be peer-reviewed.
If interested, please send us a tentative title, list of co-authors (if any), an un/structured abstract (minimum of 200 words, no maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org