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UIC: MPH Student Fieldwork Document Migrant Safety Risks

In May 2019, attempts to migrate to the United States peaked at the country’s southwestern border with more than 144,000 people apprehended or deemed inadmissible.  About 80 percent of apprehensions in 2019 represented non-Mexican migrants, the fourth consecutive year non-Mexican migrants outnumbered Mexican emigres.

Ms. Sara Izquierdo, MPH in Community Health Sciences student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, traveled to Cuernavaca, Mexico in the summer of 2019 to conduct qualitative research on the experiences of violence and sexual violence migrants endured during transit through Mexico.  Her research and analysis represented her global applied practice experience, as part of the global health concentration at the School.

“In order to represent a population such as a migrant population, you have to be well-versed in your politics and social justice,” Ms. Izquierdo said.  “Being able to work with this population, to help protect them or help them protect themselves, is extremely fulfilling.”

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