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Gabriella Sanchez

Collaborative on Global Children's Issues

Gabriella Sanchez is a border control and migration enforcement scholar. Trained as a sociocultural anthropologist, she has written extensively about migration-related crimes, particularly migrant smuggling and human trafficking, drawing from her direct work with migrant communities in the Americas, North Africa, and Europe. She lives on the U.S.-Mexico border and earned a Ph.D. from Arizona State University. As a 2022-2024 Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues research fellow, Sanchez will develop a training model on ethical engagement and research with vulnerable children and youth. Through practical exercises based on participatory research methods, group and personal reflections, along with interactions with members of migrant and refugee communities themselves, the training will provide students and professionals with basic but practical tools to conduct field research in ways that avoid the reproduction of inequality and the reinforcement of discriminatory practices often found in research.

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