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Dr Cecilia Menjívar

Department of Sociology, UCLA

Cecilia Menjívar, Professor of Sociology at UCLA, only accepts Country of Origin Information cases of women asylum seekers coming from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to the US. Dr Menjívar specializes in immigration, gender, family dynamics, social networks, gender violence, and religious institutions and she is interested in two main empirical areas: the impacts of the legal regime and laws on immigrants, and the effects of living in contexts of multi-sided violence on individuals, especially women. Her work on gender-based violence is centered on Central America. Dr Menjívar has published on Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; among her publications, Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America (California, 2000), Enduring Violence: Ladina Women’s Lives in Guatemala (California, 2011), Immigrant Families (Polity 2016), and co-editor of Constructing Illegal Immigration: Critiques, Experiences, and Responses Cambridge, 2014), Deportation and Return in a Border-Restricted World: Experiences in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (2017); and The Oxford Handbook of Migration Crises (Oxford, 2019).

Please note that she only accepts cases of gender-based violence against women from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador seeking asylum in the U.S., and only pro bono cases from non-profit law community organizations or law clinics.

 Ms Elizabeth G. Kennedy



Elizabeth G. Kennedy, Ph.D. candidate, Geography, San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, MSc. University of Oxford. She has lived, worked and conducted research with Spanish-speaking communities for 13 years. Since beginning her doctoral program in 2011, she has published frequently in academic and popular presses. Journalists from numerous English-, French- and Spanish-language print, radio and television media have consulted her as an expert, and she provides expert testimony in Central American asylum seekers’ cases in Canada, Sweden, the UK and US. She focuses on the experiences and needs of child, youth and forced migrants.

Dr Brent Metz


Brent E Metz, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Kansas. His research focuses on the changing quality of life and the politics of identity among impoverished Ch’orti’-Maya subsistence farmers in eastern Guatemala and western Honduras, and mestizos in the former Ch’orti’-speaking area of northwestern El Salvador. He is a co-founder of the Lawrence Centro Hispano, an applied field school in Honduras, and also of an Engineers Without Borders professional chapter, involving development in the broadest sense, including identity, consciousness raising, technology, health, and political participation. Besides his Mayan research, he has undertaken ethnographic research among Mexican-American migrant farmworkers in Michigan, on religious festivals in Seville, Spain, and of agrochemical practices among Costa Rican coffee farmers.

Dr Harry E. Vanden


Dr Vanden is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa. He holds a Ph.D., Polit­ical Science with a minor concentration in Latin American Studies from The New School for Social Research, New York, an M.A in Political Science and a graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, a International Affairs, minor in Spanish from Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania and a “Diploma” from the Universidad Computense de Madrid, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Madrid, España (New York University Junior Year in Spain). He has written and researched extensively on Central America political conditions and Central American Gang Activity. He has also carried out election observation in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Mozambique. He has acted as an expert Witness on country conditions in U.S. Immigration, Federal and State Courts in the areas of general political and social conditions, gangs and gang victimization in Central America, status of homosexuals and domestic violence. His most recent published books include: Social Movements and Leftists Governments in Latin America. London: Zed Press, 2012, Gary Prevost, Carlos Oliva and Harry E. Vanden, eds.; José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology of His Writings. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011, translated and edited by Harry E. Vanden and Marc Becker; Latin America: An Introduction. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011,Gary Prevost and Harry E. Vanden; Politics of Latin America: The Power Game. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 4th edition (further revised with additional new chapter on U.S.- Latin American Relations ), 2012, Harry E. Vanden and Gary Prevost; Latin American Social Movements in the Twenty-First Century, Resistance, Power, and Democracy, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, Richard Stahler-Sholk, Harry E. Vanden and Glen Kuecker, eds (Chosen as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 2009) and Inter-American Relations in an Era of Globalization. Beyond Unilaterialism? Whitby, Ontario: de Sitter Publications, 2007, Jorge Nef. and Harry E. Vanden, eds.

Dr Joseph Wiltberger


Dr Wiltberger is a cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge. His research focuses on the political, social, and economic conditions and driving forces of migration to the United States of Central Americans. He has conducted extensive field research in El Salvador, and he has carried out field research examining the situation of Central American migrants in transit in Mexico, on the U.S./Mexico border, and in the United States. He continues to maintain an active research agenda in Central America. He is currently working on research that examines the situation of asylum-seekers fleeing gang-related violence in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Dr Wiltberger has authored several academic publications, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Inter-American Foundation, among other sources. He has served as an expert witness on the asylum cases of youth, women, families, and others fleeing violence in El Salvador and elsewhere in the Northern Triangle region.