Sept 18 – “Seeking Asylum in North America” w/ Judge Rico Bartolomei

Thursday, September 18, 2014

12:10 p.m. @ Room 2G

350 Cedar Street Building, California Western School of Law

Judge Rico Bartolomei, the third highest ranking judge in the U.S. Immigration Court, will be the lead off speaker for the twelve annual joint speakers series, co-sponsored by California Western School of Law’s International Legal Studies Program and the Institute of International, Comparative and Area Studies at UC San Diego.  The speakers series title is Seeking Asylum in North America.

For more information, please contact Prof. James Cooper by email or by phone at 619-525-1430. There is ample city and private parking, for more information please click here.

Rico J. BartolomeiDOJ Seal was appointed as an ACIJ in April 2012, based in San Diego. Judge Bartolomei received a bachelor of arts degree in 1983 from the University of Notre Dame and a juris doctorate in 1986 from Georgetown University Law Center. From January 2009 to April 2012, and again from September 1994 to October 2006, Judge Bartolomei served as an immigration judge at the San Diego immigration court. From October 2006 to January 2009, Judge Bartolomei served as an assistant chief immigration judge in San Diego. From 1991 to 1994, he served as a staff attorney for the Board of Immigration Appeals. From 1987 to 1991, he worked as an attorney with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Judge Bartolomei is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bars.

“Is Money Enough” – New Publication from CCIS Research

Adimram Sawyer, who serves on the Education faculty at Bard College, has published a new study in International Migration Review. Using data from the Mexican Migration Field Research Program at CCIS, he compares remittance-receiving families in rural Mexico to non-remittance receiving households in terms of how the presence of this financial source relates to variation in parent educational aspirations for their children and youth enrollment and completion at the non-compulsory upper secondary schooling level. 


Read “Is Money Enough?: The Effect of Migrant Remittances on Parental Aspirations and Youth Educational Attainment in Rural Mexico

Implications of Deportation on Health & Well Being – Sept 10


 Wednesday,September 10, 12:30pm

Biomedical Research Facility, School of Medicine, Conference Room 5A03

*Lunch will be provided

The United States has expelled nearly 2 million persons since 2009.  Relatively little research exists on the potential ramifications of this unprecedented event on health and well being.  This talk will highlight notable findings relating to understanding deportation in the context of the northern US-Mexico border and southern Mexico-Guatemala border regions. Research is being conducted by three leading researchers in the field of migration and health and it features the potential health vulnerabilities that deported migrants may experience in the context of converging social forces including drug trafficking, sex tourism and poverty.


ojedaVictoria Ojeda is an Associate Professor in the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine at UCSD. She conducts qualitative and quantitative research on substance use, HIV/AIDS, and mental health issues, with a focus on Latino deportees, and injection drug users.


kim brouwerKimberly Brouwer is an Associate Professor in the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine at UCSD.  She researches the spatial and molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, studying the dynamic between the host and environment, and how this relates to susceptibility to and spread of infections.



shura goldenbergShira Goldenberg is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative of the Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the Division of AIDS in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She conducts qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research on social and structural factors shaping HIV/STI risk among mobile, vulnerable populations in Canada and Latin America.


For arrangementsto accommodate a disability, contact theOffice for Students with Disabilities at or (858)534-9709(TTY).

New Data on Unaccompanied Minors Shows Decreasing Trend

By Tom K. Wong, Ph.D., @twong002

New data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the number of unaccompanied minors coming to the U.S. shows a decreasing trend.

As of June 30, 2014, 56,547 unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico were apprehended at the Southwest border. This represents a monthly average of 6,283 for FY 2014. In July, 5,034 children were apprehended at the border. This represents a decrease of -19.9% in the average monthly intake.

Focusing only on the three Central American countries—El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala—that account for the bulk of the recent increase in unaccompanied minors also shows a decrease. As of June 30, 2014, 43,933 unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala were apprehended at the Southwest border. This represents a monthly average of 4,881 for FY 2014. In July, 3,973 children from these three countries were apprehended at the border. This represents a decrease of -18.6%.

Looking more closely at the data, we see that the monthly inflow of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador (-12.7%), Guatemala (-43.6%), and Mexico (-24.3%) have decreased, while the monthly inflow of unaccompanied minors from Honduras has increased (+5.2%).

While these data are encouraging, the general decrease in the number of unaccompanied children coming to the Southwest border does not necessarily mean that there will not be another spike. Specifically, annual apprehensions data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows a general overall decrease in apprehensions at the Southwest border during the summer months.