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Paulina Olvera Cáñez

Paulina has a degree in International Relations from the Autonomous University of Baja California, UABC. In 2019, she received the San Diego Fellowship, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her research examines the experiences of Haitian and African migrants in Baja California, their access to rights, and institutional racism. She has worked as a Graduate Student Researcher in the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, in the study “Children of Mexican Parents Deported from the United States: Policy, Administrative Process, and Family Experiences”. Paulina has been awarded with UCSD’s Interdisciplinary  Collaboratories Fellowship and is currently working in the research project “Educational Continuity for Migrant Students at the U.S.-Mexican Border”.

Paulina is the founder and Executive Director of Espacio Migrante, a binational community organization based in Tijuana, which works with migrant communities to provide access to education, Human Rights, comprehensive care and at the same time raise awareness in the community about the realities of migrants. Espacio Migrante has a shelter for migrant families, as well as a cultural and community center where migrants living in Tijuana can participate in community activities, educational programs, cultural events, and health and legal services.