Crisis at the U.S./Mexico Border

Tents and laundry of asylum seekers at the US Mexico border
Laundry hangs to dry against the backdrop of asylum seekers' tents in Matamoros, Mexico.

Immigration policy under the Trump administration caused tens of thousands of asylum seekers to wait for their court proceeding under horrific conditions in Mexico. More recently, while most Trump-era policies have been rolled back, thousands of migrants still arrive at the US/Mexico border and unaccompanied minors are filling detention centers in the US.

This theme aims to provide research and policy expertise to support children and families arriving at the US-Mexico border. UVA Global Policy Center faculty Lucy Bassett is working with Project Adelante and community partners to address these challenges.

The Team

Faculty, Staff and Students

Our core faculty and staff oversee the Global Policy Center and promote research and education within the humanitarian sector.

Border Stories

Student Stories
Telling the Whole Story: Batten Students Tackle the Border Crisis from a New Angle

In her class on the U.S./Mexico border, Professor Lucy Bassett introduced a storytelling project to help students explore the human consequences of immigration policy.

Life on the Border for Families and Children
This qualitative research study describes the experience of children and families in a tent encampment in Matamoros, Mexico and recommends strategies to support women, children and families living in this camp and elsewhere along the border.