The Mexican Migration Field Research Program

Cutting-edge community action research by students at UCSD

Meet our 2022-2023 student team!

Our Work

Community action research at the US-Mexico border

We work hand-in-hand with immigration advocates to design and carry out original research. Our current focus is the human rights of asylum seekers stuck at the US-Mexico border and in immigration detention.

We co-design all projects with our NGO partners to directly inform immigration advocacy in the San Diego-Tijuana border region.

Our partners include: Al Otro Lado, Innovation Law Lab, Espacio Migrante, and the Templo Embajadores de Jesus immigrant shelter.

The Program

Training the next generation of immigration leaders

90% of our students are first-generation Latinx college students.

Students apply in a competitive process and spend a year on the research team. They learn to conduct rigorous, team-based, and trauma-informed fieldwork. They gather original data, analyze it, and then report back to partners and lawmakers. Together, we:

  • Produce cutting-edge research on migration and forced displacement, using binational, collaborative fieldwork
  • Train the next generation of US immigration leaders, giving them expertise on international migration and skills in data collection and analysis.
  • Disseminate findings through scholarly publications, web reports and briefings for public officials and the media

Get Involved


Current UCSD graduate and undergraduate students can apply to join our year-long program and become part of an international network of immigration change-makers.

Contributions to OUR PARTNERS support the immediate human rights of asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border

Contributions to THE MMFRP help train low-income Latinx students as leaders in immigration and produce cutting-edge research on pressing issues in immigration.

Contact Us

Message us for more information about our program or possible collaboration.