families and youth

A research working group has just been initiated to map Latino families. What do families look like regionally and generationally? Are there discernable national origin and ancestry differences? What are the special needs of young people? What impact have immigration policies had on Latino families?

See below for our featured reports and scroll down for more helpful links. Contact cbrito2@uic.edu for questions and information on IUPLR research on Families and Youth.

A Demographic Portrait of the Mexican-Origin Population in Nebraska
Author: Lissette Aliaga Linares
Date: September 2014

A study released from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) chronicles the current state of Mexican-origin residents of Nebraska, finding that while the numbers of immigrants moving into Nebraska has slowed in recent years, the population continues to grow and become more a part of the state’s demographic makeup.
The study, which was also funded in part by the Sherwood Foundation, examined more than a century of census data from the United States, finding that the more than 140,000 Mexican-origin residents in Nebraska as of 2012 has rapidly increased since 1910 when there were less than 300 Mexicans living across the state.  



Dominican Women across Three Generations: Educational Dreams, Goals and Hopes
Author: Soy, Rosie M. and Stefan Bosworth
Date: 2008

This study explores the struggle of Dominican women to access formal education and the impact of such access in their lives and on their own perceptions of their experiences. The essay captures the voices of female members of three generations of Dominican immigrant families in New York City.


The Country I Call Home: Stories of Growing Up a Citizen in Every Way but One
Author: Emma Sepúlveda and Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez
Date: 2015

The Country I Call Home: Stories of Growing Up a Citizen in Every Way but One ---showcases forty-one first person essays of undocumented youth known as DREAMers, tied together by the chapters of two immigrants' rights advocates: Dr. Emma Sepúlveda Pulvirenti and Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez. Their voices coalesce in The Country I Call Home to form an inspiring series of narratives about the lives of undocumented and immigrant students in the U.S. from all around the world.

Currently on sale. For more information visit http://www.unr.edu/latinocenter/publications.html