Alex McAnarney

Alex is a graduate student at the University of Chicago's Latin American Studies Program. As part of her field research, she lived at a migrant shelter along the Mexico-Guatemala border. Before studying at the University of Chicago, she worked as a Communications Coordinator at the Florida Immigrant Coalition and as an HIV/AIDS Journalist in South Florida. A native of El Salvador and former resident of Mexico City, her work focuses on migration, youth, gangs, and health.

A Very Long Engagement: 400 Years of Sino-Latin American Relations

December 08, 2012

Chinese immigrants have a history in many Latin American countries that vastly predates China’s demand for the region’s resources.  Their presence has been a point of cultural enrichment, as well as social tension. From wandering under the red paper lanterns that decorate the Barrio Chino on Calle Dolores in Mexico...

The Fallacy of Female-Friendly Urban Spaces in Latin America

October 29, 2012

The outlook on sexual violence in Latin America stays grim, despite great efforts in urban planning and law. For the last decade, female-friendly urban planning spiked in Latin America with women-only passenger cars and buses offering its target demographic respite from the not-so-occasional or accidental fondling.

Migrants Caught in the Crosshairs of Violent Cartels and Government Policy

September 12, 2012

Nameless and faceless, migrants traveling through Mexico inhabit the shadowy intersections of drug war violence, government corruption, and poorly designed policy.  The price of winning the drug war includes the nearly 250,000 migrants passing through Mexico each year, a factor which the incoming administration will be forced to address.