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How do you create a better asylum policy? | Washington Post Analysis

(Column written by UCLA’s Margaret Peters) The ability to work would mean asylum seekers and their families could get income to rebuild their lives and rely less on the welfare system. Work also helps with integration. Research shows that the workplace is where adult immigrants interact with natives, which helps them learn the language and the culture and make friends. Whether in North America or Europe, immigrants with few skills, like many asylum seekers from Central America or Syria, do not lower wages of even the least-skilled natives.

Movement to ban gay conversion therapy gains momentum | U.S. News & World Report

According to a 2018 study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, talk therapy is most commonly used for conversion therapy, but some practitioners have also used aversion treatments, which can include inducing nausea, or administering electric shocks…. The UCLA authors note that approximately 350,000 LGBTQ adults in the U.S. received conversion therapy as adolescents.

Reassessing California’s overdue earthquake tab | Eos

In 2014, University of California, Los Angeles geophysicist David Jackson presented a talk at a Seismological Society of America conference cleverly titled “Did Somebody Forget to Pay the Earthquake Bill?,” which called attention to the lack of major seismic activity at paleoseismic sites around California. At the time, Jackson suggested that the gap could be a normal statistical occurrence if paleoseismologists had systematically overestimated the number of past earthquakes.

Women sexually abused by nuns speak up | HuffPost

Lara Stemple, director of the health and human rights law project at the UCLA School of Law, has studied female perpetrators of sexual violence. Stemple said it’s highly likely that sex crimes committed by female offenders are underreported. Stemple said a better picture of the prevalence of female sex offenders comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, which is collected through phone interviews with victims across the country. Stemple and her colleagues analyzed the 2011 data and found that men and women were equally likely to report experiencing nonconsensual sex in the previous 12 months, and that most male victims reported female perpetrators.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection underlines Israel’s apartheid reality | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Saree Makdisi) When you add to these shameful figures the millions of registered Palestinian refugees living outside Israel and the occupied territories, in enforced exile solely because Israel refuses to allow them to return home, the reality becomes even more stark: Israel’s elections, far from being legitimately democratic, are in fact a manifestation of minority rule. Millions of disenfranchised Palestinians have no say over the structures and patterns of their everyday lives.

As demand for mental health services grows, colleges give students new tools | Education Dive

“We hope that by giving students tools and skills ... they can take care of some of their psychological, emotional and mental health needs themselves,” said Allyson Pimentel, Mindful UCLA's program director. “It’s sort of like fluoridated water. By sharing these tools, strategies and skills, students can (protect) themselves to a certain degree against some of the inevitable difficulties they’ll encounter in the course of their college careers.”

How much has rent increased in big cities? | Mother Jones

Exhibit A is a report out of UCLA from a few years ago. It’s typical of the reports you see on this subject, and it’s billed as showing that rent burdens have increased substantially in Los Angeles since 1970. If you do a little arithmetic, this chart shows that, relative to income, rents in L.A. increased about 80 percent between 1970 and 2010. However, they also show that rents nationally increased about 80 percent too.

L.A. schools chief Austin Beutner says no major restructuring is in the works | Los Angeles Times

UCLA education professor Tyrone Howard said he was encouraged that was not the case. “School districts have to learn how to stay the course on some of what they know is working, and not just start from scratch every two to four years,” Howard said. “That does not help students. Consistent leadership that is moving in the right direction does.” As far as the regrouping of schools, Howard said, “the devil is in the details.”

New DHS director faces wave of migrants without solution in sight | Efe

In the eyes of UCLA researcher and political scientist Octavio Pescador, McAleenan’s task is nearly impossible. “One can’t ask for a utopia. There is a need to be pragmatic and understand that hunger and threats to human life will feed into a sense of hope, no matter how small it is,” says Pescador. He assures that this is the reason that measures taken by the last two administrations have failed…. “Even if you provide a lot of money, it isn’t enough. There are many necessities. There’s a need to combat crime, bring security and employment to the region, and that is very expensive,” he insists. (Translated from Spanish)

Anti-immigrant political discourse can hurt immigrant health | Seattle Globalist

“We know that deportations and family separations at the border are incredibly disruptive and traumatic to youth and their families,” [UCLA’s Laura] Wray-Lake told The Huffington Post last year. “The detrimental impacts of family separations on child development and family systems are serious and long-lasting. What we’re also coming to understand is that even for youth and families who are not directly threatened by these deportation or family separation policies, the policy climate is creating a more hostile and unsafe environment.”