Areas of Expertise:
immigration | Latino families | immigration law
Leisy J. Abrego is a professor in UCLA's César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies whose research focuses on Central American immigration, Latino families, gender inequalities and the production of “illegality” through U.S. immigration laws.
A member of the first large wave of Salvadoran immigrants who arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, Abrego has examined how immigration and educational policies shape the educational trajectories of undocumented students. Her current scholarship focuses on the day-to-day lives of mixed-status families after the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Abrego is the author of “Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders” (2014) and “Immigrant Families” (2016). She dedicates much of her time to supporting and advocating for refugees and immigrants by writing editorials and pro-bono expert declarations in asylum cases.