CURRENT PROJECTS: Undocumented Youth in the United States

My current work focuses on the experiences of “1.5 generation undocumented youth,” by which I mean young persons who arrived to the U.S. as children and who grew up here without lawful status. I am collaborating with scholars, graduate students, and community service organizations to examine the lives of these young persons and develop applied psychological knowledge to improve their circumstances.

My primary project draws upon ethnographic as well as participatory action research methods to study the immigration context in the United States and understand how undocumented young people navigate varying circumstances to build meaningful lives. The goal of this work is to build psychological knowledge about these young people's experiences and produce a website that communicates their experiences to others in similar conditions (undocumentedwisdom.com).

If you are between 18 and 35 years of age, live in the United States, and either are undocumented or have parents who are, please write to me at basia.ellis@csus.edu to take part in an in-person or Skype interview that will help build this website. I will explain how the interviews are anonymous and confidential. Please do not use your real name in email correspondence.