Ninez A. Ponce

Ninez A. Ponce is an associate center director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She studies immigrant and global health, social penalties on health and access to health care, and health disparities among different populations in the U.S.

Ponce has led pioneering efforts in multicultural survey research, improving how health surveys account for measures of racial/ethnic identity, acculturation, generational status, and discrimination. Her research has focused on understanding the effects of macroeconomic changes on health and health care access in developing countries, and in low-income neighborhoods and racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.

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Assistant Center Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy and Research
Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Areas of Expertise: Health Economics, Health Policy, Multicultural Survey Research,
Community-based Participatory Research, Global Health, Social Determinants of Health and Health Access, Disparities in Health

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: nponce@ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 794-2691

As Heard On AJMC TV: “Dr Ninez Ponce: California’s Diversity Affects Patient Access to High-Quality Care”

Van Tran

Van C. Tran teaches sociology at Columbia University. His primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnic and racial inequality in the United States. His other scholarly interests include neighborhoods, urban inequality, and population health, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods.

Some of his recent work adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China. He received his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard in 2011 and completed his postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. At Columbia, he is the faculty organizer of the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Workshop and teaches courses on immigration, urban poverty, and research methods.

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Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Poverty, Neighborhoods and Cities, Social Inequality, Public Policy

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: vantran@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854 4115

Heard on Time Warner Cable News New York 1: Population Growing Despite Ever-Increasing Rents

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Ana Gonzalez-Barrera

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera researches public opinion of Hispanic and immigrant populations in the U.S. at the Pew Research Center. She is a primary contributor to all the different stages of the center’s National Survey of Latinos. For more than four years, Gonzalez-Barrera worked at CIDE in Mexico, where she coordinated two rounds of the Mexico and the Americas public opinion survey in 2004 and 2010, and then served as director of population distribution at the Mexican Population Council before joining the Pew Research Center in 2011.

She is an author of An Awakened Giant: the Hispanic Electorate is Likely to Double by 2030,The Path Not Taken: Two-thirds of Legal Mexican Immigrants are not U.S. Citizens, and Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less, among others.

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Research Associate, Pew Research Center

Areas of Expertise: Public opinion research and statistical analysis of Hispanic and immigrant populations in the U.S., with a particular expertise on Mexican migration

Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact Information:
Email:
mrohal@pewresearch.org (Pew’s Communications Manager)
Phone: (202) 419-4318

Heard on NPR Source of the Week: Ana Gonzalez-Barrera Discusses Voting Trends In Presidential Elections

Added July 2015

John Carlos Frey

John Carlos Frey, Reporting Fellow for The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is an award-winning freelance investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. His work focuses on migrant life and marginalized communities through his vast reporting along the U.S. Mexico border and Latino community. Through his reporting Frey has gained national and international notoriety and his work has even prompted federal and local investigations.

Frey’s investigative work was featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, which garnered the CBS News program a recent Emmy Award nomination.  He has also recently completed two segments for Dan Rather Reports entitled, Angel of the Desert and Operation Streamline.  Frey has also recently completed an award-winning three-part series called “Crossing the Line” for PBS’ news magazine program, ”Need to Know,” about the U.S. Border Patrol’s excessive use of force and serious problems within the ranks.

Frey has written for the Huffington Post,  Salon.comEl Diario and The Washington MonthlyThe Investigative FundThe Guardian and the Los Angeles Times.  Articles about his work have been published in publications such as The Los Angeles TimesThe New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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Reporting Fellow for The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute

Areas of Expertise: Documentary Filmmaking, U.S.-Mexico Border, Border Security, Immigration & Immigrants

Location: Los Angeles, CA, with frequent travel to NYC

Contact Info:

Phone: (213) 324-6101

Email: johncarlosfrey@gmail.com

Twitter: @johncarlosfrey

Heard on Latino USA:

For Bullets, It’s Open Borders

Cecillia Wang

Cecillia Wang is the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project. Wang first worked with ACLU as a civil rights lawyer on a fellowship at the Immigrant’s Rights Project in 1997-98. She has also served as a trial attorney with the federal public defender office for the Southern District of New York and as an attorney in a San Francisco law firm working on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Wang has spoken about civil rights and immigration law at Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt law schools and has trained attorneys and advocates on civil rights issues. She attended Yale Law School and clerked for both Judge William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Immigration Law, Immigrant Rights, Civil Rights, Criminal Law

Location: San Francisco, CA (with some travel to New York and Washington, DC)

Contact Information:
Phone: (415) 343-0775

You can also reach out to the Immigrants’ Rights Project Communications Manager, Isabel Alegría:
Email: ialegria@aclu.org
Phone: (415) 343-0785

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

All Things Considered: Appeals Court Defers on Ala., Ga. Immigration Laws

 

Hyepin Im

In an interview with CA Forward Thinkers, Hyepin Im (HAY-pihn ihm) says, “From the beginning, we knew that it made sense to work with churches, because 75% of the Korean community here is connected to their church.  At KCCD, we work through churches to provide access to services for newly arrived and not-so-newly arrived immigrants. Immigrants often see their church as a haven that supports them in so many ways.”

Im is the founder, president and CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), a nonprofit that works nationally to connect local Korean and Asian-American immigrant community with the private and public institutions that affect their lives politically and economically. KCCD’s programs and services include homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling and small business development training. A new chapter will be opening in DC in the upcoming future.

The Center for Community Economic Development reports that Im partnered with the FDIC and Freddie Mac to develop a Korean curriculum in financial literacy and homeownership, and she implemented a $5 million U.S. Department of Labor workforce development program.

Hyepin Im

President and CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development (www.kccd.org)

Areas of Expertise: Homeownership, Affordable Housing, Foreclosure, Financial Education, Savings & Investment, Workforce, Economic Development, Economics, Asian Americans, Immigration, Mental Health, Marriage Education, Domestic Violence, Digital Literacy

Location: Los Angeles, CA

 

Contact Info:

Phone: (213) 216-3676
Email: hyepin@gmail.com
Im speaks on California Forward Thinkers: California’s Everyday Leaders

Added January 2013
Last Verified September 2015