Dr Gabriella Sanchez

profileGabriella Sanchez is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Border Crossing Observatory in the Criminology Department. She researches human smuggling, human trafficking and irregular border crossings. A graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Justice and Social Inquiry, she has conducted fieldwork along the US/Mexico border, North Africa and the Middle East.

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IMG_6800On the impact of drug trafficking related enforcement among women from Michoacan, Mexico.

Gabriella Sanchez reports on the conditions of Mexican women seeking asylum in the US following the drug-enforcement related conflict in the state of Michoacan   on her post for the Border Crossing Observatory.

IMG_6591Bienvenido a Tijuana – Welcome to Tijuana and the changing face of deportations along the US Mexico Border

Gabriella Sanchez visits the migrant shelters along the US Mexico Border to identify new trends of US Immigration enforcement and their implications upon the lives of migrants deporteed from the US.


smuggling boatsScrutinising images associated with human smuggling: the bigger picture

In her posts for The Conversation Gabriella Sanchez calls for an analysis of the traditional depictions on human smuggling as exploitative and violent, calling instead for a critical engagement of the circumstances that lead to the reliance of smugglers as agents of mobility among those unable to gain access to visas and passports.

boatsPartnering with the AFP: Training on migrant and refugee smuggling

On October 30th, Professor Sharon Pickering and Dr Gabriella Sanchez from the Border Crossing Observatory were invited to facilitate a morning-long training session in the context of the 55th  edition of the Management of Serious Crime Program (MOSC 55) on law enforcement responses to human smuggling.

INDONESIA ASYLUM SEEKERSThe Myth of the People Smuggler’s Business Model

What does the “smuggling business model” look like? Why have the media emphasized the economic aspects of smuggling? Could it be that rather than having a single “business model”, people smuggling is a complex and fluid phenomenon that is shaped by forces other than financial? An article for The Conversation.