Tomás Rivera Policy Institute

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute works to address the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city. The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute produces original research, student activities, and policy solutions. Policy focus areas include: Latinos and the criminal justice system, civic engagement and capacity building among immigrant-serving organizations, and demographic change in major metropolitan regions of the United States.

Latinos and the Criminal Justice System

The following digital publications, supported by Californians for Safety and Justice, were produced using the USC Media Curator, an online publishing platform designed to bring together innovative research from across the University of Southern California and beyond. Additionally, Californians for Safety and Justice released in June 2014 a comprehensive report on existing data about Latinos, crime and the justice system, including recommendations. Topics include:

Resources for Immigrant Service Providers

With the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, TRPI has created a series of online microsites of curated research and up-to-date information on topics relevant to immigrant service providers. The microsite format provides the content in a dynamic, searchable, and readily updated digital publication, designed for wide public dissemination. Topics covered include:

U.S.-Mexico Relations

The following digital publications were curated by the U.S.-Mexico Network of the University of Southern California. The network’s Imagining 2024 project is designed to provide readers a quick overview of key issues in US-Mexico relations – the background of the issue, its current state, where we ought to be by 2024, and how to get there. Topics include:

Children of DAPA

Providing key evidence in the federal court battle over President Obama’s executive action on immigration, this joint USC/UCLA report assess research from many fields about the impact of growing up with an unauthorized immigrant parent and the life-altering benefits of legalization. The report was published April 6, 2015 in conjunction with the filing of an amicus brief by educational organizations and children’s rights advocates who utilized the report to argue that the public interest and fairness are best served by safeguarding the American children of unauthorized immigrants.
Research Report | Press Release | Amicus Brief

2012 Election Coverage Analysis

Content analysis of the Univision network’s flagship news broadcast from the Sunday before the Republican National Convention until the Saturday after the election.

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TRPI Research Archives

TRPI is the successor to the think tank of the same name that for 25 years promoted informed policy making on issues affecting Latino communities.

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