Patricia was a Visiting Scholar at the Population Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA between August 2017 and July 2018. Under the supervision of Prof. Krista Perreira, she developed research on US organizations providing services to children arriving unaccompanied in the USA. She also spent six months at the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development in Zurich.
Patricia is interested in the changes in family-reunification policies in Brazil since 1997. Her project, titled "The Family Reunification Policy for refugees in Brazil", aims to improve the understanding of best practices and challenges in family reunification procedures for refugees in Brazil. Using different quantitative and qualitative methodologies, she analyzes various phenomenological interviews with refugees who asked for family reunification in São Paulo, key-informant interviews with Brazilian authorities as well as organizations involved in the family reunification process.
For more information about Patricia’s work, please see here.