Mobility and migration have been associated with positive factors, such as development, increased agency, and improved socioeconomic status, as well as with health consequences, such as infectious disease transmission (e.g., HIV) and mental health problems. However, little research has been done considering more dynamic processes and comprehensive migration and mobility patterns and how they impact vulnerable populations’ health. In my doctoral dissertation, I analyzed if complex migration experiences such as deportation and international travel to engage in sex work were associated with mental health and sexual health status among vulnerable populations at Mexico’s North and South borders. In this talk, I will share some of my dissertation doctoral findings as well as my experience as a researcher at the United States-Mexico and Mexico-Guatemala borders. I will also talk about how such experiences shaped my academic career and the next steps conducting research with migrants in Chile.
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