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Monitor on Psychology puts spotlight on Minero’s remarkable journey, important work

June 14, 2017

UW-Madison’s Laura P. Minero is featured in the June 2017 edition of Monitor on Psychology, a magazine from the American Psychological Association (APA).

Minero is a Ph.D. student with School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology and an outspoken advocate for immigration reform.

The Monitor on Psychology report is headlined: “5 questions for Laura P. Minero,” with a lead-in to the Q&A noting how she is “advocating for undocumented immigrants like herself and pushing forward on her research on undocumented LGBTQ individuals.”

Laura P. Minero in Monitor on Psychology
Laura P. Minero is featured in a Q&A in the most
recent issue of Monitor on Psychology magazine.
The article by Lea Winerman begins:  At age 5, Laura P. Minero left her home in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, with her mother, to join her father, who'd traveled to California two months before. In Tijuana, she posed as another family's daughter for the trip over the border, separated from her mother, who stowed under the passenger seat of a different car.”

"I still remember the sights, and the sounds and the smells, and just how scared I felt," Minero tells Monitor on Psychology.

The report continues: “Today, Minero is a graduate student in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she has received a Ford Foundation fellowship to study the mental health of undocumented transgender individuals held in U.S. detention centers. Hard work — and a rare scholarship available to undocumented students — gave her access to education. Meanwhile, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, enacted in 2012 to offer protections to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, provided her a work permit and a measure of security she'd never had before.”

The article adds: “But since November, that sense of security has eroded, and Minero has become a vocal advocate for herself and other undocumented students on the UW–Madison campus. She spoke to the Monitor about her life and work, and how both have changed in recent months.”

To learn more about Minero and what she had to say to the magazine, check out this online version of the report via the Monitor on Psychology website.

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