Jenks' research focuses on the social processes that create and come about from migration and immigration. They are also interested in studying processes related to postcolonial society, language, and inequality. Jenks works as the Deputy Director of the Immigration Lab at American University, and is a Research Assisstant at the Center on Health, Risk, and Society at American.
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Elaborates on the lives and circumstances of Central American youth and families who have found themselves migrating to the United States, specifically the Washington, D.C. area.
Utilizes rapid assessment techniques to quickly gather usable data about young people's experiences with COVID-19 as the pandemic began to unfold.
Studies the journey of immigrant children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, discussing their motives for migration, and experiences on the journey through Mexico.
Proposes ways that local communities can support immigrant youth and their families, in and out of schools.
Mentions the ways in which immigrant minors from Central America have been exposed to trauma, and how it affects their day-to-day lives in the United States.