Savitri Elizabeth Arvey

Border and Migration Policy Fellow, University of California-San Diego
Chapter Member: San Diego SSN
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About Savitri

Arvey's work focuses on the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. asylum and immigration policy, and Mexico's migratory policy. Arvey has conducted research on the termination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s safe release policy and local responses, Customs and Border Protection’s practice of metering and asylum seeker wait lists, and Mexico’s reintegration policy for individuals deported from the U.S. Arvey helped to organize the Border Health Humanitarian Summit that brought together over 70 experts across various sectors will chart concrete steps toward short-, medium- and long-term solutions to the the humanitarian crisis at the border and avenues to protect the human rights and dignity of migrant populations. Arvey has volunteered at the San Diego Rapid Response Migrant Shelter, FM4 Paso Libre Migrant Shelter in Guadalajara and as a Migrant Protection Protocol Court Observer.


Continuing Support for Migrant Shelters in San Diego

  • Gustavo Lopez
  • Jenny Aldrich

In the News

"Thousands of Asylum Seekers Left Waiting at the US-Mexico Border," Savitri Elizabeth Arvey (with Stephanie Leutert), The Conversation, June 17, 2019.


"The Release of Families Seeking Asylum across the U.S. Southwest Border," (with Gustavo Lopez and Jenny Aldrich), School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California-San Diego, October 2019.

Provides a snapshot of the shift from safe to quick release along the southern border from October 2018 to June 2019, compiling fieldwork, in-person and phone interviews with representatives from civil society and religious organizations, lawyers, and journalists on both sides of the border. Documents the policy change as well as the state and local responses.

"Asylum Processing and Waitlists at the U.S. Mexico Border," (with Stephanie Leutert, Ellie Ezzell, Gabriella Sanchez, Caitlyn Yates, and Paul Kuhne), Strauss Center at UT Austin and Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego, November 2018.

This report provides a snapshot of the asylum processing system at the U.S.-Mexico border with particular attention to asylum seekers waiting in Mexico.