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Working with Refugee and  Unaccompanied Youth in Schools

The School Social Work Professor and Researcher

"People have to be real creative about how they may advocate for different students depending on the political context".

The Educator

"Kids who come unaccompanied, there's this component of worry".

The School Counselor

"The ones who come alone, there is always the emotional factor of being far from their families..."


Villarreal Sosa, L., Martin. M. (2021). Constructions of race and equity in a Suburban School: Teachers, School Social Workers, and other School Staff as Nepantleras and Border Crossers. Children & Schools, cdaa031,


Villarreal Sosa, L., Roth, B., Rodriguez, S. (2021). Crossing borders: Exploring the role of social workers in immigrant serving schools. Social Work Research. doi: 10.1093/swr/svab011

Capano, B., Lucio, R., Villarreal Sosa, L., & Vaquera, E. (2021). The reality of the journey: What school social workers need to know about the experiences of Latinx undocumented youth. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, doi: 10.1080/15313204.2021.1964121

Rodriguez, S., Roth, B., Villarreal Sosa, L. (2020). School social workers’ role as nepantleras and equity for undocumented students. Social Service Review.


Villarreal Sosa, L. (2019). Advocating for Latinx Children’s Rights and Supporting their Healing from Trauma: School Social Workers as Nepantleras. Children and Schools, 41(1). 195-201.

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