Yolanda Vázquez

Visiting Fellow
Yolanda Vázquez is Visiting Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute (EUI). She is also Professor of Law at University of Cincinnati College of Law (Ohio, United States). Her research lies within the fields of criminal procedure, immigration law, and constitutional law. She examines the consequences of migration management through the U.S. criminal system and its law enforcement. Specifically, she has examined the right to counsel for migrants in the U.S. criminal system, the incorporation of crime and migration consequences into criminal justice reform efforts, the way in which race and racism have shaped migration and crime policies, and the consequences of migration and crime policies on poor people of color.

She is co-editor of the 2018 book entitled 'Enforcing the Boundaries of Belonging: Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control' (Oxford University Press) and across a range of sources, from various law journals, guest blogs, to book chapters. She is currently working on her book, entitled 'Crime, Immigration, and Racial Subordination', which is under contract with Routledge Press.

Research focus/Fields of interest:  migration and crime policies, race and racism in migration and crime policies, policing migrants in the U.S. criminal justice system, impact of crime and migration policies on poor people of color.
Geographic Areas:  United States.
  • 'Race, Criminal Justice and Migration Control: Enforcing the Boundaries of Belonging' (M. Bosworth, A. Parmar, and Y. Vázquez eds., Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • 'In the Shadows: Policing Immigration in the Criminal Justice System and Its Impact on Racial Disparities and Identity', in The Cambridge Handbook of Policing in the United States (T.R. Lave and E. Miller eds., Cambridge University Press, 2019).
  • 'Race and Identity in Legal Institutions: Enforcing the Politics of Race in Immigration and Crime Control', in Enforcing the Boundaries of Belonging: Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control (M. Bosworth, A. Parmar, and Y. Vázquez eds., Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • 'Crimmigration: The Missing Piece of the Criminal Justice Reform', 51 U. RICH. L. REV. 1093 (2017).
  • 'Nothing is Ever Black & White: The Criminal Justice System and Its Expansion into “Criminal Alien” Enforcement', 21 LOY. PUB. INT. L. REP. 110 (2016).
  • 'Constructing Crimmigration: Latino Subordination in a “Post-Racial” World', 76 OHIO ST. L.J. 599 (2015), reprinted in 36 IMMIGR. & NAT’LITY L. REV. 713 (2015).
  • Realizing Padilla’s Promise: Ensuring Noncitizen Defendants are Advised of the Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction, 39 FORDHAM URB. L.J. 169 (2011), reprinted in 33 IMMIGR. & NAT’LITY L. REV. 385 (2012).
  • Perpetuating the Marginalization of Latinos: A Collateral Consequence of the Incorporation of Immigration Law into the Criminal Justice System, 54 HOW. L J. 639 (2011).
  • Advising Noncitizen Defendants on the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions: The Answer for the Criminal Defense Lawyer, the Court, and the Sixth Amendment, 20 LA RAZA L. J. 31 (2010).
Shorter Publications Works in Progress
  • 'Crime, Immigration, and Racial Subordination' (under contract with Routledge Press).
  • Crime, Migration, and Globalization: Reinforcing Racial Subordination Across the Globe Through Migration and Crime Control Policies (working title).
  • Moving Beyond Traditional Notions of the U.S. Criminal Justice System (working title).