• Children of DAPA

    Providing key evidence in the federal court battle over President Obama’s executive action on immigration, this joint USC/UCLA report assess research from many fields about the impact of growing up with an unauthorized immigrant parent and the life-altering benefits of legalization. The report was published April 6, 2015 in conjunction with the filing of an amicus brief by educational organizations and children’s rights advocates who utilized the report to argue that the public interest and fairness are best served by safeguarding the American children of unauthorized immigrants.
    Research Report | Press Release | Amicus Brief | New York Times Op-ed

  • Driver's licenses:
    New laws extend privileges regardless of status

    In recent years, several states have enacted laws to issue driver’s licenses to unauthorized migrants. This site examines the enactment and implementation of these policies, cataloging the different ways legislatures, licensing agencies, advocates, and service providers are proceeding and the lessons that can be learned from their successes and failures.
  • Explore Obispo

    During an intense two weeks in June 2013, TRPI traveled to Cuba with a group of student researchers, artists, and journalists to create and collect multi-media content that documents the activity on a one kilometer long street, Calle Obispo, that runs through the heart of old Havana.
  • Latinos and the
    Criminal Justice System

    TRPI partnered with Californians for Safety and Justice to release a microsite and report on Latino experiences with crime and the criminal justice system. The findings paint a troubling picture and call for a concerted effort to reverse the tide of unfairness and unsafety.
  • Town Hall: Creating the Smithsonian National American Latino Museum

    hosted by TRPI on December 6th, 2013 at the University of Southern California. You can watch a video of the event here. KPCC Southern California Public Radio covered the event: National campaign to build Latino history museum comes to LA.

Digital Publications

TRPI has produced the USC Media Curator, an online publishing platform designed to bring together innovative research from across the University of Southern California and beyond. This platform has been used to publish on a variety of topic areas such as immigrant services and latinos and the criminal justice system. See full list of digital publications

Harry Pachon Research Award

In memory of Harry Pachon, Latino scholar and advocate and former director of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, TRPI has been able to offer Harry Pachon Research Awards to a total of 26 students during the 2012/13 and 2013/14 school years. Read more

Latinos & the Criminal Justice System

Digital publications on the topics of Latino experiences with crime, disparities in the system, and public opinion and perception. Supported by Californians for Safety and Justice.

Driver's Licenses Regardless of Status

This microsite examines the enactment and implementation of laws that issue driver’s licenses to unauthorized migrants regardless of status.

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Focus on Mexico

While the Institute’s mission has widened over the years, TRPI maintains a research focus on Mexico and close connections with Latino civil society organizations on both sides of the border.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions

A joint digital publication of USC’s Center for Urban Education and Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, makes clear that it is in the best interest of all Californians that more Latinos earn a bachelor’s degree.