About the Author(s)
Luis H. Zayas, PhD is Dean and Professor, and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas-Austin. At UT-Austin he also holds appointments as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dell Medical School and Affiliated Faculty, Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. He is currently serving as President of the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR). Zayas has spent decades serving low-income minority families in urban communities and studying their lives and needs. He has been a teacher and researcher in universities and an advocate for the families he serves. His research has been cited nationally and internationally in leading newspapers and electronic media, and he is a
frequent guest speaker across the United States, helping audiences understand the plight of immigrant and underprivileged families.
"Luis Zayas captures the stories of immigrant mothers and children in heart-rending detail, while also sharing his own hesitation and humility in the face of unimaginable suffering and stunning courage. In this book, he offers a strategic and thoughtful guide for reimagining a respectful and dignified reception of immigrants on our southern border and in our communities." -- Marsha Griffin, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
"In Through Iceboxes and Kennels, Luis Zayas provides the public an unparalleled account of the experiences of asylum-seeking Central American families caught up in our immigration enforcement system—their suffering, resilience, and complex inter-generational dynamics. The book documents the lasting harm of our country's immigration policies, and to move beyond temporary outrage at news headlines to a deeper understanding of the challenges we face, as a nation, in treating migrant families with the compassion and respect they deserve." -- Nina Rabin, JD, Director, Immigrant Family Legal Clinic, UCLA School of Law
"Collectively, we must reckon with the brutal treatment of children and families in our immigration system. By artfully weaving together beautiful and tragic stories from people stuck in a labyrinthine system and clinical analysis of trauma, Zayas leaves readers no choice but to reevaluate everything they know about immigration and families. Through Iceboxes and Kennels is for anyone who wants to understand the plight of children and families in our asylum system and beyond." -- Jeremy Slack, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas, El Paso
"Through Iceboxes and Kennels offers an incisive analysis of the toll immigration enforcement takes. Zayas presents a poignant and compassionate account of asylum-seeking families detained and sometimes separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. He carefully situates the suffering endured before leaving their communities of origin and while in transit to the U.S. in the context of structural factors. A must-read for immigration scholars, advocates, policy makers, students, and mental health professionals." -- Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD, Professor of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University
"This book tells powerful stories of Central American families undertaking perilous journeys to seek asylum in the U.S. They are stories of trauma and suffering, but also of strength and resilience. It is an essential reading for understanding one of the most urgent human rights challenges of our time." -- Emily Ryo, JD, Professor of Law and Sociology, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California