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Ashley Louie is a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Civic Data Design Lab, where she works at the intersection of design, data visualization, and interactive web development. With a passion for engaging people and serving communities, she has developed a multi-scalar approach to systems and spaces in the public realm. She analyzes data, designs visual graphics, and creates a narrative to advocate for public good.
Ms. Louie holds a master’s degree in architecture and urban design from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where she was awarded the Visualization Award; and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Southern California.
Influenced by a mix of factors—from economic and humanitarian protection needs to family reunification and climate change—Central American migration is a dynamic phenomenon. This report draws on unique survey data to examine the conditions that drive people in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to migrate, as well as the costs and implications of migration for households and communities throughout the region.