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Gabriella E. Sanchez

Lead of Migrant Smuggling Research, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute

Dr. Gabriella E. Sanchez (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is a research fellow at the Migrant Smuggling Observatory at the European University Institute’s Migration Policy Centre. She specializes in the study of the social dynamics of transnational criminal organizations, her main area of focus being the facilitation of migrant smuggling, the market’s interactions with other criminal groups and the decision making processes of its members.

Recent publications

Books and special issues of academic journals

Refereed journal articles 

Book chapters 

Research and policy reports

  • Sanchez, Gabriella (Forthcoming). Women in Smuggling. Research Report. Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna.
  • Sanchez, Gabriella. (Forthcoming). “Mexico”. In: Anna Triandafyllidou and Marie McAuliffe, eds., Global Report on Migrant Smuggling vol. II, International Organization for Migration, Geneva.
  • Nicot, Morgane, Kopp, Bianca, Sanchez, Gabriella, eds. (Forthcoming). When Smuggling Goes Wrong: From a Crime Against State Sovereignty to a Crime Against Persons. UNODC, Vienna.
  • Sanchez, Gabriella (2018). “Five misconceptions about migrant smuggling“. Migration Policy Centre. European University Institute.
  • Achilli, Luigi and Gabriella Sanchez (2017). “Methodological Approaches in Human Smuggling Research: Documenting Irregular Migration Facilitation in the Americas and the Middle East”. Special Issue: Measuring Irregular Migration Innovative Data Practices. Migration Policy and Practice Journal 7(2): 21-25. International Organization for Migration, Berlin.
  • Sanchez, Gabriella, Garcia, Blanca, Loera, Fernando, Zavala, Carlos (2017). Neither criminals nor illegals: boys, girls and adolescents in the migrant smuggling market on the US Mexico Border. DHIA-University of Texas, El Paso.
  • Achilli, Luigi and Sanchez, Gabriella (2017). What does it mean to disrupt the business models of people smugglers?. Migration Policy Centre Policy Brief no. 9. European University Institute, Florence.
  • Sanchez, Gabriella (2016). “Human Smuggling trends in the Americas”. Lackzo, Frank, ed., Data and Research on Human Smuggling: A Global Report. International Organization for Migration. Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Sanchez, Gabriella (2016). “Crossing Borders: Migrant Smuggling Organizations on the US Mexico Border”. Research in Brief Series, Center for Law and Human Behavior, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas.
  • Sanchez, Gabriella (2016). “Crime and Kidnapping involving migrants transiting through Central America and Mexico”. Fatal Journeys Vol. 2: Identification and Tracing of Dead and Missing Migrants. International organization of Migration, Geneva.
  • Sanchez, Gabriella (2015). “Forensic Processes Applicable to the Human Remains of Border Crossers”. International Committee of the Red Cross, Washington, D.C.

Blogs, media coverage/references


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