Fanny Garcia (2016)

Fanny Julissa García is a writer and editor. Born in Honduras and raised in Mexico, she called Los Angeles home before moving to Las Vegas to work in digital and social media marketing. She graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a degree in English.

For ten years, Fanny managed a theater company in Los Angeles, which produced plays in low-income areas of Los Angeles. In 2010, she launched an arts journal called pLAywriting in the city, where together with a volunteer staff of journalists, writers and editors, she covered art and theater produced by people of color in Los Angeles and Orange County. Most recently, her short story, “Brown Puerquitos: A Failed Love Affair” was published byWestwind Literary Arts Journal.

At Columbia, Fanny’s research will focus on the mass media coverage of the Central American unaccompanied minors refugee crisis, detention center documents, asylum testimonies, and oral history interviews. In her analysis of these different texts, she aims to convey an interdisciplinary look at the migration patterns and unique experiences of Central Americans, and shed light on the traumatizing impact of the asylum process, detention procedures, and violation of habeas corpus in the U.S immigration system.