Connie McGuire "initiated WOLA's Central America gang-related asylum project, partly in response to the many requests WOLA receives for expert testimony for gang-related asylum cases. Previous to the asylum project and on-going, Connie conducts research on Central American gangs in the D.C. area as a member of a transnational team of researchers looking at the gang phenomenon in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and the D.C. area. Prior to joining WOLA, Connie worked on the “USAID Central America and Mexico Gangs Assessment,” the first serious evaluation of the phenomenon to be produced by a U.S. governmental agency. Connie is currently a doctoral student in Anthropology at the University of California at Irvine. Ms. McGuire holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. " 
Resources and articles
- Staff, Washington Office on Latin America, accessed April 13, 2010.