Pacific Standard Magazine 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: Stephanie Canizales

The top young thinkers in economics, education, political science, and more.

“I can’t walk past a Forever 21 and not think of the dozens of youth who tell me they get paid three cents per sleeve or five cents per zipper,” sociologist Stephanie Canizales says. She adds that these are the same children who “can’t pay the clinic bills from the headaches and neck pains they get working their sewing machines.”

A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California, Canizales is studying a subset of child migrants that has been largely overlooked in academia and the media: those who emigrated without a parent and did not reunite with a parent upon reaching the United States. After speaking with more than 200 unaccompanied child migrants in Los Angeles, Canizales has discovered that many face “extreme forms of exploitation.” Those who work in the garment industry are subject to “wage theft, denial of breaks, and being locked in during work hours without proper lighting and ventilation,” she says.

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