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Stephanie Leutert

Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative Director |

Strauss Center

Stephanie Leutert is the director of the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. She has spent the past ten years researching and working on issues related to U.S.-Mexico relations, Mexico’s migration and security policy, Central American migration, and U.S.-Mexico border dynamics. Stephanie is the lead writer for “Beyond the Border” on the Lawfareblog, and has been the instructor for a year-long public policy class on Mexico’s migration challenges at the LBJ School for Public Affairs.

Stephanie has previously served as a Senior Advisor for Migration Policy at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. In this role, she worked on policies aiming to establish humane and orderly migration at the U.S.-Mexico border and on the United States’ Collaborative Migration Management Strategy with Mexico and Central America. Stephanie also worked as a Research Associate in the Latin America Studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she focused on emerging security, immigration, economic and energy issues in the region, with a particular focus on Mexico.

Stephanie has also conducted field research on war torture in northern Uganda, Ecuador’s refugee policy, and Mexico’s automotive and aerospace industries. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Wilson Quarterly, and Americas Quarterly, among other outlets. Stephanie has a MA in Global Affairs from Yale University and a BA from Skidmore College.

Twitter: @Sleutert