Domínguez makes it clear that many immigrant women are able to develop the social support needed for a rich social life, and leverage ties that open options for them to develop their social and human capital. However, she also shows that factors such as neighborhood and domestic violence and the unavailability of social services leave many women without the ability to strategize towards social mobility. Ultimately, Domínguez makes important local and international policy recommendations on issue ranging from public housing to world labor visas, demonstrating how policy can help to improve the lives of these and other low-income people.
“A valuable contribution to the understanding of Latin American immigrants in the U.S.”
-Roberta Villalón,author of Violence Against Latina Immigrants: Citizenship, Inequality, and Community
"Getting Ahead by Silvia Dominguez makes an important contribution to the urban poverty literature by investigating the well being of low-income Latin American immigrants and their children in the post-welfare reform era. . . I urge readers to purchase this excellent book."-David Varady,Teachers College Record