Salvadoran Refugees in Alexandria, VA

Thesis: Salvadoran migrants experienced greater difficulties in obtaining “legal” status in Alexandria compared to other migrant groups due to their unequal treatment by the government regarding their refugee status. This also affected their work, community, and education in Alexandria.

Historical Background: Salvadoran Civil War

Why Alexandria?

Salvadoran Women

Employment of Salvadorans

Refugee Status

Immigration Reform and Control Act

Community Resources


This project was created by Jenna Williams, Megan Green, Tyler Houston, and Carolyn Kowalewski. The authors would like to thank Dr. Krystyn Moon for her guidance in this project and Jon Liss whose undying devotion to Arlandria and its residents wouldn’t have made this project possible.