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Anna deDufour was an intern with MPI’s Human Services Initiative, where she supported research on digital equity, the U.S. asylum system, tax credits, and access to benefits and services for immigrant families. As a Public Policy Specialist with ICF’s Regulatory Policy and Economics team, she provides policy analysis and management support for federal immigration rulemaking initiatives.
Previously, Ms. deDufour conducted legal aid research for advocates, legal services providers, and policymakers with The Justice in Government Project; was an educator in Quito, Ecuador; and served as an English as a Second Language program coordinator for the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from American University’s School of Public Affairs, and a BA in human service studies from Elon University.
Since the pandemic began, technology has become an even more central part of Americans’ lives. Yet access to digital devices, the internet, and digital skills training has long been uneven. For many teenagers in immigrant families, including those who are English Learners, this digital divide has made remote learning challenging. This study identifies promising practices for increasing digital access and literacy among immigrant-origin youth.