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Associate Policy Analyst
Lillie Hinkle is an Associate Policy Analyst with MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, where they work on issues including refugee resettlement, unaccompanied children's services, and access to benefits and services for immigrant families.
Prior to joining MPI, Mx. Hinkle worked with the International Rescue Committee in employment placement and family mentorship, providing services to newly arrived refugee families in Richmond, Virginia. They previously interned with MPI and a 3D printing lab specializing in archaeological curation.
Mx. Hinkle holds a master’s degree in refugee and forced migration studies from the University of Oxford, where they focused on the intersections of trauma and refugee service provision in the United States. During their graduate studies, they provided research assistance to the Rights in Exile Program, recruiting country-of-origin experts for an online legal aid resource network. They hold a bachelor's degree in anthropology and philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University.
The U.S. government created the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, to combat food insecurity. Under federal law, many lawfully present noncitizens in poor households are ineligible. This issue brief examines the size and characteristics of the population of immigrants with incomes low enough to qualify for SNAP and their eligibility for and participation in the program, at U.S. and state levels.
Asylees in the United States are eligible for many of the same benefits and services as refugees, but many may not be aware of this fact. For asylum seekers awaiting a decision in their case, available assistance is far more limited, but similar information gaps exist. This report examines which supports are available to asylees and asylum seekers and offers recommendations to improve how they are connected with programs for which they are eligible.
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.
While asylees are eligible for many of the same public benefits and services as resettled refugees, including health care and employment assistance, there is no system to inform them of their eligibility and to help connect them to resources. MPI estimates that fewer than 20 percent of those granted asylum in recent years received Office of Refugee Resettlement benefits during their first year. The U.S. government could address this gap with a few simple measures.