Teresita Rocha, M.A, is a PhD Student in the UCSD-SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, Global Health Track and a Fogarty AITRP Fellow. She received her MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego and BA in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). For both, her masters and her PhD she has been awarded with a full scholarship from the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, CONACYT, UC-Mexus.
As a doctoral student, Teresita completed her international practicum in Tapachula, Chiapas conducting in-depth interviews with female migrants sex workers and with health providers. She has been working in different research projects of the Global Public Health division such as ESTIMA (Mapa de Salud), Hombre Seguro and Crossing Borders, mainly conducting in-depth interviews and analyzing them qualitatively.
Her main interests are migration, mobility, sex work and border issues (Mexico-United States and Mexico-Guatemala) and how policies surrounding these issues have unintended consequences for migrants sex worker’s health, including risk for acquiring HIV.
1. Rocha-Jiménez, Teresita, C. Kimberly Brouwer, G. Jay Silverman, Sonia Morales Miranda, and M. Shira Goldenberg. 2016. “Migration, violence, and safety among migrant sex workers: A qualitative study in two Guatemalan communities”, Culture, Health and Sexuality. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2015.1122229. PMID: 27439656.
2. Rocha-Jimenez, T., Brouwer, K., Silverman, J., Morales-Miranda, S. “Exploring the context and implementation of public health regulations governing sex work: A qualitative study with migrant sex workers in Guatemala”. Journal of Immigration and Minority Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-016-0399-x. PMID: 27015834.
3. Teresita Rocha-Jiménez, Kimberly C. Brouwer, Marissa Salazar, Sabrina Boyce, Argentina E. Servin, Shira M. Goldenberg, Hugo Staines-Orozco, Ricardo Vera-Monroy, Jay G. Silverman, “He invited me and didn’t ask anything in return” Migration and Mobility as Vulnerabilities for Sexual Exploitation among Female Adolescents in Mexico. International Migration Journal. doi: 10.1111/imig.12333
4. Servin, A. E., Brouwer, K. C., Gordon, L., Rocha-Jimenez, T., Staines, H., Vera-Monroy, R. B., et al. (2015). Vulnerability Factors and Pathways Leading to Underage Entry into Sex Work in two Mexican-US Border Cities. The journal of applied research on children: informing policy for children at risk, 6(1).
5. Goldenberg, S. M., Rivera Mindt, M., Rocha Jimenez, T., Brouwer, K., Morales Miranda, S., & Fisher, C. B. (2015). Structural and interpersonal benefits and risks of participation in HIV research: Perspectives of female sex workers in Guatemala. Ethics & Behavior, 25(2), 97-114.
6. Strathdee, S. A., Arredondo, J., Rocha, T., Abramovitz, D., Rolon, M. L., Mandujano, E. P., et al. (2015). A police education programme to integrate occupational safety and HIV prevention: protocol for a modified stepped-wedge study design with parallel prospective cohorts to assess behavioural outcomes. BMJ open, 5(8), e008958.
7. Herrera-Lasso, L., González Iza, D., Rocha Jiménez, T. “La política migratoria en el nuevo escenario en Estados Unidos” [Migration policy in the new arena in the United States], in Las Políticas Públicas ante los retos de la migración mexicana en Estados Unidos, Paula Leite y Silvia E. Giorguli, Coords. México: CONAPO, 2009