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Research

Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy Program

The Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy Program (CJL) is a research-to-practice initiative committed to improving the effectiveness of anti-corruption programming in contexts of endemic corruption.


The Journeys Project


The Journeys Project features the long-distance journeys of dispossessed people — refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who have traveled far to escape persecution and grinding poverty. We examine their stories though a financial lens to better understand the costs and strategies involved in their journeys as well as the economic approaches they use when putting down roots in new surroundings.


Waylaid in Tijuana

Waylaid in Tijuana explores how immigration policies adopted in Washington, DC reverberate just south of the border in Tijuana, Mexico. It features migration experts, government officials, and migrant advocates from the Tijuana/San Diego region who grapple with the consequences of these policies on a daily basis. But its main characters are the migrants themselves, whose stories are often heartbreaking while also being a testament to the human spirit.


Upcoming Events

  1. A Bad Barrel – How America Embraced Corruption: A Conversation with Sarah Chayes

    December 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Latest News

  • Leir Institute Director Professor Katrina Burgess and Assistant Director Maria Teresa Nagel will be participating in the Fletcher School’s Third Annual Decolonizing International Relations (DIR) Conference on November 6-7th. Professor Katrina Burgess, who is also the faculty advisor for the DIR Conference, will be providing closing remarks on Saturday November 7th, at 5:45pm EST. Maria Teresa Nagel will be facilitating a workshop titled “Fieldnotes from Decolonization” on Saturday November 7th, at 2:00-3:15pm EST. Register for the DIR Conference here.

  • The Conversation published an article by Leir Institute Director Professor Katrina Burgess. Drawing on her own migration expertise and observations made during the filming of her documentary, Waylaid in Tijuana, the article examines how Covid-19 has created new hardships for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border while giving the Trump administration an excuse to further restrict asylum policies as public attention focuses on the pandemic. Hunger, sickness, violence and generally dangerous conditions in Central America mean many asylum-seekers will brave the obvious health risks at the U.S.-Mexico border rather than return home. And others, like the migrants in the new Honduran caravan, will continue to flee. Professor Katrina Burgess Read the complete article here.

  • Praxis, The Fletcher Journal of Human Security, has published a new print volume for 2020, viewable in full at the Praxis website. The first print edition of the journal since 2016, this volume is comprised of a selection of some of the student editorial team’s favorite pieces that have been published in the Praxis web edition over the past two years. The subjects range from land displacement and migration, to healthcare in conflict zones, indigenous politics and women’s empowerment. Congratulations to the editors and contributors on a thoughtful and well-researched publication.