Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson is a public policy analyst and advocate with degrees in Public Affairs (MPAff – LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin) and Ethics and Human Rights (BA – School of International Service, American University). For over fifteen years, she specialized in issues related to unaccompanied children in the U.S. immigration system. She is the author of  A Child Alone and Without Papers, a report which revealed U.S. policy and practices in the deportation of children.

Thompson works on issues at the intersection of child welfare and immigration systems.  Her current research focuses on children’s development and expression of agency throughout the migration process.

Professional Interests

Effects of US policy on migrant child populations; child migration in Mexico; effects of migration on the child’s development of agency.


  • MPA, The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., Ethics and Human Rights, American University


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Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358