Jennifer Martinez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Public Affairs and Policy program at Portland State University. Her dissertation questions how remittances impact civic participation in receiving communities. Notably, she focuses on how narratives about sacrifice circling the transfers may veil governing bodies from being responsive and held to account while perpetuating exploitative labor arrangements that force communities to disperse in search of a livelihood. Her broader research interests focus on political participation and intersect with her advocacy work and public finance background. She plans to use the APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship award to start her data collection efforts in the field.