Krystlelynn is a Doctoral Candidate in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Her research interests center on poly-victimization of Latinx immigrants. Specifically, she studies the impact of immigration status on victimization, the correlates and consequences of poly-victimization, and the potential for criminal coping among poly-victims. Her dissertation utilizes a criminology, law, and society framework to theorize the risk of poly-victimization across an immigrant’s lifespan.
Krystlelynn’s dissertation uses the restricted version of the National Latino and Asian American Survey (NLAAS) to addresses the experience of specific victimization across legal statuses, polyvictimization across legal statuses, and the victim-offender overlap among immigrants of different groups. Using this dataset, she delineates seven distinct legal statuses – a level of specificity that is scarce in immigration research. The NLAAS includes dozens of victimization measures, including several specific to refugees. There are also variables identifying whether the victimization took place in the country of origin or in the US. Analyses measure the extent to which immigrants across statuses experience different forms of victimization, revictimization, and polyvictimization.
Krystlelynn received the 2016 American Society of Criminology Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity for her Master’s thesis research, which examined the victimization of undocumented immigrants from the perspective of the active street offenders who target them. Prior to Georgia State University, Krystlelynn completed her Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JJC) in 2012 with a focus on mass incarceration and reentry. As an undergraduate, she interned under Jeremy Travis and studied incarceration-related issues with a specific interest in alternatives to incarceration. Moreover, she volunteered as a “learning exchange student” in John Jay’s Prison to College Pipeline (P2CP) program and, post-graduation (2012-2015), she worked on the programmatic end of the P2CP program through her employment at the Institute for Justice and Opportunity at JJC (formerly known as the Prisoner Reentry Institute).