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Policy Students Give Talks on Drug War and Afghan Refugees

By Vir Sinha |

The UCR School of Public Policy is hosting back-to-back seminars by public policy students Rafael Barrientos Posada and Joseph Anastacio (accompanied by a panel of speakers) as part of its Student Spotlight Series.

Posada is a first-year public policy major from Bakersfield, California. For his seminar he will cover the impacts and complexities of the drug war in America and Mexico.

Anastacio is a first year Public Policy major from Stockton, California. He has previously worked as a Constituent Service Fellow for a U.S House Representative, where he worked on various passport and immigration related cases. His seminar is about the plight of Afghan refugees.

Posada said, “I’m going to be going over the historical context for the current drug epidemic and war on drugs, exploring how the United States has been impacted in a multitude of sectors, such as health, economy, and politics.”

Anasatacio said, “I will be focusing on the active and escalating situation in Afghanistan, specifically surrounding refugees and increased displacement. Additionally, my panelists will be discussing their experience with these issues”

Posada’s seminar took place on Thursday, March 7th from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Pacific Time, and Anastacio’s seminar was immediately after from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Both events were held at at the Glasgow Private Dining Room. 

You can access the video recording here.

You can also access photos from the event here.

For more information, contact event organizer Mark Manalang at


About the UCR School of Public Policy
Since 2014, the UCR School of Public Policy has been bringing policy makers, practitioners, and researchers to campus to talk about various policy issues facing the region and beyond. For more information about events open to the general community, visit

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