Yajaira is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Labor Psychology from the University of Costa Rica (UCR). She worked at Academic Latin American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO) in Costa Rica, where she was a researcher and coordinator of projects related to social integration, immigration, education, youth and gender in countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and the Central American region. As a doctoral candidate she is researching the effects of deportations in Latin American countries, and incarceration in the Central Valley of California. She has published on gender, social dialogue, youth, and deportations.