Talk by Alicia Schmidt Camacho: Defending Human Mobility

Defending Human Mobility: The Gendered Face of Poverty and Immigration Law Enforcement in North America

Alicia Schmidt Camacho | Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration | Yale University

My talk addresses the profoundly gendered dynamics of current militarized border surveillance and immigration enforcement practices in North America. During this period of rapid economic and political integration, regional governments have met the resulting increase in migration with denial and expanded practices of social control. By examining the migratory circuit that links Central America, Mexico and the U.S. as an integrated whole, I demonstrate how state policies have made female migrants vulnerable to unprecedented state and criminal violence. The precipitous rise in gender violence experienced in the region since the mid 1990s, I argue, is symptomatic of a broader pattern of punitive state policies that criminalize poverty and serve to expel insecure populations from the protected spheres of citizenship and civic life.

November 11 | 6.30 PM  | Rasmussen Rotunda

Alicia Schmidt Camacho is the author of author of Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the Mexico–U.S. Borderlands (NYU Press, 2008), and is currently at work on a second book project entitled, The Carceral Border: Social Violence and Governmentality on the Frontiers of Our America. She serves on the board of Junta for Progressive Action, a community agency serving the Latina/o community of New Haven, and is a contributor to local and transnational projects for immigrant and human rights.

Sponsored by the James Dolliver Seminar on Borders and the Making of Trans-American Studies
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