Locked In, Locked Out: Undocumented Individuals and Trafficking Survivors Endure Living in Separated Families

12-1:15 pm

Giddings House 212, Department of Anthropology

Denise Brennan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University

Brennan draws from two field research projects: One, with migrant communities inside the 100-Mile Border Zone (an enhanced immigration enforcement zone) as well as in the U.S. interior for a new book, Undocumented: Criminalizing Everyday Life in the United States. She also reflects on research with the first trafficking survivors to receive visas to stay legally in the United States, the topic of Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States (Duke University Press 2014). By chronicling the human cost of criminalizing border crossing, she examines the emotional toll of being walled off from loved ones.