Thank you to Becky Jacobs and the Salt Lake Tribune for covering the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium. So appreciative of the coverage to raise visibility about the consortium. Not only is it informational, but Jacobs shares resources for survivors who may be reading content and experiencing violence. Raising awareness as one is raising consciousness.
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University of Utah researchers team up to study gender-based violence in state
The role of technology in human trafficking and anti-trafficking by GAATW
This is a recording of the webinar titled “The role of technology in human trafficking and anti-trafficking” that GAATW organised on 8 June 2020. The speakers – scholars and advocates in the areas of human rights, migration, women’s rights, sex workers’ rights and human trafficking – discuss common myths and misconceptions about the role of technology in human trafficking and anti-trafficking. Their interventions are based on recent research published in the journal Anti-Trafficking Review. The materials discussed in the webinar can be found here: https://gaatw.org/ATR/AntiTraffickingReview_issue14.pdf
Jennifer Musto, Mitali Thakor and Borislav Gerasimov, ‘Editorial: Between Hope and Hype: Critical evaluations of technology’s role in anti-trafficking’,
Dr Sanja Milivojevic, Heather Moore and Marie Segrave, ‘Freeing the Modern Slaves, One Click at a Time: Theorising human trafficking, modern slavery, and technology’,
Stephanie A. Limoncelli, ‘There’s an App for That? Ethical consumption in the fight against trafficking for labour exploitation’,
Dr Laurie Berg, Bassina Farbenblum and Angela Kintominas, ‘Addressing Exploitation in Supply Chains: Is technology a game changer for worker voice?’,
Dr Annie Isabel Fukushima, ‘Witnessing in a Time of Homeland Futurities’,
Samantha Majic, ‘Same Same but Different? Gender, sex work, and respectability politics in the MyRedBook and Rentboy closures’,
Danielle Blunt and Ariel Wolf, ‘Erased: The impact of FOSTA-SESTA and the removal of Backpage on sex workers’,
Isabella Chen and Celeste Tortosa, ‘The Use of Digital Evidence in Human Trafficking Investigations’,
Kate Mogulescu and Leigh Goodmark, ‘Surveillance and Entanglement: How mandatory sex offender registration impacts criminalised survivors of human trafficking’,
COVID-19 continues to take a disproportionate toll on Latinxs because many have low-paying jobs that require them to interact with the public as “essential workers.” Given their roles in critical industries, Latinxs and other people of color are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates in comparison to their white counterparts. Latinxs face contradictions as “liminal” citizens navigating in-between statuses along an indispensable (essential) and dispensable (expendable) continuum. This is what Cecilia Menjívar (2006) describes as “liminal legality,” a method used by governments to keep immigrants’ legal status undetermined. Purposefully ambiguous, it is meant to create economic and legal precarity. Undocumented immigrants are especially impacted; the government hails them as “essential,” yet fails to provide adequate health coverage, denies access to federal relief programs, and refuses to halt deportations. Although Latinxs range in legal status, they bear the brunt of pandemic. Additionally, 65% of Latinxs experienced pay cuts or layoffs since the onset of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Consequently, the effects of living in liminality are reverberating across Latinx families and communities. For Latinx educators, staff and students, questions loom about fall classes during the pandemic.
As the Latinx community continues to confront structural inequities present long before the COVID-19 outbreak (think: employment, health care, housing, safety, and immigration needs), what is the role of Latinx educators during pandemic? As Indigenous Latina/Purépecha/Chicana (Alvarez Gutiérrez), Asian-Latina / KoreXicana (Fukushima), Latina/Chilean/Irish (Gaytán) first-generation professors in the state of Utah, we view our role as essential educators. We are mindful of the stakes of being called on to work – in the classroom as educators – and the unease of teaching and learning while the global pandemic accelerates. 
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Migrant Crossings examines the experiences and representations of Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked in the United States into informal economies and service industries. Through sociolegal and media analysis of court records, press releases, law enforcement campaigns, film representations, theatre performances, and the law, Annie Isabel Fukushima questions how we understand victimhood, criminality, citizenship, and legality. Fukushima examines how migrants legally cross into visibility, through frames of citizenship, and narratives of victimhood. She explores the interdisciplinary framing of the role of the law and the legal system, the notion of “perfect victimhood”, and iconic victims, and how trafficking subjects are resurrected for contemporary movements as illustrated in visuals, discourse, court records, and policy. Migrant Crossings deeply interrogates what it means to bear witness to migration in these migratory times–and what such migrant crossings mean for subjects who experience violence during or after their crossing.
Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Division in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah. Her research covers issues of migration, violence, race, gender, and witnessing and her expertise is recognized across the U.S. Dr. Fukushima’s scholarly works appear in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She values praxis, having implemented community-based research projects and served as an expert witness on human trafficking for immigration, civil, andcriminal cases in multiple US states, including California. Publicity Material Migrant Crossings(Stanford University Press, 2019) 9781503609495Recipient of the American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America’s Book Award on Asian Americaanniefukushima.comPublications