Forum on the Future of Comparative, Postcolonial and Decolonial Work

Comparative Work
Co-Leaders: Bo Wang & Jerry Won Lee

Postcolonial Work
Co-Leaders: Annie Isabel Fukushima & José Cortez

Decolonial Work
Co-Leaders: Lisa Flores & René Agustín De los Santos

Panel Discussion
Co-Leaders: Bo Wang, Jerry Won Lee, José Cortez, Annie Isabel Fukushima, René Agustín De los Santos, and Lisa Flores.

Important Dates:
Participation Acknowledgement due: September 1, 2021
Forum: October 1-2, 2021 (over Zoom)

Missing and Murdered: Women of Color, Transgender, and Indigenous People

Sun, August 8, 2:30 to 3:55pm EDT (11:30am to 12:55pm PDT), VAM, Room 3

American Sociological Association – Special Session

This thematic session grapples with a social phenomenon of missing and murdered people – in particular, how state-based violence coheres with gender-based violence in what is referred to as feminicidio, femicide, feminicide and murder. This session will offer an analysis through state comparisons; in particular, the Mexican and Guatemalan state’s response to feminicidio with that of the U.S. and Canadian state’s response to femicide, to underscore the role of the state in responding to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. And in particular, what is known about death through the organizational responses, such as the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. This session will also provide an intersectional analysis that reconciles the complexity of sex/gender/sexuality systems as they relate to gender-based violence and murder, through the exemplar of the murder of transgender people in the United States. Panelists answer the following questions: What are the patterns and phenomena that a sociology of gender may facilitate to better understand gender-based violence that leads people to be considered “missing” or “murdered”? How do states respond to missing and murdered people, and what are the role of social structures, specialized and traditional justice systems in facilitating (in)action? How may sociological engagement with systems and social movements, through the subject of missing and murdered people, deepen methodology and sociological inquiry? This panel brings together leading social scientists whose contributions bridge together sociology of the law, transnational feminist theory, legal studies, feminist anthropology, and intersectionality. The panelists work from various methodological and analytical approaches.

Session Organizer and Presider: Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima

Presenters: Intersectionality and Impunity: A comparative analysis of feminicidio in Mexico and the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, Paulina Garcia del Moral, University of Guelph

Guatemala and Mam indigenous refugee women, gender-based violence and feminicidio, and access to justice in Guatemala and in U.S. immigration courts, Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon

Unequal Risk: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Murders of Transgender People, Laurel Westbrook, Grand Valley State University

Missing from the count: visualizing the invisible victim in fem(in)icide data, Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph

Review of Migrant Crossings (published in HRQ)

Check it out community!

Migrant Crossings was reviewed by Verjine Adanalian published in Human Rights Quarterly.

Some highlights:

“In Migrant Crossings, as the title might suggest, Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima sets the reader out to experience multiple crossings. In the literal sense, this work crosses through an impressive range of disciplines, including women’s and feminist studies, critical race and ethnic studies, sexuality studies, labor studies, legal studies, and sociology. In the figurative sense, Fukushima has the reader cross from this world into the spooky, abstract world through her “unsettled witnessing” of “ghosts” to her discussions of the “living dead.” By focusing on Asians and Latinx in the United States, Fukushima asks the reader to contemplate how migrants, and specifically victims of human trafficking, “cross into visibility legally, through frames of citizenship, and through narratives of victimhood.” Fukushima’s work is a significant contribution, especially as migration continues to be a hotly debated political and social issue—not only in the United States but worldwide…. Fukushima’s work should be celebrated for the wealth of knowledge and information it has managed to contain in less than 300 pages.”

Verjine Adanalian, Human Rights Quarterly,

Chicana/x & Latina/x Feminisms 2021 – Podcasts

Chicana/x and Latina/x Feminisms

Ethnic Studies 5730-090 / Gender Studies 5730-001

Course location: Online

Spring 2021

Professor: Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima                                                                            


Podcast by Kim
Podcast by Juliette
Title of podcast: “In your feels”

Check out the playlist:

Digital Dialogue Six | Human Rights Beyond Carceral Systems

The Society of Fellows Digital Dialogues series brings together artists, scholars and activists working in a range of disciplines aligning with our current theme of Human Rights: Pasts and Futures. Areas of expertise include studies in art, performance and activism; critical human rights; disability; incarceration; Indigeneity; environmental justice; intersectional rhetorics; migrant and refugee rights; race and citizenship; and sexuality, among others.

In our final dialogue, panelists consider the political utility of human rights frameworks for addressing questions related to carceral systems, including the policing of space, citizenship, identities and difference. Panelists will address the explosion of the prison population in the United States and its link to the technologies of enslavement and also reflect upon the limits of carceral feminism and its turn to policing to resolve gender-based violence. Finally, panelists will consider the role of the arts and humanities in abolitionism and in imagining alternatives to carceral systems.


  • Dionne Custer Edwards (Director of Learning and Public Practice, Wexner Center for the Arts)
  • Annie Isabel Fukushima (Assistant Professor, Division of Ethnic Studies, University of Utah)
  • Tiyi Morris (Associate Professor, Department of African and African American Studies, Ohio State-Newark)
  • Elaine Richardson (Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Ohio State)
  • Mary Thomas (Associate Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State)


  • Jennifer Suchland (Associate Professor, Departments of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Ohio State)

Women’s Week 2021

I have been honored to take on the role as committee chair for the University of Utah’s Women’s Week Committee. For the past ten years, this has emerged as an inspiring list of events that honors womxn, celebrates womxn, and recognizes the important work of womxn leaders. This year’s theme is entitled, “Inspiring a Movement” where we take queue from women leaders to imagine our own leadership roles within – that movements paving the way for societal change have been deeply inspired by womxn leading the way. I am a huge Amber Ruffin fan and was over the moon when she agreed to be our keynote. In addition to hearing from Ruffin, our week of events will include workshops on women who run, leadership workshops from health sciences, we will hear from women in office, and end the week with healing and moving the needle – literally and with visions for social change.

Human Rights: Fair Food at the Kitchen Table

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Friday, January 22, 2021 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Online Via Zoom

Event Type

Panel Discussion, Online



The agricultural industry has many historical ties to slave economies of the past including the demand for cheap labor and commodities. In fact, migrant farm work continues to be one of the most exploited labor sectors in the United States. Migrant labor has been essential for the agricultural industry in western states such as California and Oregon as well as the Mid-West and across the nation. This discussion will focus on the experiences of migrant farm workers to better understand how their working conditions and rights are central to combating human trafficking and ensuring a just food system. Experts will discuss the legacies of slave economies and immigration law on contemporary migrant farm workers’ rights as well as the ongoing farmworker civil rights movement to ensure their fair treatment. The discussion will also highlight the ongoing work of the Coalition for Immokalee Workers, an internationally recognized farmworker organization, and feature two anti-trafficking scholar-activists.  Participants will learn about how the struggle for fair wages, work safety, and the human rights of farm workers is central to combating unfreedom today.

The Coalition for Immokalee Workers is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in fighting human trafficking and gender-based violence at work.  The CIW is also recognized for pioneering the design and development of the Worker-driven Social Responsibility paradigm, a worker-led, market-enforced approach to the protection of human rights in corporate supply chains. Two CIW speakers will join the webinar, Uriel Zelaya-Perez and Silvia Perez.

Dr. Jennifer Suchland is a scholar-activist and associate professor at Ohio State University with over a decade of research and advocacy experience in human trafficking and critical human rights. Her expertise in legal and feminist studies focuses on the intersections between economic, gender, and racial justice. She currently is an ACLS/Mellon Foundation Scholars & Society fellow (2020-2021) at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center collaborating on a project entitled Abolition Today.

Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is a KoreXicana scholar-activist and assistant professor at the University of Utah with expertise is in labor, migration, and human trafficking. She has published widely on these topics including her recent award-winning book, Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. In addition to her extensive scholarship, she is a frequent community consultant on issues relating to human trafficking and migrant rights and is a member of the Freedom Network.

Registration is required:

American Sociological Association 2021 – Special Session

Missing and Murdered: Women of Color, Transgender, and Indigenous People
(Session Organizer) Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah; (Presider) Annie Isabel Fukushima,
University of Utah

This thematic session grapples with a social phenomenon of missing and murdered people – in particular, how state‐based violence coheres with gender‐based violence in what is referred to as feminicidio, femicide, feminicide and murder. This session will offer an analysis through state comparisons; in particular, the Mexican and Guatemalan state’s response to feminicidio with that of the U.S. and Canadian state’s response to femicide, to underscore the role of the state in responding to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. And in particular, what is known about death through the organizational responses, such as the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. This session will also provide an intersectional analysis that reconciles the complexity of sex/gender/sexuality systems as they relate to gender‐based violence and murder, through the exemplar of the murder of transgender people in the United States. Panelists answer the following questions: What are the patterns and phenomena that a sociology of gender may facilitate to better understand gender‐based violence that leads people to be considered “missing” or “murdered”? How do states respond to missing and murdered people, and what are the role of social structures, specialized and traditional justice systems in facilitating (in)action? How may sociological engagement with systems and social movements, through the subject of missing and murdered people, deepen methodology and sociological inquiry? This panel brings together leading social scientists whose contributions bridge together sociology of the law, transnational feminist theory, legal studies, feminist anthropology, and intersectionality. The panelists work from various methodological and analytical approaches.

  • Missing from the count: Visualizing the invisible victim in fem[in]icide data, Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph
  • Intersectionality and Impunity: A comparative analysis of feminicidio in Mexico and the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, Paulina Garcia del Moral, University of Guelph
  • Guatemala and Mam indigenous refugee women, gender‐based violence and feminicidio, and access to justice in Guatemala and in U.S. immigration courts, Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon
  • Unequal Risk: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Murders of Transgender People, Laurel Westbrook, Grand Valley State University

Relationship Violence Toolkit for Educators

During #DVAM2020 the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium partnered with Fight Against Domestic Violence to create the “Relationship Violence Toolkit for Educators.” The toolkit is for educators, where content is organized to include suggestions for teaching from those new to the issues (101) to those more advanced in their knowledge (201 and 301).

The Gender-Based Violence Consortium at the University of Utah brings together an interdisciplinary team of scholars representing multiple colleges across campus. The consortium is an inter-professional collaboration, a campus scholarly network that embodies an academic commitment to sharing knowledge, supporting long-term collaborations through research hubs, creating programming, sharing teaching and responding to gender-based violence in Utah.

The mission of Fight Against Domestic Violence is to generate resources for domestic violence survivors and service providers through corporate, individual, and community partnerships.

Special acknowledgements to the authors and co-creators of the toolkit: Brooke Muir (Fight Against Domestic Violence), Heather Harris, Dr. Jessie Lynn Richards (University of Utah), Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima (University of Utah), and Diane Le Strain (University of Utah).

To receive updates about gender-based violence, learn more about how you may be involved, please contact Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima

Title IX

Know Your IX

ACLU Title IX Fact Sheet

Summary of Title IX Final Rule

NVRDC Fact Sheet about new Title IX Regulations

Links for Title IX Coordinators & Reporting Procedures for students

University of Utah

Brigham Young University

Utah State University

Utah Valley University

Dixie State University

Salt Lake Community College

Snow College

Southern Utah University

Weber State

Westminster College

Issues students face:

  • Confidential v. nonconfidential resources
  • Roles of mandated reporters – students, faculty, staff
  • Student legal representation, particularly low-income survivors
  • Safety v. prevention initiatives
  • Re-traumatization


Professors’ Experiences With Student Disclosures of Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence: How “Helping” Students Can Inform Teaching Practices
Branch, Kathryn A ; Hayes-Smith, Rebecca ; Richards, Tara N
Feminist Criminology, 2011-01, Vol.6 (1), p.54-75

Survivors of Gendered Violence in the Feminist Classroom
Lee, Janet
Violence Against Women, 2008-12, Vol.14 (12), p.1451-146

Seeing Life in their Shoes: Fostering Empathy Toward Victims of Interpersonal Violence through Five Active Learning Activities
Clevenger, Shelly ; Navarro, Jordana N ; Gregory, Lydia K
Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2017-07-03, Vol.28 (3), p.393-410

How to Support

Utah’s Domestic Violence Coalition

YWCA of Utah

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Rape Recovery Center Crisis Line 801-467-7273 

Love Is Respect

Campus Resources

Safe U

Advocacy/Mental Health

Contact a Victim Advocate

University Police 801-585-2677

Research and Publishing during Covid-19

Utah State University

Tuesday, November 10th

12:00 – 1:00 pm MST

Location: Zoom

This discussion will explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scholarly research and publishing. Travel restrictions, retracted funding, delayed or halted projects, and an increase in caretaker and other personal responsibilities at home compound to create unprecedented  challenges for producing and publishing research. Early indicators show women, those with significant unpaid care responsibilities, and members of minoritized groups have been disproportionately impacted. For graduate students and early career faculty who depend on research and publication for promotion and tenure, the stakes are especially high. Join our panelists for a conversation about the how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the research landscape.


  • Dr. Avery Edenfield, Assistant Professor, English, USU 
  • Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah 
  • Becky Thoms, Head of Digital Initiatives, Merrill-Cazier Library, USU 
  • Dr. Elizabeth Vargis, Associate Professor, Biological Engineering, USU 

Questions? Contact Rachel Wishkoski, USU Libraries: or (435) 797-5371


Title: Witnessing Gender-Based Violence Across Borders

Symposium: Sex, Gender, and Women’s Health Across the Lifespan, Virtual Symposium:
Presenter: Annie Fukushima, PhD, University of Utah
Date: 5/14/20
Brief Description: Discussing gendered violence across various types of borders
Keywords/Main Subjects: Borders, gender-based violence, domestic violence
Copyright: copyright Annie Fukushima ©2020

Video Available: Migrant Crossings Book Launch Panel with AAADS and Eastwind Books

Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Co-sponsors UC Berkeley Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Asian Pacific American Students Development, University of California, Berkeley Event.

ZOOM Panel discussion about Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. by Annie Isabel Fukushima (Author) 

Guest panelists:

Cindy C. Liou, Esq. is the State Policy Director at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) working to provide legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States. 

Carolyn Kim is the Managing Attorney at Justice At Last and specializes in legal advocacy for survivors of all forms of human trafficking located in the Bay Area. 

Hediana Utarti is the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator/Community Advocate at San Francisco Asian Women’s Shelter

For more information contact

Author Meets Readers with Annie Isabel Fukushima – October 28

Join me, the Tanner Humanities Center at University of Utah, and Transform with panelists Caren Frost, Sarita Gaytan, Erika George moderated by Edmund Fong. We will reflect on my book and celebrate that I received a book award from American Sociological Association section on Asia and Asian America.

October 28, 2020 @ 4PM PDT / 5PM MDT / 7PM EDT

WiHMS Webinar: Fighting Gender-Based Violence

October 7th 3PM PDT / 4PM MDT / 6PM EDT

As the Project Lead and Co-Principal Investigator, for the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium, I will be joined with Dr. Marta McCrum, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery to discuss “Fighting Gender-Based Violence.” We will share from our line of work and research the effects of gender-based violence and how to fight against it. Event hosts: Dr. Yoshimi Anzai and Dr. Leslie Halpern, Co-Directors of Women in Health, Medicine & Science.

This webinar is a part of WiHMS strategy to provide monthly events on topics that are critical to women in healthcare professions.

Registration is required:

Decolonial Feminist Praxis: Centering knowledge & resistance at the margins Edited Anthology – Call for Submissions.

Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima & Dr. K. Melchor Hall, Editors Editors: Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall

Knowledge production occurs in a range of institutional apparatuses: education, political, religion, legal, cultural, and media and communication based. Through these institutions, subjects are disciplined into citizens, where colonial logics of “us” versus “them” take hold. As global pandemic, environmental catastrophe, political oppression, ongoing state-based violence and uncertain futures occur, it is ever more pressing that communities cohere to share the modalities and visions that make possible insurgent knowledge and praxis. As foregrounded in the Feminist Freedom Warriors collaborative book (2018) and web archive ( of Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Linda Carty, feminist scholars, organizers, and activists must “sustain radical struggles against neoliberal, transnational capital, carceral, national-security-driven nation-states, and the rise of racist, right-wing, authoritarian regimes in the United States and around the world.” Mohanty and Carty foreground “the urgency of a decolonial, anti-capitalist, anti-racist resistance,” that is “building coalitions and solidarity across struggles.” Mohanty and Carty (2018) highlight how feminist freedom warriors engage resist and build coalitions with an imaginative and courageous spirit. This anthology will be curated attention to this kind of a feminist praxis.

As Chandra Talpade Mohanty conveyed, emancipatory knowledge is “communally wrought.” And a genealogy of scholars and practitioners have shaped the way revolutionary thinking and methodologies have been thought, the relationship between colonization and the archive, and the radical possibility in transnational feminist organizing. We have learned from the Feminist Freedom Warriors that, “because communities struggle on the basis of ideas and visions of justice and equity, the intellectual and political work of knowledge production is always key to all forms of social movements and resistance.” As the Feminist Freedom Warriors paved a way to illuminate a genealogy of thinking and praxis, this call for proposals invites community organizers, activists, scholars who choose the life of the precariat, feminist scholar-activists disrupting and shifting the margin to the center, and anyone who seeks to imagine a decolonial future through insurgent knowledge creation, resistance, and decolonial praxis.

Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall, editors of the anthology, are former fellows of the Democratizing Knowledge Summer Institute. Dr. Fukushima is a KoreXicana scholar-activist, author of award-winning book Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US, Co-Principal Investigator for the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium, and Co-Lead for the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects Migratory Times, a collaboration with the Center for Arts Design and Social Research. Dr. K. Melchor Quick Hall is the author of Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Writing in Darkness and host of the related transnational Black feminist online series of conversations with Black feminist artists and activists. Hall is a faculty member in the Human and Organizational Development programs at Fielding Graduate University’s School of Leadership Studies. She is also a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center and an instructor with Boston University’s Prison Education Program.

Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall invite contributions of scholarly, creative, and visual works that share diverse modes of decolonial praxis. We invite contributors to consider the following themes:
● Activism and feminist transnational movements
● Anti-racist pedagogies, education of the commons
● Arts as resistance, arts and social change
● Communities and technologies of resistance
● Decolonized archives and historical forms of remembering
● Decolonizing food: from radical gardens to collective food-ways
● For the commons: Water, air, and the environment – knowledge and ancestors
● Responding to state violence through radical epistemologies

We invite single author, co-authored, collaborative, and collective works including but not limited to the following forms:
● Interview / dialogue
● Lexicon/vocabulary
● Manifestos
● Multimodal work
● Poetry/fiction
● Scholarly essay/article
● Testimonio

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due September 1, 2020. Full manuscript submissions should not exceed 6,000 words, including notes and references. Format citations in Chicago style (Author date). Submit to: Full submissions are due December 31, 2020. Critical to a decolonizing and feminist knowledge praxis is dialogue and collective sharing. Therefore, accepted submissions will be invited to participate in a virtual dialogue with the editors and Democratizing Knowledge Institute fellows and faculty during the month of March 2021. After receiving collective feedback, authors will be invited to submit a revised and final draft for publication June 1st, 2021.

Questions? Email: and

2020 Award Recognition from ASA Section on Asia and Asian American

Today, please join me – I am receiving the American Sociological Association’s Section on Asia and Asian America 2020 Book Award on Asian America.

What an honor to be recognized by my colleagues. I hope other scholars who deeply think through race, gender, and violence will see the centrality of addressing such issues through interdisciplinary frames and methodologies. Solutions to real world social dilemmas means being inspired through a praxis of witnessing, and through an ethnic studies methodology of the bricoleur.

4:30PM PDT, August 8th @ the ASA AAA Business Meeting, Virtual Engagement Event

Registration for the Virtual Engagement Event is free for ASA members and $25 for non-members. If you registered for the in-person ASA Annual Meeting as a member, your registration fee has been refunded and your registration remains valid.

University of Utah GBVC covered in the Salt Lake Tribune

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.

Visit the link to read the full article.

University of Utah researchers team up to study gender-based violence in state

by Becky Jacobs

The role of technology

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:

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’,


By Leticia Alvarez GutiérrezAnnie Isabel Fukushima and Marie Sarita Gaytán

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.[1] 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.[2] Additionally, 65% of Latinxs experienced pay cuts or layoffs since the onset of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.[3] 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. [4]

Latinx Talk

Read the entire article by visiting Latinx Talk:

ZOOM Author and panel discussion Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.Annie Isabel Fukushima (Author)



Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Co-sponsors UC Berkeley Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Asian Pacific American Students Development, University of California, Berkeley present:

July 26, 2020 Sunday 3PM pst

ZOOM Author and panel discussion Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.Annie Isabel Fukushima (Author) 

Guest panelists:

Cindy C. Liou, Esq. is the State Policy Director at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) working to provide legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States. 

Carolyn Kim is the Managing Attorney at Justice At Last and specializes in legal advocacy for survivors of all forms of human trafficking located in the Bay Area. 

Hediana Utarti is the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator/Community Advocate at San Francisco Asian Women’s Shelter

For more information contact


Free Ticket RSVP


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

Eastwind Books of Berkeley
2066 University Avenue; Berkeley, CA 94704
phone: 510 548-2350 fax: 510 548-3697  email:

Mapping gender-based violence

By Morgan Aguilar

A group of nine University of Utah researchers hopes to increase public recognition of gender-based violence (GBV) through the Gender-based Violence Consortium. The interdisciplinary team of scholars represents multiple colleges across campus who came together to apply for a seed research grant from the vice president of research and the One U for Utah (IU4U) grant. The IU4U initiative is designed to seed faculty collaborations in areas of mutual research interest and opportunity.

“It was very striking to me that many of us have been doing work around gender-based violence issues but we had never been in the same room together,” said Annie Isabel Fukushima, a professor of ethnic studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation and the project owner of the GBV Consortium. “The One U for U program helps create that infrastructure for us to collaborate.”

Read full length article here at this Source: Mapping gender-based violence

Food Matters: Trafficked Transnational Migrants’ Experiences and the Matrix of Food (In)Security

Annie Isabel Fukushima Journal of Human Rights Practice, huaa024,

Published: 24 June 2020

This article traces a particular object, food, in the context of the human rights violation of human trafficking of transnational migrant labourers, to answer: how does food come to matter for transnational migrants who labour in the United States and experience abuse in the form of human trafficking? To answer the research question, this article employs a qualitative method—thematic analysis of human trafficking court complaints in the legal system (N¼133). Through scavenging legal complaints made by transnational migrant labourers in the United States between 2000 and 2017, the author provides a novel framework: a matrix of food (in)security. A matrix of food (in)security is a framework describes how food is socially, politically, and legally articulated in transnational migration: food as a weapon of abuse, food (in)security, and workers in a food chain.
Keywords: abuse; food chains; food insecurity; human trafficking; immigration; labour

Book Review of Migrant Crossings – in Humanity & Society

I want to share the review of Migrant Crossings. Deep appreciation to Dr. Ceron-Ananya at Leigh University. Some highlights of the review:

“Migrant Crossings offers an anti-racist, feminist, and decolonial analysis of the act of crossing borders, particularly concerning violence and human trafficking. In the current world, where the voices calling for higher walls and stricter policies against documented and undocumented migrants are on the rise, Migrant Crossings seeks to emphasize the colonial tropes that dominate most narratives about migration, even the good ones. The book uses multiple legal cases to demonstrate how gender, class, and racial dynamics profoundly informed the binary paradigms—that is, victim/ criminal, legal/illegal, and honorable/deviant—through which migration is understood in the United States and the West. The book invites the reader to develop new forms of seeing and witnessing the highly complex issues of migration and human trafficking” (pp. 237 – 238).

“Overall, the book draws from multiple theoretical traditions that will require scaffolding when assigning it to undergraduate students. The book, however, will be an appropriate reading for graduate courses on immigration, human rights, gender, women studies, global economy, ethnic studies, and criminology. For policymakers, it raises important considerations of how implicit theories and assumptions translate into discriminatory practices, even as we set out to liberate those we have identified as victims” (p. 239).

Ceron-Ananya, H. (2020). Book Review: Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US, Humanity & Society, 44(2), 237 – 239.

The Sociology of Human Rights and COVID-19.

Footnotes: A publication of American Sociological Association’s May/June 2020 special issue is a Special Issue: Sociologists and Sociology during COVID-19. My co-authored article, “The Sociology of Human Rights and COVID-19,” is included; this submission is co-authored with Joachim J. Savelsberg, an amazing human rights sociologist at University of Minnesota.

Four axioms show the effect of the COVID-19 situation on human rights and the relevance of the sociology of human rights in the current era. Each axiom is followed by U.S. (Fukushima) and global (Savelsberg) illustrations.


“World”-Making and “World”-Travelling with Decolonial Feminisms and Women of Color

Guest Editors’ Introduction by Wanda Alarcón, Dalida María Benfield, Annie Isabel Fukushima, and Marcelle Maese


Love has to be rethought, made anew.—María Lugones (1987)

We are in good company in our engagement with María Lugones. This special issue arrives soon after the 2019 anthology Speaking Face to Face: The Visionary Philosophy of María Lugones and anticipates more collections gathering various conversations and points of entry into her important decolonial feminist thought.1 We chose Lugones’s 1987 essay “Playfulness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception” as the invitation to this conversation because of how it positions love as central to the project of coalition.2 We are so in need of both at the present moment. The importance of making political the loving relation between women of color also echoes Lugones’s early 1983 conversation with Elizabeth Spelman about feminist coalition, “Have We Got a Theory for You! Feminist Theory, Cultural Imperialism, and the Demand for ‘the Woman’s’ Voice.”3 In this innovative essay, Lugones and Spelman write in different voices and in Spanish and English, retaining the textures of their differences, to arrive at a sense of solidarity, even when as they write “[they] could not say we.”4 Lugones and Spelman appeal for a theory-making process in which theory or an account is helpful if among other qualities, “it enables one to see how parts of one’s life fit together”; it allows one to “locate oneself concretely in the world”; and “there is reason to believe that knowing what a theory means and believing it to be true have some connection to resistance and change.”5 Theory and coalition are helpful if they not only comprehend worlds but also remake them. They also affirm friendship, not reducible to sameness nor alienated by differences, as the only viable motive for white or Anglo women to make theory with women of color. As Lugones states: “The [End Page x] only motive that makes sense to me for your joining us in this investigation is the motive of friendship, out of friendship.”6 Without these frameworks of theory, coalition, and friendship, it is difficult if not impossible, to see the politics and the practices of radical women of color writing.

We also structured our call for this special issue with language invoking another movement in Lugones’s writing, “Toward a Decolonial Feminism,” with a desire to think about the concepts of women of color and decolonial feminisms in complex interrelation.7 We take the opportunity here to amplify Lugones’s contribution to decolonial theory. Using the framework of coloniality and decoloniality elaborated by Anibal Quijano and Michael Ennis8 and many other scholars, activists, and artists, Lugones’s critical engagement with the shifting contours of women of color, the coloniality of power and gender, and decolonial feminisms produces new proposals for resistance. In “Hetero-sexualism and the Colonial/Modern Gender System,” Lugones analyzes the colonial/modern gender system and its imposition of the gender binary and heterosexualism.9 This analysis creates a new field for praxical coalition and reconstructing non-binary subjectivities outside the colonial matrix of power. Lugones also interrogates origin stories and the times and places of our pasts and futures, including a recognition of Indigenous thought and practices that persist in their resistance to coloniality. In tandem, let us also consider as a consequence, Lugones’s different way of thinking of the term “women of color” as one that expands our understanding to include women who are not “backed by a collective memory” of belonging to a legible diaspora within the United States.10 Through this deepening of women of color as a coalitional term, Lugones echoes her earlier appeal to enact what she conceives of as “world”-travelling.

“World”-travelling must not be forgotten in a praxis of decolonial feminisms. It encourages us to drop our enchantment with naturalized ideas about community and offers a pedagogy for learning “an ethics of coalitionin-the making.”11 In “Playfulness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception,” Lugones’s loving solution to arrogant perception is accompanied with an exploration…



Your Lips: Mapping Afro-Boricua Feminist Becomings
Yomaira C. Figueroa

Decolonial Feminism as Reflexive Praxis: Lugones’s “World”-Travelling as Stories of Friendship in Academia
Jesica Siham FernándezKara HisatakeAngela Nguyen

A Decolonial Feminist Epistemology of the Bed: A Compendium Incomplete of Sick and Disabled Queer Brown Femme Bodies of Knowledge
Tala KhanmalekHeidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

I Love You
Tamara Al-Mashouk

Zapateado Rebelde in “Somos Sur”: A Feminist Performance of Transnational Women of Color Border Artivism
Leslie Quintanilla

On Digital Decolonization: A Conversation with Morehshin Allahyari
Abdullah QureshiMorehshin Allahyari

“World”-Travelling and Transnational Feminist Praxis in Women Who Blow on Knots
Şule Akdoğan

Tantear Practices in Popular Education: Reaching for Each Other in the Dark
Linnea Beckett

Lugones, Munóz, and the Radical Potential of (Dis)identificatory Feminist Love for “World”-Making Beyond the Academe
Andrea N. Baldwin

“Pedagogies of the Broken-Hearted”: Notes on a Pedagogy of Breakage, Women of Color Feminist Decolonial Movidas, and Armed Love in the Classroom/Academy
Anne (Anna) Ríos-Rojas

Decolonizing Identity in Performance: Claiming My Mother Tongue in Suppression of Absence
Serap Erincin

“World”-Travelling the Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers: Zooming the Cracks between Worlds
C. Alejandra Elenes

Artist Statement: The Electrics
Linda Vallejo

Migrant Crossings Receives ASA Book Award on Asian America

It is such an honor to announce that my book Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. has been selected to receive the American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America’s Book Award on Asian America.

There are so many people to thank including my press and the people who birthed the project, the Ethnic Studies Division at the University of Utah, and many, many friends and family who support my work. I also want to appreciate the award committee: Drs. Emily Walton (chair), Sebastian Cherng, and Helene K. Lee;

A virtual award ceremony will be held during the AAA business meeting on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 4:30-5:10 pm (Pacific Time) as scheduled in the ASA program. Please join us to celebrate the recipients for their achievements. 
Topic: ASA AAA Business Meeting
Time: Aug 8, 2020 04:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Webinar – The Role of Technology in Human Trafficking and Anti-Trafficking

8 June at 8am PDT / 3 pm UTC. See more and sign up here

Sex, Gender and Women’s Health Across the Lifespan – Virtual Symposium, May 14, 2020

We are excited to be holding our first VIRTUAL Symposium on May 14 from 1-5pm: Sex, Gender and Women’s Health Across the Lifespan.  It is brought to you by the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Eccles Health Sciences Library.  

Peak at the schedule:

1:00-1:15pm: Welcome and Announcements

1:15-1:45pm: The Status of Women in Utah: Education, Leadership and Well-Being

Susan Madsen, PhD: Professor of Leadership & Ethics, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University

1:45-2:30pm: K12 Scholar Presentations: WRHR (Womens’s Reproductive Health Research) and BIRCWH(Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health)

Nathan Blue, MD: Exploring Genetic Variation in Normal and Diseased Human Placentas

Marcela Smid,MD: Progesterone, Post-partum Women & Preventing Methamphetamine Use: Applying Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Favorite Medicine to Perinatal Substance Abuse

Leah Owen, MD: Modeling Protection through Preeclampsia

Laura Pace, MD, PhD: The Role of Gender in the Diagnosis & Treatment of Complex Disorders

2:35-3:05pm: New Thinking on Sex, Gender, Transgender and Non-Binary Identities

Lisa Diamond, PhD: Professor, Gender Studies & Psychology, University of Utah

3:05-3:25pm: Data Blitz – presentations TBA

3:30-4:00pm: Witnessing Gender-Based Violence Across Borders:

Annie I. Fukushima, PhD: School of Cultural & Social Transformation, Div. of Ethnic Studies University of Utah

4:00-5:00pm: OB/GYN Grand Rounds Presentation:

Evidence-Based Clinical Care for Midlife Women: What do Research and Clinical Guidelines Tell Us?

Marjorie R Jenkins, MD MEdHP FACP: Dean, UofSC School of Medicine Greenville, Chief Academic Officer, Prisma Health Upstate

There is a link on the attachment, or you can REGISTER HERE

Please share this with your colleagues and students. Everyone is welcome.

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Call for papers: Anti-Trafficking Education: Pedagogy, Policy, and Activism


Anti-Trafficking Education: Pedagogy, Policy, and Activism

Guest Editors: Annie Isabel Fukushima, Annie Hill, and Jennifer Suchland

Deadline for submissions: 15 November 2020

Teaching and learning about trafficking far exceed the boundaries of the traditional student and classroom. Students range from novice to expert across various professions and industries as well as survivors of, and witnesses to, trafficking. From short-form workshops to long-term engagements, anti-trafficking education is a growing field that impacts multiple sectors, including the medical profession, social work, hospitality, travel, and law enforcement. In response to the proliferation of anti-trafficking education, this special issue of Anti-Trafficking Review will endeavour to assess, understand, and share pedagogical approaches and practices within the anti-trafficking movement.

Although anti-trafficking education is often localised, it has global and transnational implications. Educational offerings aim to cultivate a breadth of skills from identifying trafficking situations to training and supporting survivors, with impacts that not only affect practices and policies but also create knowledge about what constitutes trafficking. Programmes for survivors may be optional or mandatory and include vocational, language, or financial literacy classes. Anti-trafficking education is also institutionalised by local and national governments, and it appears in college classrooms, MOOCs (massive open online courses), and even, in some contexts, as part of legislated local responses to trafficking.

In addition to facilitating teaching and learning that prioritises trafficking interventions and survivor support, some educational strategies try to prevent human trafficking. As such, anti-trafficking education targets groups deemed at risk, particularly young people and potential migrants. For example, pre-departure trainings in Asia and Africa reveal how such interventions have grown from a public awareness focus to actualising efforts that prevent trafficking at its ‘source’.

This special issue of Anti-Trafficking Review invites scholars, activists, practitioners, survivors, and others involved in anti-trafficking education to evaluate and share how they disseminate knowledge about trafficking. In addition to generating much-needed assessments of anti-trafficking pedagogical practices, the special issue will consider how anti-trafficking education is a growing field where facts, truths, lessons, and approved interventions become established. This established (yet contested) knowledge circulates and competes for audiences and funding. Moreover, social justice projects – such as those advocating for the rights of migrants, workers, and incarcerated survivors of domestic and sexual violence, or demanding justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women – challenge racialised, gendered, colonial, and economic violence. Yet, there are tensions about whether and how anti-trafficking education diverts attention and resources away from these longstanding efforts.

We invite submissions that analyse anti-trafficking education in a variety of contexts and from diverse perspectives, as well as contributions that assess instructional materials, use or propose innovative pedagogies, and/or advocate for coalitional practices that teach about trafficking from an intersectional and cross-issue framework.

Contributors are invited to engage with, but need not limit themselves to, the following questions:

  • What are the promising practices for educating anti-trafficking stakeholders (e.g., social service and healthcare providers, lawyers, activists, community-based organisation workers, etc.) and the people deemed vulnerable to trafficking, such as migrants and youth? What obstacles, assumptions, and side effects exist, and are they addressed by instructors and instructional materials? How are instructors trained and supported to deliver educational materials on trafficking?
  • How do indigeneity, race, class, gender, nationality, and/or sexuality impact pedagogical approaches, practices, and student-instructor dynamics? Have western perspectives on human trafficking furthered imperial forms of knowing? What types of education are modelling practices that centralise indigenous and alternative ways of knowing, skill sharing, and disseminating information about human trafficking?
  • How has the development of survivor-led outreach and educational programming altered teaching and trainings on human trafficking?
  • What is the current landscape of online instruction on human trafficking? What opportunities and consequences arise when teaching in online contexts rather than in person? Additionally, what results from the proliferation of online and in-person pedagogical platforms as tools in anti-trafficking agendas?
  • What might we learn by analysing the various constituencies that are drawn to, or required to, become informed on the topic?
  • What are the goals and results of trafficking education for scholars, activists, practitioners, students, and people affected by trafficking and anti-trafficking agendas? How are goals and results measured, and how might negative effects (e.g., misinformation, re-traumatisation, misguided interventions) be mitigated against when planning and implementing educational materials and experiences?
  • How can anti-trafficking pedagogical practices connect to and reinforce longstanding social justice initiatives, such as those advocating for the rights of migrants, workers, incarcerated survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and indigenous and native sovereignty? How are trainers and educators creating and advancing anti-trafficking curricula and content in coalition with affinity movements (e.g., immigration, anti-racist, feminist, labour, etc.)? How can such education connect social justice work with other critical anti-trafficking approaches?

Deadline for submissions: 15 November 2020.

Word count for full article submissions: 5,000 – 7,000 words, including footnotes, author bio and abstract.

In addition to full-length conceptual, research-based, or case study thematic papers, we invite authors to contribute short pieces for a Forum Section on the topic of trafficking and education. We particularly encourage practitioners with diverse expertise in trafficking education to reflect on their experiences, teaching strategies, curriculum design, and/or target audiences in order to provide practical examples and advice for others in the field of trafficking education. We envision contributors potentially offering sample exercises, syllabi, or education materials as well as exploring the challenges and benefits involved in educating different groups about trafficking. 

Word count for Forum submissions: 1,000 – 1,200 words, including footnotes and author bio.

We advise those interested in submitting to follow the Review’s style guide and submission procedures, available at Manuscripts should be submitted in line with the issue’s theme. Email the editorial team at with any queries.

Special Issue to be published in September 2021.

Multiplicity of stigma: cultural barriers in anti-trafficking response

Annie Isabel Fukushima, Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons, Lindsay Gezinski, Lauren Clark



The purpose of this study is to contribute to the social understanding of stigma as a societal and cultural barrier in the life of a survivor of human trafficking. The findings illustrate several ways where stigma is internal, interpersonal and societal and impacts survivors’ lives, including the care they receive.


This study used qualitative methods. Data collection occurred during 2018 with efforts such as an online survey (n = 45), focus groups (two focus groups of seven participants each) and phone interviews (n = 6). This study used thematic analysis of qualitative data.


The research team found that a multiplicity of stigma occurred for the survivors of human trafficking, where stigma occurred across three levels from micro to meso to macro contexts. Using interpretive analysis, the researchers conceptualized how stigma is not singular; rather, it comprises the following: bias in access to care; barriers of shaming, shunning and othering; misidentification and mislabeling; multiple levels of furthering how survivors are deeply misunderstood and a culture of mistrust.

Research limitations/implications

While this study was conducted in a single US city, it provides an opportunity to create dialogue and appeal for more research that will contend with a lens of seeing a multiplicity of stigma regardless of the political climate of the context. It was a challenge to recruit survivors to participate in the study. However, survivor voices are present in this study and the impetus of the study’s focus was informed by survivors themselves. Finally, this study is informed by the perspectives of researchers who are not survivors; moreover, collaborating with survivor researchers at the local level was impossible because there were no known survivor researchers available to the team.

Practical implications

There are clinical responses to the narratives of stigma that impact survivors’ lives, but anti-trafficking response must move beyond individualized expectations to include macro responses that diminish multiple stigmas. The multiplicity in stigmas has meant that, in practice, survivors are invisible at all levels of response from micro, meso to macro contexts. Therefore, this study offers recommendations for how anti-trafficking responders may move beyond a culture of stigma towards a response that addresses how stigma occurs in micro, meso and macro contexts.

Social implications

The social implications of examining stigma as a multiplicity is central to addressing how stigma continues to be an unresolved issue in anti-trafficking response. Advancing the dynamic needs of survivors both in policy and practice necessitates responding to the multiple and overlapping forms of stigma they face in enduring and exiting exploitative conditions, accessing services and integrating back into the community.


This study offers original analysis of how stigma manifested for the survivors of human trafficking. Building on this dynamic genealogy of scholarship on stigma, this study offers a theory to conceptualize how survivors of human trafficking experience stigma: a multiplicity of stigma. A multiplicity of stigma extends existing research on stigma and human trafficking as occurring across three levels from micro, meso to macro contexts and creating a system of oppression. Stigma cannot be reduced to a singular form; therefore, this study argues that survivors cannot be understood as experiencing a singular form of stigma.



The researchers would like to acknowledge the funds received from the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, Dr Jennifer Seelig, the Salt Lake City Council and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, which supported a city-wide needs assessment. The findings and recommendations presented in this article are those of the authors and do not represent the official positions or policies of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, the Salt Lake City Council or the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Offices. The authors would also like to thank the Social Research Institute of the College of Social Work at University of Utah and graduate assistance from Allison O’Connor, MSW, LCSW and Lyndsi Drysdale. Additionally, the authors are grateful to the guest editor Dr Sarbinaz Bekmuratova, the anonymous reviewers and the editorial team at the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.


Fukushima, A.I.Gonzalez-Pons, K.Gezinski, L. and Clark, L. (2020), “Multiplicity of stigma: cultural barriers in anti-trafficking response”, International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Mobility & Temporality – May the 4th with Migratory Times

May 4th, 10AM PDT / 1PM EDT / 7PM CEST


You are invited to a Salon on Mobility & Temporality with Migratory Times. Migratory Times is a project of the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects and Center for Arts, Design and Social Research. IiS is a transnational feminist collective producing art and education events and a collectively edited online open access journal of art and writing. Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, Inc., US based non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting independent arts, design, and research focused on positive social impact, globally.

With Crystal Baik (University of California, Riverside), Anyely Marin and Rebecca Close (Critical Dias, Spain), José Manuel Cortez (University of Oregon), Romeo García (University of Utah), Latipa (University of California, Riverside), Jackline Kemigisa (Uganda), Isabelle Massu (Institut des Beaux Arts de Besançon, France), Alejandro Perez (Berkeley City College), Jennifer Reimer (FWF Lise Meitner), Daphne Taylor-Garcia (University of California, San Diego).

Facilitators: Annie Isabel Fukushima & Dalida Maria Benfield (Migratory Times)

Mentees presenting at Undergraduate Research Symposium at University of Utah

Check out some of my mentees presenting their projects at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. #proudprofessor.






“Witnessing in a Time of Homeland Futurities”

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Annie Isabel Fukushima from the University of Utah speaks about her article “Witnessing in a Time of Homeland Futurities”, due to be published on 27 April. “Current US rhetorical strategies of imagining a future of the homeland have led to the creation and utilisation of new technologies to contain and manage the border. These responses to the US border and immigration impact anti-trafficking efforts, sustaining a ‘homeland futurity’. Homeland futurity draws on and extends discourses of emergency that solidify borders as dangerous and risky. This article traces how homeland futurities emerged in US anti-trafficking efforts. Drawing upon interviews and focus group discussions with service providers and survivors of violence in San Francisco, the article demonstrates how migrant labourers are impacted by a discourse of threat and containment of the border. However, migrant labourers and their allies are innovating to secure a life that mitigates risk through migrant labourers’ use of technology. This article illustrates through the example of how technology may facilitate opportunities of future visioning by migrant labourers beyond a homeland futurity, to enact practices that bring to the centre migrants and their experiences through social networking and information sharing on job prospects.”

Publication of Issue 14 of Anti-Trafficking Review, ‘Technology, Anti-Trafficking, and Speculative Futures’

Guest Editors: Jennifer Musto and Mitali Thakor Editor: Borislav Gerasimov 

Over the past decade, scholars, activists, and policymakers have repeatedly called for an examination of the role of technology as a contributing force to human trafficking and exploitation. Attention has focused on a range of issues – from adult services websites and the use of social media to recruit victims to the utilisation of data analytics software to understand trafficking and identify ‘hotspots of risk’. At the same time, technology has also been positioned as a disruptor of human trafficking that can be reworked and transformed ‘from a liability into an asset’. Yet, critical anti-trafficking scholars have cautioned that claims about the relationship between technology and trafficking rely on limited data and a number of assumptions.
The new issue of Anti-Trafficking Review explores these assumptions and the currently available technological tools that purport to address trafficking and exploitation. An article by Sanja Milivojevic, Heather Moore, and Marie Segrave traces the discourse surrounding technology and (anti-)trafficking since the early 2000s and outlines four common myths on which it is built. The authors call for more evidence but also more attention to issues such as fair labour migration regimes and decent work. Three articles – by Stephanie Limoncelli; Laurie Berg, Bassina Farbenblum, and Angela Kintominas; and Annie Isabel Fukushima – analyse various apps developed with the goal of combating exploitation. They show that many of these apps have limited, if any, benefit for trafficked persons or at-risk groups, while largely reinforcing neoliberal economic ideologies about the limited role of governments in regulating businesses. Such apps can only be useful when they are developed by, for, and with the people meant to use them, as Fukushima’s article demonstrates. Another three articles focus on the practice of shutting down websites hosting sex work ads as a way to reduce trafficking in the sex industry. Samantha Majic compares the public reactions to the shutting down of MyRedbook and Rentboy – sites used by, respectively, female and gay male sex workers. She urges the LGBT movement to overcome its ‘respectability politics’ and show greater solidarity with the sex worker rights movement. Erin Tichenor’s article documents the impact of the shutting down of Backpage on sex workers in New Zealand, while Danielle Blunt and Ariel Wolf examine the impact of the same in the United States. Both articles demonstrate how closing sex work ads sites has negative economic and emotional consequences for sex workers. Writing from the perspective of an NGO providing direct assistance to trafficked persons, Isabella Chen and Celeste Tortosa reflect on the use of digital evidence in human trafficking investigations and prosecutions. In the final article, Kate Mogulescu and Leigh Goodmark show what happens to survivors of human trafficking who are prosecuted as traffickers and placed on sex offender registries in the United States. 
Taken together, the articles in this Special Issue converge around one central point: the factors that enable and sustain human trafficking and exploitation are complex and require political will – not tech solutionist fixes. Anti-traffickers’ obsession with technological ‘solutions’ draws attention and resources away from issues such as decent work, gender, economic and racial justice, the free movement of people, and quality public services. In the current COVID-19 pandemic it is more urgent than ever to re-focus on these larger socio-economic and political issues.

For all contributions:

What’s the Mission? Discursive Power and Human Rights–Based Language in Anti-Trafficking Organizations

Published March 21, 2020


Journal of Human Rights and Social Work (2020)


One of the ways individuals or groups in power preserve their power is through the vehicle of language. As such, the message that an organization sends regarding its mission, vision, values, and or goals is just as important as the actual services with which it provides. Nowhere is this truer than within the realm of anti-trafficking service provision. Through content analysis of the mission, goal, vision, and value statements of 162 organizations who are funded to combat human trafficking, the research team examined how organization statements articulate a human rights–based approach. The study findings were that organizations who further the primacy of rights did it in four distinct ways: advocating for human rights seeing human rights as something survivors lack empowering survivors and viewing survivors as rights-holders. However, overall, there is still an under-utilization of human rights as a framework.

McGill University – “Witnessing Migrant Futurities,” a talk by Annie Fukushima – March 11 at 3PM

Peel 3487 Seminar Room, 3487 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W7, CA

Technology and migration in global processes have created the opportunities for imagining social life. A homeland futurity encompasses the critical analysis of the contemporary world and possibilities in a future, with a particular emphasis on such imaginings as determined by nation-states. Current US rhetorical strategies of imagining a future of their homeland have propagated ‘discourses of emergency’ which are part of a ‘risk management program designed to extract profit from projections of an ever-susceptible border.’ This presentation will grapple with homeland futurity in anti-trafficking discourse and practice. Fukushima examines multiple sites –policies, campaigns, media, qualitative data, and websites–to trace how homeland futurities emerge in US anti-trafficking efforts. Fukushima’s presentation illuminates how migrant laborers are impacted by a discourse of threat and containment regarding the border. However, migrant laborers and collaborators are innovating to enact migrant futures. Therefore, this presentation illustrates through the example of how technology in the anti-trafficking movement may facilitate opportunities of future visioning by migrant laborers beyond a homeland futurity, to enact a migrant futurity.

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Additionally, I will also be facilitating a workshop on race, gender, and difference in research.

Navigating Research, Race, Gender & Difference – February 24th

Presented by Annie Fukushima in Sill 120

11:30 – 12:30

Navigating Research, Race, Gender & Difference” will discuss how race, gender, and difference matters in research, working with professors/mentors, and in the dissemination of one’s research. Students will discuss a range of concepts regarding standpoints, racism, and oppression, and how such terms manifest when conducting research, collaborating with mentors, and in the dissemination of research. This workshop seeks to provide a platform for students to openly talk about conducting research while navigating difference.

About Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima: Dr. Fukushima is an Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Division at the University of Utah. She is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.


“Provides an excellent set of groundwork to understanding positionality’s impact on epistemology in a research setting.”

“It helps open your eyes to phenomena you might not experience. It helps you think more critically when performing research to give every group to respect they deserve.”

“She didn’t suggest we could immediately fix the problem of racial and gender bias today, but acknowledged specific actions we can take to recognize racial and gender bias in our research and address it.”

Fukushima to speak on migration, violence and victimhood – University of Oregon, Race, Ethnicities, and Inequalities Colloquium, presented by the Center for the Study of Women in Society

 Thursday, February 13 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

 Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

University of Oregon welcomes Annie Isabel Fukushima on campus to talk on “Witnessing Violence in These Migratory Times.”

Fukushima is an assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies Division of the School for Cultural & Social Transformation at University of Utah. Prior to joining the faculty in Utah, she earned her PhD in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at University of California, Berkeley and was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University (2013–2015).

She is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US (Stanford University Press, 2019). The book 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, Fukushima questions how we understand victimhood, criminality, citizenship, and legality. At issue is 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.

Fukushima’s lecture is part of a series of talks in the Race, Ethnicities, and Inequalities Colloquium, presented by the Center for the Study of Women in Society. For more information on upcoming CSWS events, go to

Photos by Jack Liu, courtesy of CSWS at University of Oregon.

A Survey of Child Welfare and Labor Trafficking in California: A White Paper

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The purpose of this study is to better understand how the welfare system is currently identifying children (under 18-years-old) who experience being labor trafficked for commercial labor – work beyond sexual economies. This study is a survey of individuals working in California, where 186 participants were invited to respond to a questionnaire between September 23, 2019 and November 30, 2019. The majority of those who responded to the survey worked in the child welfare system. This study reveals, child welfare workers, probation officers / juvenile justice system workers, and non-governmental organizations are working with children who have been labor trafficked. What was discovered after conducting a survey: 25% of the participants confirmed working with children who were labor trafficked, 25% did not know if they had worked with children who were labor trafficked, and 50% were providing services to or supporting children who work for pay. Children were informally identified as working in a range of industries including agriculture / farm work, construction, forced commercial sexual economies, forced drug sales, forced human smuggling, forced theft/stealing, housekeeping/domestic work, janitorial, massage parlor/massage, nail/hair salon, pan handling/begging, restaurant work, retail, and other. Based on these preliminary findings, this study recommends the following next steps:

  1. There is an immediate need to develop protocols and train child welfare workers on child labor trafficking, similarly to how such professionals are being trained on child sex trafficking.      
  2. There is a need to deepen an understanding of child welfare and juvenile justice system’s responses to child labor and sex trafficking through research; in particular on evidence-based research that may determine promising practices for prevention and early identification of all forms of human trafficking affecting children.
  3. It is recommended that California State Agencies and local organizations broaden their awareness raising efforts to encompass education on children’s experience with work and the continuum of labor violations and trafficking.
  4. Prevention of child labor trafficking is much needed, therefore, more data on children who experience labor exploitation on the continuum of labor violation and trafficking is needed. Statewide data collection systems have been designed to capture prevalence of child sexual exploitation, however, less understood is the range of labor violations, recruitment and industries children may be experiencing commercial exploitation. 

Honoring Human Trafficking Awareness Day – Teaching about Human Trafficking Fall 2019

To honor human trafficking awareness day, I would like to share content created by students at the University of Utah.

SW 6621 / SW 5830 at University of Utah
Semester: Fall 2019

University of Utah
An Online Course
Professor Annie Isabel Fukushima

This course was an upper division undergraduate and graduate online human trafficking elective course designed to introduce students to contemporary human trafficking, both domestically and globally. Students learned about important terminology and types of trafficking, indicators of and contributors to this issue, and policy debates regarding appropriate intervention. They grappled with theories and debates on human trafficking, labor exploitation, sexual economies, child abuse, immigration, intersecting forms of violence and poly-victimization, trauma, culture, legal systems, media representations, prevention, and a range of modalities to respond to trafficking and violence from micro to macro contexts.

As students learned about human trafficking, discussed with each other the content, watched videos, and read content, through their regular engagement with course content, it was an honor to be part of their journey in shifting in understanding and knowledge on complex issues. Even as we connected on the web, students connected to each other through their words, and for some, eventually, through image and sound.

This web publication of student created content is dedicated to remembering those who survived, lived through, continue to survive, passed on, and are dying from forms of violence such as human trafficking.

Students in the online course created a range of content – video, podcasts, scholarly writing, addressing issues regarding a twenty-first century concern: human trafficking. The content created by students do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Fukushima.

About the professor: Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is an Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies division at University of Utah. Dr. Fukushima is author of the book Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US (Stanford University Press, 2019). She has authored multiple scholarly and public works on issues of violence, race, gender, and immigration. And has served as an expert witness on human trafficking for a range of courts in California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington.



Scholarly Papers

Select few scholarly papers written by graduate students at University of Utah. Do not recirculate, reproduce, or cite without the author’s expressed permission.

Has Someone taken your passport? Everyday Surveillance of the Migrant Laborer as Trafficked Subject

Project MUSE – Biography-Volume 42, Number 3,

My article in this collection is entitled, “Has Someone taken your passport? Everyday Surveillance of the Migrant Laborer as Trafficked Subject” is now available.

This article examines the role of the missing passport in human rights discourse about migrants who experience violence in the form of human trafficking. Fukushima argues that the passport and mechanisms of documentation that emerge in human trafficking survivor accounts are central to legal and social appeals for recognition. Through a scavenger methodology, the essay analyzes the “missing passport” in campaign materials, a survivor memoir (Shyima Hall), and court testimonies in U.S. v. Kil Soo LeeRana v. IslamLipenga v. KambalameGurung v. MalhotraU.S. v. Firas Majeed et al., and U.S. v. Wood. Ultimately, Fukushima explores how the question “has someone taken your passport?” discursively and socially compels the everyday person to participate in surveillance, thus witnessing transnational migrant laborers through the racializing and policing logics of biographic mediation that justify neighborly suspicion.

This article is one of many wonderful contributions in Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly (Vol. 42, no. 3). It is in a special issue, Biographic Mediation: On the Issues of Personal Disclosure in Bureaucracy and Politics edited by Ebony Coletu. Contributors include: Michelle Jones, Sara Ahmed, Aly Wane, Cristina Plamadeala, Mercy Romero, Leigh Gilmore, Rhondda Robinson Thomas, Amita Swadhin, Kimberly McKee, Aimee Morrison, and yours truly. 

I hope you will teach it and any other articles in this special issue, read it, cite it.

American Studies Association: panel sponsored by the Graduate Education Committee

Fri, November 8, 4:00 to 5:45pm, Hawai’i Convention Center, Mtg Rm 322 B

If you are on the job market and will be at American Studies Association – attend this session!

Graduate Education Committee: Strategies for Survival and Success in the Academic Job Market (co-sponsored by the Students’ Committee)

This session will provide graduate students and those on the job market with strategies for best positioning themselves for careers in disciplinary and interdisciplinary departments. The session will deploy a hybrid format, merging an interactive workshop and a roundtable discussion. During the first 30 minutes of the session, panelists will work in small groups with session attendees to evaluate sample job materials (e.g. CVs, cover letters, and relevant statements). Samples will be provided, but session attendees may also bring their own materials. The remainder of the session will be a roundtable discussion with healthy question and answer session. The moderator will prepare a list of questions and distribute them ahead of time. Questions may include:
• How does one make their interdisciplinary work legible to disciplinary academic departments?
• When should graduate students begin publishing?
• How many publications does one typically need to appear marketable to your institution?
• How much should one focus on teaching different courses in diverse formats (i.e. online, hybrid, face-to-face) while in graduate school?
• What makes a cover letter, teaching philosophy, or diversity statement stand out?
• Are there advantages/disadvantages to being on the job market ABD?
• What are some DOs and DON’Ts of cover letters and interviews?

The panelists for this session come from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds (e.g. American Studies, English, Anthropology, and Ethnic Studies). Moreover, they have experience at a range of institutions, from SLACs to research universities and are at different stages of their careers.

Chair: Lee Bebout, Arizona State University, Tempe


Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah

Ben Chappell, University of Kansas

Adriana Estill, Carlton College

Arthur Banton, Tennessee Technological University

Book Launch Party – Celebrating the Waiwai (Wealth) of Hawaii

Are you going to be at ASA in Honolulu? Please come join me and some amazing folks as we celebrate our books. I am so honored to be a part of this launch featuring a wealth of knowledge producers whose work and scholarly activism are shifting paradigms.

Maile Arvin, Possessing Polynesians
Kealani Cook, Return to Kahiki
Annie Fukushima, Migrant Crossings
Noelani Goodyear Ka‘opua, Nā Wāhine Koa
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty
Dean Saranillio, Unsustainable Empire
Noenoe Silva, The Power of the Steel-tipped Pen
Hōkūlani K. Aikau and Vernadette Gonzalez, Detours

Pupus and ‘awa served while they last!
Beer and wine available for donation

Author Meets Critiques at ASA

Join me at this year’s American Studies Association for the roundtable discussing my book, Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. (Stanford University Press, 2019).

Session information

Sat, November 9, 4:00 to 5:45pm, Hawai’i Convention Center, Mtg Rm 301 B

Roundtable Speakers

Author of Migrant Crossings

Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah

Session Chair

Dr. Sarita Gaytan, University of Utah


Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, University of California, Davis
Dr. Mary Romero, Arizona State University
Clare Hanusz, Aloha Immigration
Candace Fujikane, University of Hawaii

To purchase a copy of Migrant Crossings, visit the University of Hawaii (at Manoa) bookstore

Or you may purchase online at:

Chasing Slavery: The Resistance of Forced Labor in the Southwest


 Thursday, 10/24 – Alkek Teaching Theatre

7:00pm: Keynote
Ambassador Luis C. de Baca, Yale University: Chasing Slavery: Reflections from the Southwest
8:30-9:30 – Reception in Taylor Murphy

 Friday 10/25 – Flowers Hall 230

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee
8:45 – 9:00: Welcome
9:00 – 10:30: The Salon, Street, & Cantina

  • Chair, Jessica Pliley, Texas State University
  • Annie Fukushima, University of Utah: (Living)Dead Subjects: Mamasans, Sex Slaves and Sexualized Economies
  • April Petillo, Kansas State University: By Force or By Choice: Trafficking, Policy and Indian Country Realities
  • Melissa Torres, Baylor University: ‘Obligadas e ‘Ilegales’: Cantinas, Cantineras, y Cantineros in Contemporary Houston

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break
11::00 – 1:00 The Company

  • Chair: Jeffrey Helgeson, Texas State University
  • Manu Karuka, Barnard College: Continental Imperialism on the 32nd parallel
  • Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, George Washington University: “Dilemmas of a modern underground railroad in the era of migrant caravans: A road to freedom or modern-day slavery?”
  • Martha Uvalle, Seafood Workers’ Alliance: #Walmartstrikers: Supply Chain Organizing in Rural Louisiana
  • Mary Yanik, New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice: Legal strategies Supporting Worker-led Organizing

1:00 – 2:00: Lunch
2:00 – 3:45 : The Field and Sea

  • Chair, Thomas Alter, Texas State University
  • William S. Kiser, Texas A&M University at San Antonio: The Long-Lasting National Implications of New Mexico’s Debt Peonage System
  • Christian Zlolniski, University of Texas at Arlington: “A New Bracero Program? Transnational Mexican H-2A Farmworkers in the United States.”
  • Danilo Balladares, Seafood Workers Alliance: Organizing against Forced Labor and Labor Exploitation in the Gulf Coast Seafood Industry
  • Rosario “Chayito” Elizalde, Seafood Workers’ Alliance: La Lista Negra: Overcoming Fears, the Blacklist and Borders

3:30 – 4:00: Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:45: The Prison and Detention Center

  • Chair, Dwight Watson, Texas State University
  • Jermaine Thibodeaux, University of Texas at Austin & Cambridge School of Weston: ”Raising Cane, Razing Men: A Gendered View of Life on Texas Sugar Prison Farms, 1884-1920
  • Natalie Lira, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: “Nobody Paid Me Anything:” Race, Disability and Forced Labor in California’s Pacific Colony
  • Volker Janssen, California State University Fullerton: Slavery by any Other Name? In Search of Legitimate Labor in Prisons’ History
  • Robert Chase, Stony Brook University: “We are not Slaves”: Strike Waves, Prisons and Civil Rights in Post-War Texas

6:30 – 8:30: Dinner. Location TBD

Saturday, 10/26 – Flowers Hall 230

8:30 – 9:30: Coffee
9:30 – 11:00: The House and Home

  • Chair: Sara Damiano, Texas State University
  • Mary Lui, Yale University: Onieta and the Arks: Farming out intimacy in the American River Delta
  • Julian Lim, Arizona State University & Stanford University: Sexual Slavery and Conjugal Deviations: Marital and Racial Anxieties in U.S. Immigration Law
  • Colleen O’Neill, Utah State University: The Limits of Colonial Parenting: Native American Domestic Workers in the Postwar Era

11:00-12:00: Lunch

12:00 – 1:30: Forced Labor Organizing and the Law

  • Chair, Luis C. de Baca, Yale University
  • Cristina Salinas, University of Texas at Arlington: Creating the Coyote: Cross-border Migration, Labor Middlemen, and the Law, 1929-1952
  • Grace Peña Delgado, University of California at Santa Cruz: Mexico, Its National Borders, and the Problem of New Abolitionism in Anti-Trafficking Politics
  • Sabina Trejo, Seafood Worker Alliance: Organizing With, Without and Against the Law: Lessons from the Gulf South
  • Ismael Hernandez Martinez, Seafood Workers’ Alliance: Fighting Racism and Retaliation

1:45 – 2:15: Concluding Thoughts

  • John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, Texas State University
  • Jessica Pliley, Texas State University
  • Luis C. deBaca, Yale University

Gender: War. Review

I wanted to share that Gender: War edited by Andrea Peto has a review. Please check out the review. I have a chapter in this publication.

 Gender: War, 1st Edition

  • Andrea Pet? Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Published By: Macmillan Reference USA
  • ISBN-10: 0028663306
  • ISBN-13: 9780028663302
  • DDC: 303.6
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade – College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released September 2017
  • This publication’s content originally published in print form: 2018

The Subject(s) of Human Rights: Crises, Violations, and Asian/American Critique

Edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Guy Beauregard, and Hsiu-chuan Lee, With an Afterword by Madeleine Thien

Here is how the editors summarize my chapter in this book:

The editors best summarize Fukushima’s chapter: “Annie Isabel Fukushima concludes this section with an ambitious critical account of “tethered subjectivities” spanning Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the continental United States. Her essay begins with the Korean operated Daewoosa factory in American Samoa, a site where trafficked migrant workers from Vietnam and China worked alongside Samoan workers. While the owner of this factory was eventually convicted and sentenced to forty years in prison, Fukushima nevertheless reads this case as a failure to facilitate human rights in the Asia-Pacific region insofar as it affirmed, rather than contested, U.S. colonial presence in the region. Extending her discussion to address what she calls “factories, farms, and fisheries”— encompassing, among other subjects, Thai farm workers in Hawaii and the story of Sonny, a fisher from Indonesia whose journey took him to Australia, Fiji, American Samoa, and eventually California—Fukushima foregrounds key moments in the history of U.S. imperialism and colonial rule, including California’s 1850 “Act for the Government and Protection of Indians,” the annexation of Hawaii in 1898, and the partitioning of the Samoan archipelago in 1899. In doing so, her essay tracks how rights-based forms of subjectivity are inextricably tied to settler-colonial logics. Drawing on the work of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Fukushima proposes the notion of “hacking” as a way of undoing discourses of human trafficking and human rights, urging us to envision new ways to challenge rights violations that do not, at the same time, affirm U.S. settler-colonial presence” – (Schlund-Vials et al., 2019, p. 12).

PB: $39.95 
EAN: 978-1-4399-1573-8
Publication: Dec 19 

HC: $105.50 
EAN: 978-1-4399-1572-1
Publication: Dec 19 

Ebook: $39.95 
EAN: 978-1-4399-1574-5
Publication: Dec 19 

Considers the ways Asian American studies has engaged with humanitarian crises and large-scale violations

Description of the book

Human rights violations have always been part of Asian American studies. From Chinese immigration restrictions, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, yellow peril characterizations, and recent acts of deportation and Islamophobia, Asian Americans have consistently functioned as subordinated “subjects” of human rights violations. The Subject(s) of Human Rights brings together scholars from North America and Asia to recalibrate these human rights concerns from both sides of the Pacific. 

The essays in this collection provide a sharper understanding of how Asian/Americans have been subjected to human rights violations, how they act as subjects of history and agents of change, and how they produce knowledge around such subjects. The editors of and contributors to The Subject(s) of Human Rights examine refugee narratives, human trafficking, and citizenship issues in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. These themes further refract issues of American war-making, settler colonialism, military occupation, collateral damage, and displacement that relocate the imagined geographies of Asian America from the periphery to the center of human rights critique. 

Contributors: Annie Isabel Fukushima, Mayumo Inoue, Masumi Izumi, Dinidu Karunanayake, Christine Kim, Min-Jung Kim, Christopher Lee, Vinh Nguyen, Christopher B. Patterson, Madeleine Thien, Yin Wang, Grace Hui-chuan Wu, and the editors


Temple University Press

In the Series

Asian American History and Culture edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee Founded by Sucheng Chan in 1991, the Asian American History and Culture series has sponsored innovative scholarship that has redefined, expanded, and advanced the field of Asian American studies while strengthening its links to related areas of scholarly inquiry and engaged critique. Like the field from which it emerged, the series remains rooted in the social sciences and humanities, encompassing multiple regions, formations, communities, and identities. Extending the vision of founding editor Sucheng Chan and emeriti editor Michael Omi, David Palumbo-Liu, K. Scott Wong and Linda Trinh Võ, series editors Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee continue to develop a foundational collection that embodies a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to Asian American studies.

2019 GLAD Grant Recipient

Happy to share that I am a GLAD Grant Recipient at the University of Utah. Spring 2019 GLAD Recipients -Ed Munoz, Annie Isabel Fukushima, & Alborz Ghandehari. Our awarded proposal at the University of Utah is entitled: Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts II: Ethnic Studies “Global Learning without a Passport”

Spring 2019 GLAD Recepients –  (order in photo): Alborz Ghandehari, Ed Munoz, Annie Isabel Fukushima
Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts II:  Ethnic Studies “Global Learning without a Passport”

Gloria Anzaldúa : Traduire les frontières Translating Borders

16 mai 2019 – 18 mai 2019

contact the conference organizers directly if you have questions (see above flyer)

Jeudi 16 mai 2019 – Université Paris 8

09h00 Accueil
Welcome address, Bienvenue

Marta Segarra (LEGS) 09h15 Ouverture Nadia Setti

Opening blessing Sandra Pacheco curandera

10h00 PLÉNIÈRE 1

Amphi X – Gloria Anzaldúa, féministe décoloniale, théoricienne queer of color modératrice : Nadia Yala Kusikidi
Paola Bacchetta, Norma Cantù, Maria Lugones

11h30 Pause café


1 Amphi X
Amanda Cuellar,
Nepantla and Film Production, Patricia Montoya, Sarah Luna, Kegels for Hegel, ake Me To Yr Borderlands (Cancion De Amor A Gloria E. Anzaldúa)

2 · J103 Panel Education en Nepantla
Dolorès Bernal Delgado, Rebecca Burciaga, Judith Carmona Flores, Alexandra C. Elenes

3 · J104 Panel : Joteria Thought and Praxis : Engaging Anzaldúan Borderland Theories for Living a Queer Latinx Chicanx Life

José Manuel Santillana, Anita Revilla Tijerina, Eddy Francisco Alvarez, Ernesto Javier Martinez

4 · J105 Elia Hat eld, Gloria Anzaldúa: de sujeto atravesado subalterno a lo marginal en el centro M. Montanaro, Gloria Anzaldúa et bell looks : Frontières et marge comme forme de résistance C.Back, The othersider/Del Otro Lado

5 · J003 At the Con uence of Geographic and Academic Borders
Amalia de la Luz Montez, Maria Gutierrez y Muh, Gabriella Raimon, Eva Allegra Sobek, Maria Herrera



6 Amphi X

Panel : Penser avec Anzaldúa en France : Expériences de queers noirs, arabes et latina de la diaspora
Majda Cheick, Dawud Bumaye, Amaranta Lopez

7 · J103 Panel : Why Can’t See Women and Children of Color with Disabilities: Radical Visions for Transformations
Diane Torres Velasquez, Ana Genoveva Martinez de la Cueva Astirraga, Ronalda Tome Warrito, Barbara Dray

8 · J104 Karla Padron, Beyond the Wound: Anzaldúa’s Teachings
and Transgender Latina Immigrant Activism in the U.S.
Madelaine Cahuas, Understanding Anzalda’s Borderlands as a Latinx Black Geography Maira Alvarez, Disrupting B/borders His-stories

9 · J105 Panel : Decolonial Mapping of the Mexico U.S. Borderland
Victor De Hierro, Eda Ozyesilpinar, Laura Gonzales, Vanessa Guzman Migrant Day Labor Movements: Contesting Border Securization and Crimmization

10 · J004 Felipe M. Fernandez, Traces de Anzaldúa dans la pensée lesbienne
contemporaine au Brésil
Barbara Elcimar, Cours en ligne sur la pensée lesbienne contemporaine et ses contributions
à la construction du sujet politique du mouvement lesbien au Brésil
Caterina Rea, Dialogues entre ‘Suds’ : enseigner la critique queer of color à UNILAB/Malês Claudia Cabello Hutt, Across Borderlands: queer solidarity and transatlantic networks 1920-1950


16h30 PLÉNIÈRE 2

Amphi X – Situations : Gloria Anzaldúa en France modératrice : Nassira Hedgerassi
Jules Falquet, Gabriel Joao, Nawo

17h30 Fin de la plénière

18h30 PERFORMANCE – Amphi X
Maria Helena Fernandez, The Latinx Survival Guide in the Age of Trump

Andrea Guajardo, Nepantla «Valentina»

19h30 Fin de la 1ère journée

Vendredi 17 mai 2019 – Université Paris 3

09h00 ACCUEIL – Amphi 1A
Bienvenue Evelyne Ricci (CREC)

09h30 PLÉNIÈRE 3

Amphi A – Wild Tongues Translating Anzaldúa
modératrice : Paola Zaccaria
Eva Rodriguez, Suzanne Dufour, Alejandra Soto Chacon, Romana Radwimme, Isabelle Cambourakis



11 · D11 D11

Fayeza Hasanat, Cécilia Rodriguez Milanes, Wild Tongues Translating Personal Borders, Michael A.Turcios, Borderland Culture and Nepantla Consciousness in Sans Frontière

12 · D12
Marilyn M.White,
True and Ancient Properties’: Morrison’s Tar Baby Through an Anzaldúan Lens

Neela Cathelain, La conscience de la mestiza :
éhontement et migration dans le genre romanesque
Gabrielle Adjerad, Coatlicue, con ictualité au féminin et résistance
dans Woman Hollering Creek(1991) de Sandra Cisneros
Joana Rodriguez Meritxell, The MediterreanLiterary Palimpsest:vRevisiting Anzaldúa s’ Borderland(s) through the Works of Najat El Hachmi and Dalila Kerchouche

13 · D13
Smadar Lavie, The Anzaldúan Method of Auto-historia-Teoria:
Notes on La Llorona’s Permission to Narrate the Academic Text
Lissel Quiroz, Décoloniser le savoir : le concept de autohistoria-teoria de Gloria Anzaldúa Lilliana P. Saldana, Auto-historia-teoria as a decolonial methodology: researching the coloniality of public celebration and researching the self
Carolina Alonso,Teaching GloriaAnzaldúa through Autohistoria

14 · D15 Écriture chamane
Sarah-A.Crevier-Goulet & Barbara Santos,
Portrait de l’écrivaine en chamane. Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa,
la nepantla et le chemin de la connaissance (the path of conoscimiento) Kelli Zaytoun, “An artist in the Sense of a Shaman“: Naguala/Shapeshifting as Decolonial Practice
John Kaiser Ortiz, The reality of the Unseen

15 · D16
Panel “From Taming a Wild Tongue to Building a Bilingual, Bicultural University“ Francisco Guajardo, Stéphanie Alvarez, Emmy Perez



16 · D11
Alexander Stehn,Teaching Anzaldúa in/on/from the Borderlands of American Philosophy Mariana Alessandrini, G.A. And the French Existentialist
Rita Rodriguez, Anzaldúa y Foucault: Theory Genealogy and Deconstruction of Sexual Identity An Aesthetics of Auto-Arte
Mariana Ortega, Borderlands, Self-Transformation and Queer subjectivity
Lorena Alvarado, Sentimientos Encontrados: translating/theorizing the Musical/Feeling

17 · D12
Panel: Translating Borderlands Across the Americas
Israel Dominguez, El Mundo Zurdo: Translating Anzaldúa Through the Digital World Alessandro Escalante, Taming Queer/cuir Tongues: Translating Anzaldúa Through Queer/cuir Culture in Puerto Rico

Hina Muneeruddin,The Hate and fear of “Trump“ Politics: Translating Anzaldúa
Through American Muslim Affect and Futurity
Barbara Sostaita,Coatlicue en la Caravana: Translating Anzaldúa Through Migrants on the Move

18 · D13
Panel: Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions
and Healing Practices
Lara Medina & Marta Gonzalez, Envisioning and Manifesting Voices from The Ancestors:
Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices
Maria Helena Fernandez, Drawing from the Cenote Well for Healing Colonization and Patriarchy Aïda Salazar, Reclaiming Moon and Mourning Rituals

19 · D15
Aïda Salazar-Vasquez,
Digitizing the Borderlands: Archive, Memory, and Queer Time
of a Coatlicue State
Stephen Santa-Ramirez & Adam Martinez,“We are in a constant state of limbo“:
The in-between worlds of Latinx undocumented college students in Arizona within the Trump era Carmen Villanueva,The Coatlicue State of Decolonial Mothering
Renée Lemus & Cristina R. Smith, Semillas de las Abuelas:
Teaching to Reclaim n the B/borderland Family

20 · D16
Marina Alessandri & Lara Bonilla,
Exploring the Anzaldúan Archive: Readerly Encounters in Nepantla

Alberto Flores Lupe, Other/Wordly Assemblages: MappingMore-thanHuman Socialities
in the Archival Writings of Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Coco Magallanes & Anna-Lorena Carilla Padilla, Imagen-Frontera, Memoria-Revelada
y Archivo-Tex urizado Gloria Anzaldúa, Angela Arziniaga y Virginia Hernandez en Puebla, 2017

21 · D17
Mariana Rojas,
Les langues des métisses: genre, racialisation et frontières quotidiennes Alvaro Luna, La traduction en français du parler chicano : hybridités, frontières, croisements Cassie Lynn Smith, Translating B/borders in the Classroom: Employing Anzaldúan Pedagogy in the University Classroom


Jessica Helen Lopez,
The Malinche is my Next Door Neighbor. A spoken Word Performance of Auto-historia fantasma and Reclamation of the Violent Femme DykeWarrior
Estefania Tizon Fonseca, Poetry about the Borderlands between sexuality and spirituality

Sem Nagas,
Corps nocturnes corps numériques

16h15 PAUSE

16h30 PLÉNIÈRE 4

AMPHI A – Archives féministes et Queer Décoloniales modératrice : Suhraiya Jivraj
Ana Louise Keating, Amina Mama



Lectures féministes

Ouerdia Ben Amar, Jamie Herd, Akila Kizzi, Heta Rundgren


A. Salazar, R.Orona Cordova, L. Medina The moon Within 19h- 21h : PROJECTION FILM (Cinémathèque)

salle 049
T.Lakrissi, Douin, Laroche/Back,
Something to do with the dark (25mn)

Samedi 18 mai 2019 – Université Paris 7

09h00 Accueil
Cécile Rondeau (LARCA)

09h30 PLÉNIÈRE 5

Amphi 12E – Artivismes
modératrice : Santa Barraza, Cristina Castellano, Anel Flores, Celeste de Luna, Paola Zaccaria


22 Amphi 12 E

Panel : Art and Resistance in Anzaldúa’s Borderlands

Aïda Hurtado, Art and Resistance in Anzaldúa’s Borderlands
Stephanie Alvarez, Artivism in the Rio Grande Valley and the Anzaldúa Border Aestetic Emmy Perez, Rio Grande Valley Poets after Anzaldúa: the Living Roots

23 · 264E
Panel : Translenguas y Transfonteras: Navigating Art and Pedagogy with Gloria Anzaldúa’s
Borderlands/La Frontera

Alejandra I. Ramirez, Abject Intimacies and the Global Border Industrial Complex Gloria Negrete-Lopez, Queer(ing) Abolitionists Imagining: Radical Envisioning Through Anzaldúan Visual Theory
Monica Hernandez, Sanando las Heridas:
Anzaldúan Praxis in Fronterix Community College

24 · 234C
Panel : Resituating the B/Borderlands: Return as Renegotiation
Magda Garcia, From Dancing Mestizo “Nation“ to Dancing Mestiza “Borderlands“ Anzaldúa and Re-envisioning the Possibilities of Chicana/o/x Folklorico Practice
Marina Chavez, Reading Horror in the B/borderands
Nieves N. Villanueva, Repositioning Emotional Embodiments: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Work Refashioning

Roberto Macias, Recognition and Its Discontents: The Political Uncanny and the Coatlicue State in Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

25 · 270F
Jonathan Hernandez,
“Guilt Lay Folded in the Tortilla“: Affect in Anzaldúa‘s Writing Tace Hedric, Gloria Anzaldúa’s Alien Nation

Jeremy Patterson, Border Anxiety versus Border Trauma:
An Anzaldúan Tension in the Psychology of Geopolitical Borders
Julius C. Calderon, JuanGa/Aguilera Moves through/in the Mexican Border(lands): Sexuality, Sovereignty, and Religiosity

26 · 274F
Panel : Anzaldúa and Spatial/Artistic/Linguistic Production
Maylei Blackwell, Spiritual Conocimiento:
Reading the Feminine Divine in the Obra of Ester Hernández
Raul Coronado, Does Writing Express Experience or Does It Create It?: Anzaldúa’s Borderlands and the Queer Latinx Public Sphere
Juan Herrera, Anzaldúan Spatialities: Race, Space, and Difference in the Work of Gloria Anzaldúa

27 · 248 E
Xamuel Bañales,
Building Community, Decolonizing Spirituality, and Women of Color Feminism: Applying Gloria Anzaldúa in and out of the Classroom for Healing and Empowerment
Sandra Pacheco, Altar-making: a pedagogical practice for engaging Anzaldúa’s seven stages
of conocimiento
Clarissa Garza, The phenomena of the unconscious and spirituality as a means to heal one’s inner psyche



28 · AMPHI 12 E
Panel : Gloria Anzaladúa’s Erotic Borderlands: Affecting Worlds, Transforming Violence Felicity A. Schaeffer, Bee Sensing and Sensorial Crossings Across Transhuman Borders
Krizia Puig, The Loves We Long For: Affective Borderlands///Borderland Affects
Victoria Sanchez,TowardsaChicanaFeministMetaphysicsoftheBreath:AnzaldúanApproachesto Breathing in Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Alfredo Reyes, Diffracted Perspectives of Citizenship
Dana Ahern, Pain and Potentialities: Una Herida Abierta as Queer of Color Methodology
Ryan King, GPS and the Body / Border: Scales of Empire

29 · 264 E
Mercedes V.Avila,
Toward a Nuevomexicana Consciousness:
An Exploration of Identity through Education Manifested In a Colonial History
Elenes Briseida, Nepantlera Leaders: Latinas Facilitating Student Pathways
and Transforming Education
Claudia Cervantes Soon, Juárez Girls Rising and Reclaiming the Serpent’s Tongue
Pablo Ramirez, Put History Through a Sieve, Winnow Out the Lies: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands Ethics as a Guide to an Engagement with Collective Memory

30 · 234 C
Panel : Bridge Building
Vickie Vertig, Victoria Delgadillo, Cristina Castellano, Kaelyn Rodriguez, Maya Chinchilla

31 · 270 F [14h00, 18 mai 2019]
Panel : Border Crossing: Harnessing the Power of Anzaldúan Thought and Methodologies Lara de Juan, Big Border Algorithms
Annie Isabel Fukushima, Witnessing Violence and the Coatlicue State
Cristina Mora, Anzaldúa and the Place of Politics in California.

32 · 274 F
Panel: Borderlands Profundo: Engineering Anzaldúan Soundscapes, Pedagogies, and Ancestral Knowledges
Wanda Alarcon, Towards a Decolonial Feminist Poetics
Marta Gonzales, Voices from the Ancestors, Mediterranean Borderlands, and Decolonizing Time and Spirituality
Marcella Maese, Borderlands Profundo: Rehearing Aztecas del Norte through Flor Y canto Alexandro Meija, Deconstructing Westernized Conceptions of what it means to be
an Engineer through Nepantlerismo
33 · 248 E
Panel: Queering Education and Anzaldúa’s Nepantla
Mary Hermes, Wild Tongues
Diana Chandara, Developing Consciousness in the Heart Through Nepantla
Alexander Qui, Dis-identi cation and Transformation: Nepantla as a Framework for Expanding the Boundaries of Abolition
Ak O’Loughlin, Gender-as-Lived: The Coloniality of Gender in Schools and Teaching From a Place of Anzaldúa’s Nepantla


Celina A. Gomez, Stevie Luna Rodriguez, Gladys Ornelas, Emmy Perez, Amanda Victoria Ramirez
#PoetsAgainstWalls: Overcoming the Tradition of Silence

264 E Munoz Gris, Coatlicue Girl 16h30 PAUSE CAFÉ

18h30 234 C Bassad Saja 16h45 PLÉNIÈRE 6

Amphi 12 E Décoloniser le présent
modératrice : Akila Kizzi, Norma Alarcón, Seloua Luste Bulbina, Nacira Guénif

19h00 SALUTATION FINALE Sandra Pacheco

Chicana Feminist Theory 2019

University of Utah, Spring 2019. ETHNC 5730-001/ GNDR 5960-005

Chicana Feminisms emerged out of struggle against heteropatriarchy within the movimientos of the 1960s. Chicana Feminist Theory grapples with the multiplicity of Chicana Feminist works that emerged since the 1960s in the United States. Centralizing ethnic studies methodologies, the course grapples with a range of modalities through which a Chicana feminist praxis has emerged. Through a range of subthemes, this course will come to conceptualize chicana feminisms: heteropatriarchy, historical imagination, consciousness, literary, art, performance, music, queer, violence, education, labor, abilities, wellness, and migration. This course will move from conceiving Chicana feminist histories towards grappling with a Chicana feminist future.

This course encourages students to discover a range of ethnic studies modalities through intensive reading, critical thinking, discussion, and writing. The learning objectives of Chicana Feminist Theory are the following:

  1. Students will analyze and evaluate major approaches to race and ethnicity.
  2. Students will debate, differentiate, and critique theories, concepts, and approaches to develop analytical depth and engage them and their intersections in new and more complex dimensions.
  3. Students will analyze, synthesize, critique, and use relevant sources
  4. Students will recognize how structural relations of power enables and constrains individual and collective opportunities and perspectives, and will apply this understanding to transformative praxis.

Below, are the final projects for Chicana Feminist Theory – Students were invited to create podcasts for their final project.

Ciriac Alvarez: on poetry, activism and pursing dreams from that third country. By Brooke Adams
La Chicana Identity by Lily Ceja
Chicana Feminist Theory Podcast – Patriarchy in the Household and National MEChA Conference 2 by Valeria Escobar
Introductory to Chicana Feminism by Cristina Guerrero
Aztlan – A podcast by Javier Hernandez
Decolonial Imaginary
Final Project by Jocelyne Lopez
Chicana Feminism and First Hand Experience by Frances Lucas
Chicana Feminisms in Mental Health by Carlos Martinez
Lis Pankl
Exploring the Borderlands of Mexican American Identity with Aspen Flores by Marley Talvitie
2 Femme 2 Furious Episode 1 by Kahlozar
How To Be A Chicana Feminist In The US Coming From A Different Country by Jobany Quiterio
The life of Selena Quintanilla by Sarah Terry
Latina Health Care Experience Podcast by Colton West

Beyond Walls

Proud of my students in my course on immigration, transnationalism and diasporic communities:

My student published a write-up with the Office for Equity & Diversity at the University of Utah’s People’ & Places blog.

Additionally, you may find content for their projects by visiting – scroll down to see their projects – #beyondwallsutah.


Diaspora, Displacements and Transnational Communities invites you:

3PM, April 10, 2019
Gardner Commons 4660 (260 Central Campus Drive) University of Utah

In 2015, it was estimated that 244,467 immigrants resided in Utah. In spite of a long history of movement across the Americas, into the Americas, and into Utah, migrant (im)mobility continues to be shaped by anti-immigration rhetoric and policies. These policies encompass a long history that spans from 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act to more contemporary orders such as Executive Order 13769. Additionally, ongoing discussions of “building a wall” impact communities and people who are transnational workers, support transnational families, are part of transnational networks, or seeking refuge.

Join the students of Ethnic Studies – Diaspora, Displacements and Transnational Communities – for a discussion of migrant stories and walls. Students will discuss, with an ethnic studies lens, how a rhetoric of walls, criminalization, surveillance, and xenophobia shape migrant 21st century experience. The class invites participants to join us – we will gather, discuss, listen and read fragments, excerpts, parts of migratory lives placed around the Marriott library. The discussion will begin on April 10 at 3PM at Gardner Commons 4660 on the right side of the Marriott library plaza.

Questions? Contact Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima,, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah



Launch of Migratory Times

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019, the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects and the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research announce the launch of the Migratory Times online space!
Migratory Times: Session #1: Translating Geographies of Displacement
Today, March 8, 2019, the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects and the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research go live with “Migratory Times.” Migratory Times began in 2016 as a series of pedagogical, research, and exhibition events focused on the politics of race, gender, geopolitics, and global migration organized by the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects. Since its emergence the project has created over 30 international events with even more numerous collaborating artists, researchers, and cultural and educational organizations. In 2018, the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects co-founded the Migratory Times and Spaces working group of the Center for Arts Design & Social Research (CAD+SR). As a co-sponsored project with CAD+SR, Migratory Times will continue to unfold through an interactive web platform, with three month “sessions” of curated content and events, featuring works produced previously in the Migratory Times series of events, put in conversation with new art and writing, and archival texts.
The web publication lead editors are founding members of the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects, Dalida María Benfield and Annie Fukushima.

The launch of the web platform begins with a three month session called “Translating Geographies of Displacements.” This session features the following works:

Audio from “Dislocating Geographies of Displacement” an online conversation featuring at land’s edge and @criticaldías (Rebecca Close and Anyely Marin Cisneros)

Audio from “For More Than One Voice,” a performance by Jane Jin Kaisen and Stina Hasse JørgensenPhotographs and texts from Translating Geographies of Displacement, a workshop organized by Jane Jin Kaisen and Dalida María Benfield (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Video from Geographies of Displacement, a panel discussion featuring anti-gentrification activists organized by at land’s edge (Los Angeles)
Scholarly and public contribution articles on gentrification in Inglewood, East Los Angeles, Crenshaw Corridor/Leimert Park in Los Angeles
Essays and artworks by Alanna Lockward and Patricia Kaersenhout, Tara Daly, Choralyne Dumesnil, Annie Fukushima, and Rolando Vázquez
Invitation: We invite artists, activists, journalists, researchers, scholars, teachers, technologists, thinkers, video makers, visualists, and any community member to participate in the web launch as a flashread. “Flashreads” are a technology of collective reading and annotation that the Institute has been developing over the past three years, engaging in online discussions that are open to multiple publics. As academics, researchers, and artists, we are interested in creating spaces for the engagement with transnational feminist and decolonial thought and action across different media and knowledge forms.

How to participate in a flashread:
· Visit:
· Read, view, listen to the content provided in Session 1: Translating Geographies of Displacement.
· Respond to one of the works by creating (either in a writing, artist work, video, sound, or any other creative, written, visual or auditory platform).
· Submit your contribution in the comments. Look for the + sign next to the texts. You can also email us your contribution:
· Open period for submission: March 8 – June 8, 2019
About: The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects (IiPS) is a transnational feminist collective of artists, writers, and researchers. Building from conversations between scholars and artists and activists, from the streets to independent art spaces to college campuses, our project pursues questions regarding digital spaces and global racialization and racisms, gender, and labor politics; the transnational exchange of visual cultures and social justice through media and technoscapes; and the intervention of contemporary artists and researchers in (re)defining landscapes of knowledge. IiPS constructs a knowledge commons, framed by voices and experiences in multiple social conditions.
We welcome your feedback on the site and also invite your submissions for future sessions! Please contact
For more information about the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research please contact us at
With love and respect,
Annie & Dalida

Annie Isabel Fukushima, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDivision of Ethnic Studies, School for Cultural & Social TransformationUniversity of UtahAuthor of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.(Stanford University Press, 2019): Here
Personal website:
Academic Publications: Here
Co-Coordinator, Migratory Times, Institute of (im)Possible Subjects

dalida maría benfield, ph.d.artist
researchercollective impossible, llc
Research and Program Director, Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research
Affiliated Researcher,, Aarhus University
Co-Coordinator, Migratory Times, Institute of (im)Possible Subjects

Transnationalism, Migration & Diasporic Communities

Ethnic Studies 5350

Transnationalism, Migration & Diasporic Communities
Professor: Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima
Spring 2019
University of Utah

What are the processes that different ethnic migrants settle within the U.S.? How do migrants maintain ties with their “home” and create a sense of community both locally and transnationally? Through concepts of immigration, transnationalism, and community, this course explores the displacements, relocations, and remaking of communities and identities. Integrating disciplines of cultural studies, history, legal studies, race studies, and sociology, this course examines the movement of people. This course employs relational analysis to understand the historical and contemporary patterns that vie rise to the various ebbs and flows of people, resources, cultures, and communities. Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US (Stanford University Press, 2019).

Available for Pre-order: Migrant Crossings

Visit Stanford University Press:

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 cross into visibility legally, 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.

About the author

Annie Isabel Fukushima is Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Division in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah.


Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.

Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.

  • Monday, November 5, 2018
  • 12:00 PM  1:00 PM
  • Gardner Commons — Hinckley Institute of Politics (map)
  • Annie Fukushima, Assistant Professor, Division of Ethnic Studies, School for Cultural & Social Transformation

Pizza & Politics

Free and open to the public

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum. 


Xicanx/Latinx Heritage Month Keynote Speaker.




Xicanx/Latinx Heritage Month Keynote Speaker.


You are invited to a plática/ talk featuring Annie Isabel Fukushima, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah and author of the upcoming:  Migrant Crossings: Human Trafficking in the United States

11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 26th in Berkeley City College Rm. 216

Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is Assistant Professor in the Division of Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah. In addition, she has served as an expert witness for human trafficking cases in California and Colorado, and a consultant, recently producing the Grant Management Toolkit for Office for Trafficking in Persons. Her most recent projects have been funded by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (2018) and the Abundance Foundation (2016 – 2017).

Dr. Fukushima has published extensively on human trafficking, intimacy and race, and immigration. Her upcoming interdisciplinary work examines Asian and Latinas trafficked into the United States. She reminds us, “In spite of the violence as systemic and naturalized, survivors are always resisting.”

Sponsored by Ethnic Studies and Mexican/Latin American Studies at Berkeley City College

This message was sent from the Berkeley City College Public Information Office.  For further information call 510-981-2852.

Felicia Bridges, Ed.D

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Berkeley City College

(510) 981-2852

Violence Against Women Needs Assessment Community Presentation


You are invited to attend a community presentation hosted by the University of Utah and the Department on the Status of Women, “Violence Against Women Needs Assessment.” The presentation will include University of Utah’s findings from the San Francisco Violence Against Women Needs Assessment. The findings will be presented by Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, the project’s Principal Investigator. This event is co-hosted with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

Event Details:

Date & Time: Friday, June 22, 2018, 3-5:30pm. 
Event Location: 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 610, San Francisco, CA.

The Violence Against Women Needs Assessment is a study conducted by the University of Utah. The study was made possible through a grant funded by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (2018).

Catering will be provided by Eat Suite.

Please RSVP by June 8th for planning purposes. However, anyone and everyone in the community is welcome to attend regardless of your RSVP.

Should you have questions about the event, food allergies, dietary restrictions, need accommodations, need translation, or would prefer to RSVP by email, please contact Elizabeth Boley at ecboley[at]gmail[dot]com or visit

Working with Asian American Individuals, Couples and Families Webinar

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me for the web-presentation I am giving for the National Resource Center for Health Marriage and Families on “Working with Asian American Individuals, Couples and Families Webinar.” I will be co-presenting with Dr. Hao Min Chen of University Texas A&M. Please share with your networks.

Save the Date! June 14, 2018

Working with Asian American Individuals,

Couples, and Families Webinar

Join the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families (Resource Center) for a new webinar that discusses the diversity of Asian American populations and provides targeted cultural information on dominant Asian demographic groups in the United States. The Asian population in the US includes at least 26 countries of origin, representing a range of languages and cultural groups. When stakeholders seek to learn and understand the complexities of one of the fastest growing immigrant group in the United States, Asian families are more likely to be receptive to programmatic messages and a stronger rapport can be built between client and service provider. This webinar will provide an overview of the Resource Center’s newest toolkit, Working with Asian American Individuals, Couples, and Families: A Toolkit for Stakeholders, which focuses on Asian immigration and history, the complexities of Asian groups, cultural considerations, and ways safety-net service providers can improve service delivery to Asian American families. During the webinar, we will:

  • Share Asian cultural values and collective experiences, and the impacts of immigration and acculturation on Asian American families.
  • Help safety-net service providers improve outreach, engagement, and support of Asian American families.
  • Discover more about the importance of healthy relationship skills, as well as strategies for integrating healthy marriage and relationship skills into service delivery systems.

Register now and don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about free research-based resources and technical assistance available to support you and your agency strengthen families and communities.

To learn more about the Resource Center, visit

The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families supports human service providers as they integrate healthy marriage and relationship education skills into service delivery systems as part of a comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach designed to promote self-sufficiency.

If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please contact them. To learn more about free training and technical assistance available to human service agencies, visit our Training and Technical Assistance page.

Missed the presentation? 

Watch here:

Toward Decolonial Feminisms


Toward Decolonial Feminisms

A Conference Inspired by the Work of María Lugones

Nittany Lion Inn, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA


Session U                                                                  4:30 p.m. -5:45 p.m. Location:

Resistant Imaginaries and Enactments: Towards a Praxis of Decolonial Feminism

Turning Into Coalition, Sounding Decolonial Feminism. Presenter: Wanda Alarcon, University of California, Santa Cruz

“Playfulness, World-Traveling and Loving Perception” across Migratory Times and Spaces. Presenter: Dalida María Benfield, The Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research

Bridge as a Primer: A Decolonial Feminist Politics of Being “With You”. Presenter: Cindy Cruz, University of California, Santa Cruz

Witnessing in Migratory Times: Militarisms, Displacements & Death Worlds. Presenter: Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah.

“Pay Attention to the Wound”: Vulnerable Ethnography and Methodologies of the Wound/ed. Presenter: Anne Rios-Rojas, Colgate University

Suspending Action: Making Time for Another World. Presenter: Linnea Beckett, University of California, Santa Cruz.


DOMESTICATING BODIES, DOMESTIC SPACES: Trafficking and the Intersection of Race and Gender 


5:30 PM
University of Utah

Join Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and Lindsay Gezinski in their panel discussion as they examine trafficking into domestic work and sexual economies. Through case examples from their research, they will paint a picture of human trafficking and how it is shaped by interlocking oppressions of race and gender. This presentation also offers a general understanding of human trafficking, how communities are called to witness violence, and how community members may get involved in local and transnational efforts.

Grant Management Toolkit: Building Sustainable Anti-Trafficking Programs.

I am pleased to share with you a resource / tool-kit published with the Office for Trafficking in Persons. This project was made possible with the collaboration between myself (Annie Fukushima) and Kathleen Morris (International Rescue Committee) – Grant Management Toolkit: Building Sustainable Anti-Trafficking Programs. While we were the primary authors, the project was also supported by the amazing team at the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center managed by ICF.  
This toolkit is intended to assist OTIP grantees as well as other organizations in creating a culture and infrastructure that support the effective implementation and sustainability of anti-trafficking programs.  It provides information on organizational identity (mission, vision, value statements, organizational structure, approach, communication), strategic planning, culture and approaches, grant management and administration, partnership development and management, measuring performance, and sustainable planing.  It includes links to official resources on federal websites, as well as supplemental, unofficial information from other sources.
Visit the website to download the full PDF of the toolkit.

Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment – San Francisco

Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment

$40 gift card per participant –Survivors of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking & Sexual Assault

Have you survived domestic violence, human trafficking or sexual assault as an adult or when you were under the age of 18?

We want to hear from you! We invite you to be part of a 90-minute confidential group discussion about the needs of people who have experienced abuse, violence, or assault.

All participants will receive $40 gift card for their time.

If you are interested in participating in any of these groups please complete a registration online at

Or contact Annie Isabel Fukushima* at 415-341-6047 or via e-mail at

DATE & TIMES: February and March 2018 at a range of times.

Youth Survivors:

  • Horizons (survivors of violence ages 18-24 years-old.) If you are older now but the abuse occurred when you were under 18 years-old or continued into your adulthood, you can participate too! March 14, 2018 at 4:30PM.
  • LYRIC (survivors of violence ages 18-24 years-old) If you are older now but the abuse occurred when you were under 18 years-old or continued into your adulthood, you can participate too! March 15, 2018 at 2PM.

Adult survivors of violence:

  • James Infirmary. February 28, 2018 at 11AM.
  • La Casa de las Madres. February 28, 2018 at 3PM.

Sexual assault survivors:

  • San Francisco Women Against Rape. March 1, 2018 at 1PM.

More focus groups forthcoming.

*Annie Isabel Fukushima is a professor of the University of Utah working with San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women to identify the needs of survivors of violence. All group discussions will be confidential and your identity will not be linked to your comments.

Gender: War, 1st Edition

·        Andrea Pető Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Part of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks series on gender studies, Gender: War examines war through the discipline of gender and sexuality studies. Containing 24 chapters, the volume demonstrates that bodies and other allegedly passive material/other allegedly passive objects have a history and also agency. Chapters describe feminist interventions in war and violence history’s genealogy, present incarnations, and possibilities for the future in the context of gender and sexuality studies. Chapters are written by eminent scholars, are peer reviewed, include illustrations, and offer bibliographies to encourage further research. The volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.
Features and Benefits
·        GENDER: WAR introduces students to concepts related to war through the discipline of gender studies.
·        All chapters in GENDER: WAR are newly commissioned and hence based on fresh and topical research and debates from a variety of fields–including philosophy, literature, art, film, social sciences, (old and new) media, history, economics, politics, and religion.
·        Chapters are written by eminent scholars and are peer reviewed.
·        The volume will include a glossary, bibliographies of worked cited and suggestions for further reading, approximately 30 relevant images/charts/graphs, and an index.
Table of Contents
Cult of Heroes.
Digital Archives.




Gender Order and Gender Confusion.

Gendering Genocide.

Gendering Holocaust.

Human Trafficking.

Intimacy of Violence.




Policing Bodies.




Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War.

Sexual Violence in the Holocaust.


Transitional Justice.

Truth Commissions.


Women in the Military.

“Pedagogies of the Zombie”
In Event: International Committee Talkshop II: Pedagogies of Dissent in A Global Context

Fri, November 10, 2:00 to 3:45pm, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Horner, Third Floor West Tower
The image of the zombie as a figure is iconic. The zombie is Frankenstein’s monster, the figure through which Mary Shelley transgressed women’s roles in the 1800s by writing about it. In the 1970s, the zombie figure was articulated through imagery of the wives of Stepford – she was zombie-like submissive woman. Today it has multiple meanings from the person controlled through voodoo rituals, to the brain eating human chasing monster, to the warm heart zombie that falls in-love and becomes human again. The zombie is a resurrected figure through which alterities are reinforced, imagined, and disrupted. It raises ontological questions regarding who and what counts for as the human. The living dead are also social and historical figures that rise up, haunt and stalk the living. The living dead encompass when a history of colonization, genocide, death, slavery, an American apartheid furthered by racism, sexism, and classism, and transnational migration and diasporic subjectivities, are reanimated for the living as the living dead. At times the living dead makes visible ghostly matters. Zombies are not just about the danger – they represent societal concerns, anxieties, and hopes for another kind of future. In neoliberal modern colonial economic systems, are zombies a mechanism of survivance? They raise questions regarding the haunting – sociological, imaginary, and historical – creating a scene of witnessing. Through the living recuperation, recovery, reclamations, appeals to witnessing are made possible. Dr. Fukushima and Dr. Pillow offer reflections and a framework, through a course they team taught at University of Utah – Zombie Futurities. In analyzing the course curriculum, the context in which we were teaching, and the narratives of social death and zombification circulating in politics and media, we put forth a pedagogies of the zombie. A pedagogies of the zombie is methodology of teaching that centralizes decolonial feminisms, anti-racist theory, and gender, to understand how subjects and practices create social death, the living, dead, and hauntings, that may be contended with in the classroom.

Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah
Wanda Pillow, University of Utah



Salon with the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects – Silhouettes: Migration, (Un)Documented, and Pedagogies



This event is by invitation only. Please contact Dr. Fukushima at if you have questions or would like to be a part of this discussion. This event is being recorded. 

Purpose: The salons create a space for discussion, sharing, and connections. For this salon, I would love to invite all of us to be in a conversation regarding pedagogies, documentation and migration. Here, I recognize the current climate, and that when considering migration, documentation, and teaching, that we are not only discussing DACA, where migration and notions of documentation have a range of contested meanings. But, we are also recognizing that DACA, undocumented, and other forms of documentation have shaped our students lives, our own lives and pedagogues, and our communities (recognizing community is multifaceted and complex). Questions we seek to grapple with: What does it mean to teach / learn in the current moment on migration / emigration / immigration and transnational connections? What can be learned from the transnational/diasporic/migratory subject? What is currently being made invisible? How do you teach about migration? How does documentation, undocumented, and the dualities of legality/illegality emerge in the classroom and/or spaces of learning?

Format: The salon will be 90 minute recorded conversation. It will be edited then published to the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects websites (Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and our under construction edited multimedio web publication).

To begin our conversation, we could listen to Sonia Guiñansaca “Bursting of photographs after trying to squeeze out old memories”.

Then we will discuss the works of Ruby Chacon.


Salt Lake CityUTUSA*
MDT (UTC -6)
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 10:00 am
San FranciscoCAUSA*
PDT (UTC -7)
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 9:00 am
EDT (UTC -4)
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 12:00 noon
SeoulSouth Korea
KST (UTC +9)
Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 1:00 am
COT (UTC -5)
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 11:00 am
PHT (UTC +8)
Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 12:00 midn

Location in Salt Lake City

2130N Hoopes Seminar Room, Marriott Library, University of Utah.

For Silhouette’s Remote participants Call-in information

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 947-035-901

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check:

About folks invited to be in conversation:

Leticia Alvarez (Utah)
Crystal Baik (California)
Dalida Maria Benfield (Massachussetts)
Ruby Chacon (California/Utah)
Jose Manuel Cortez (Utah)
Cindy Cruz (California)
Annie Isabel Fukushima (Utah)
Sarita Gaytan (Utah)
Juan Herrera (California)
Alonso Reyna  (Unconfirmed?) (Utah)

Untethering in Korea



June 24 – 25, 2017

Seoul, South Korea

Tethered subjectivities encompass immigrants who are legally, socially, and politically bound to dualities of citizen/noncitizen, legal/illegal, freedom/social death, and more. Our efforts via action research, public pedagogy and south- south rescensions are to creatively engage and transform both our capillary relations of our migration through and from Asia, and sites and subject-locations for new solidarities.

Tethered Subjectivities and Human Trafficking in These Migratory Times
Saturday, June 24, 10AM – 12PM, Korea University
LG-Posco Hall, 4th Floor, 432
Speakers: Annie Isabel Fukushima, Hyesil Jung, Kanokwan Uthongsap

Border Crossings, (Non) Citizenship, and Rights
Sunday, June 25, 9AM – 10:50AM, Korea University
Hyundai Motor Hall, B2 Level B206
Speakers: Sudarat Musikawong, Malinee Khumsupa, tammy ko Robinson

Curriculum Workshop:
June 24, 2017 1:00PM-3:00PM
Hanyang University
College of Education

Additional Collaborators: Cha-u-ri Lee, Dohee Lee, Duhyun Ko, Lilly Ju Hee Lee, Salai Suanpi, Sun Mee Won, Watcharaporn Ruenroeng

Migratory Times: Militarisms, Displacements & Death Worlds

Join me for my presentation at the Militarism & Migration conference. My paper is entitled, “Migratory Times: Militarisms, Displacements, & Death Worlds.” I am grateful to the collaborators of the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects in our project, “Migratory Times.” This paper thinks through some of the conceptual frames I have been sitting with regarding death, social death, death worlds, and militarisms, for some time now. Some of these original questions appeared in my manuscript Migrant Crossings, in particular my chapter where I examine militarized sexual violence and “comfort women.” This paper is a growth out of this earlier thinking.

Militarism & Migration Conference


FRIDAY, April 21

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CHECK-IN

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. KEYNOTE PANEL

Impact of Militarization and Migration on Indigenous Communities

Moderator: Professor Erin Suzuki, Literature, UC San Diego

Keynote speakers: Professor Perse Hooper Lewis and Dr. Kalamaoka’ina Niheu

Professor Perse Hooper Lewis is a citizen of the Yomba Band of Shoshone Indians, located in the beautiful mountains of central Nevada. A settler to San Diego, she has spent her career serving the local tribal and urban communities on a variety of issues related to education, health, community development, and culture. A proponent of sovereignty and self-determination, Perse works with Indian-serving nonprofits and tribes to ensure program design, implementation, and evaluation reflect the needs and strengths of the community. In addition to her consulting duties, she holds a full-time position at the University of San Diego as the Tribal Liaison and a Professor of Practice in the Ethnic Studies Department.

Dr. Kalamaoka’ina Niheu, MD is a co-founder and convener for `Aha Aloha. She is a founding member and Kauka (Physician) for Onipa`a; Hui Kalo, the Hawai`i wide traditional taro farmer’s association, a Medical Officer in the Polynesian Voyaging Society Hokule`a, a Board Member of `Ahahui o; Kauka, and has served as Hawai`i Representative to the United Nations as a member of the Pacific Caucus. As one of approximately 800 Indigenous Peoples who gathered in Alta, Norway in 2013 she helped craft the Alta Outcome Document as an extension of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Her published works include “Pu`uhonua: Sanctuary and Struggle at Makua, Hawai`i” and “The Effect of the Military on the Health of Native Hawaiians.”

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. DINNER and COMMUNITY PANEL

Community Panel: A panel with recently resettled refugees from Syria, Sudan, and the Congo

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. COMMUNITY HOUR/BAZAAR

“African Band with Dance Kings and Queens.” A 15-minute performance by the local Congolese choir and dance troupe

Tabling with local community organizations, artisans, craft-makers, and UCSD undergraduates.

SATURDAY, April 22

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. CHECK IN


Panel 1. Militarized Citizenship

Joining the Military as Migration: Indigenous Soldiers in the Mexican Military, Ivan Sandoval-Cervantes, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso

The Local Imaginaries Leading to Militarized Youth, Heather Rae-Espinoza, Department of Human Development, Cal State Long Beach

Divergent Paths towards Militarized Citizenship: Korean International Male Students’ Military Service in S Korea and in the US in their Pursuit of Mobility and Citizenship, Hee Jung, Migration and Social-Integration Research Center, Konkuk University; and Ga Young, Education Policy Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Every Breath You Take: Asbestosis, the U.S. Navy, & The Militarization of  Chamoru Diasporic Bodies, Antoinette Charfauros McDaniel, Independent Scholar

Discussant: Simeon Man, History, UCSD

Panel 2. Feminist Epistemologies and Everyday Survival

Marching Beggars: Militarism and Social Welfare in U.S.-Occupied Okinawa, Asako Masubushi, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

Because Food is the Essence of the Everyday; or, the Palestinian Hearth and Everyday Survival, Lila Sharif, Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Migratory Times: Militarisms, Displacements & Death Worlds, Annie Fukushima, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah

Thug Love and Arab-Region Militarism: The Affective Logic of Migrating Investors and Megaprojects, Paul Amar, Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Discussant: Kamala Visweswaran, Ethnic Studies, UCSD

Panel 3. Refugeetude, Labor, and Citizenship

The Latinization of Los Angeles, Central American Refugees, and Identity, Alexis Meza, History, UC San Diego

Race, Nation, and the Immigration of Korean War Adoptees, Susie Woo, American Studies, California State University, Fullerton

Refugeetude: When Does a Refugee Stop Being a Refugee, Vinh Nguyen, Department of Culture and Language Studies, University of Waterloo

Imagining Inhumanity and North Korea: Emotional Citizenship in Paul Yoon’s Snow Hunters, Joseph Han, Department of English, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Discussant: Anita Casavantes Bradford, Chicano/Latino Studies & History, UC Irvine

Panel 4. Colonial Violence, Militarism, and Mobility

Rehabilitating the Golden Triangle: The Long Strive to Move From a Drug-Based Economy to New Forms of Neoliberal Development, Josto Luzzu, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney

Time and Haste in Differentiation of Settler/Native Mobilities in North America, Carrie Alexander, History, UC Davis

Permissible Militancy and Racialized Hierarchy: Diasporic Korean Militarism and the Nebraska Youth Military Academy, 1908-1914, Youngoh Jung, History, UC San Diego

Nicaragua was Spanish for Palestine: Israeli Covert Arms and Counterinsurgency for the Contras, 1978-1985, Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn, American Studies, Yale University

Discussant: Victor Bascara, Asian American Studies, UCLA

Panel 5. Military Technologies, Counterinsurgency, and Cyber Resistance

Tracking Mobility: Techno-Paranoia and Benevolent Dictatorships, Christopher Patterson, Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University

Economy of Excess: The Value of Military Waste Materials, Davorn Sisavath, Anthropology and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fresno

Militarized Sexuality: Queer Fantasies, Slash Fiction, and Cyber Resistance, Keva Bui, Department of English, Dartmouth

Creating ‘Positive Peace’ in the ‘Pivoting Pacific, Sylvia Frain, Peace & Conflict Studies, University of Otago/ Te Whare Wānanga Otāgo, Dunedin/ Otepoti, Aotearoa New Zealand

Discussant: Charles Thorpe, Sociology, UCSD

Panel 6. Militarization, Securitization, and Border Imaginaries

Migrating Islands and Reframing Environmental Refuge(e)s, Olivia Quintanilla, Ethnic Studies, UCSD

Urban Security Regimes and Border Militarization in Southern Mexico: Preliminary Findings from Tapachula, Chiapas, Krys Mendez Ramirez, Ethnic Studies, UCSD

La Leyenda Negra: Racial Imaginaries of Haiti and the US/Mexico Border, Katherine Steelman, Ethnic Studies, UCSD

The 4.3 Massacres, Anti-Base Activism in Jeju, and the Haunting Metaphor, Esther Choi, Ethnic Studies, UCSD

Discussant: David Pedersen, Anthropology, UCSD

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH and WALKING TOUR.

City Heights has become a hub for the resettlement of refugees from around the world, from Vietnam to Somalia to Iraq. Take this hour-long walking tour to learn about the history of refugee resettlement in the city.


Panel 7. Comparative Settler Colonialisms, Subimperialisms, and Refugees

Racialized Encounters: Vietnamese Refugees and Native Chamorros on Post-1975 Guam, Evyn Le Espiritu, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Decolonization and Subimperialism: Okinawa Postwar Emigration to Latin America, Symbol Lai, History, University of Washington

Asian Settler Colonialism: Resettlement of Vietnamese Refugees on Tongva Land, Saramosing Demiliza and Tiffany Tran, Asian American Studies, UCLA

Cultural Formations of Uchinanchu and Shima On the Move, Ayano Ginoza, Asian Studies, University of Redlands

Discussant: Daphne Taylor-Garcia, Ethnic Studies, UCSD

Panel 8. Queer(ing) Refugees and Militarized and Heteronormative Kinship

From Destruction and Flight among Queer-Identified Syrian Refugees, Sofian Merabet, Department of Anthropology, UT Austin

That Childhood Fantasy of Returning to My Family’: Migration and Queer Kinship in Transnational Korean Adoption Narratives, S Moon Cassinelli, Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Militarized Kinship: Black women, surveillance and place-making in San Diego, Christina Carney, Department of Women’s & Gender Studies and Department of Black Studies, University of Missouri

The Transnational Legacy of Sexual Enslavement and Militarized Heteronormativity in Fox Girl, Sam Ikehara, Department of English, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Discussant: Jillian Hernandez, Ethnic Studies, UCSD

Panel 9. War Trauma and Memories Across Generations

Trauma Through the Generations: Education, Identity, and Resilience Amidst Social Violence, Yvonne Kwan, Sociology, Dartmouth

The Search for Healing in Lan Cao’s The Lotus and the Storm, Jeff Gibbons, Department of English and Philosophy, US Military Academy, West Point

“You’re Korean, Don’t You Care About Your Own People?”: The Korean Diaspora Politics of LiNK’s “People Over Politics” Campaign. Lisa Ho, Ethnic Studies, UCSD

Medicating Trauma: Dis-ease and Contested Medicinal Care in Mukherjee’s “Fathering,” Catherine Nguyen, Comparative Literature, UCLA

Discussant: Khatharya Um, Asian American Studies, UC Berkeley

Panel 10. Militarism and Migration in the Postwar City

How Do Refugees Not See Race?”- SF East Bay Refugee Perspectives on Race, War, and Migration, Jennifer KA Tran, American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Militarized Settlement and Refuge in Albuquerque, New Mexico (1940s-1970s), Christina Juhasz-Wood, Women’s Studies, University of New Mexico

Phục Quốc: Vietnamese Exile Politics After the Fall of Saigon, Y. Nguyen, Sociology, Northwestern University

Militarized Miami: Counterinsurgency and the Refugee City, Emma Shaw Crane, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU

Discussant: Kirstie Dorr, Ethnic Studies, UCSD

Panel 11. Policing Migrants Under Neoliberalism

The Legacy of Reagan’s Cold War on Immigrants: Immigration Detention and the Power of Storytelling, Kristina Shull, History, UC Irvine

Debt: Peonage, Payments, Poetics, Calvin Walds, Literature, UC San Diego

Italian colonial expansion and the Criminalization of Migration in the Mediterranean Sea, Maysam Taher, Middle Eastern Studies, NYU

Dead on Arrival: Mexican and Central American Asylum Claims in the Age of Authoritarian Neoliberalism, Alfonso Gonzales, Ethnic Studies, UCR

Discussant: Nigel Hatton, Literature, UC Merced

Panel 12. Settler Colonial Visuality, Digital Activism and Decolonial Epistemologies

Digital Repositories and Social Reproduction: Gendered Publics and Ongoing Resistance in Palestine, Rana Sharif, Department of Gender Studies, UCLA

Perceiving Otherwise: Settler Colonial Visuality & Re-encountering Kimsooja’s An Album: Sewing into Borderlines, Crystal Baik, Department of Ethnic Studies, UCR

Donald Trump’s Wet Dream: The Frontrera Film Noir Landscape of Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer (2008), Felipe Quintanilla, Department of Spanish & Linguistics, Franklin & Marshall College

Multimedia Submission – Images at the Border, Justin De Leon, Lizeth Maria Ruiz-Herrejon, and Jessica Garcia, Ethnic Studies, UCSD

Discussant: Lan Duong, Dept. of Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. BREAK

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. DINNER

6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Film Screening: Nứớc (Water/Homeland) by Quyên Nguyen-Le

Set in the California drought, Nứớc is a six-minute experimental film about a Vietnamese American teen who attempts to piece together and understand their mom’s experience as a Vietnam War refugee. (Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

7:00 – 9:30 p.m. INTERACTIVE ART & ACTIVISM WORKSHOP with GABRIELA Los Angeles (Alliance of Filipina Women)

Building Solidarity & Resistance Against U.S. Militarism & Forced Migration Through People’s Art

Movements unleash the creativity and vibrancy of people’s struggles. Join this interactive workshop on how U.S. militarism and forced migration impacts Filipina women, children, and indigenous peoples. Participants will learn the art of stenciling posters and have the opportunity to choose pre-designed stencils or create their own designs.

GABRIELA is a grassroots organization and alliance of Filipina women founded in 1984 in the Philippines. GABRIELA Los Angeles is a member organization of the first overseas chapter GABRIELA-USA. They aim to educate, organize, and mobilize Filipino women to fight for their rights and welfare through education, organizing, campaigns, cultural art, and collective action. GABRIELA recognizes that the issues Filipino women face across the globe are rooted in the Philippines and works together to advance the movement for national liberation and genuine democracy in the Philippines.

SUNDAY, April 23

10:00 -11:30 a.m. PANEL WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACTIVISTS: “Take Back Our Education.”


Maridel “Da” AndradaAnakbayan San Diego.  Anakbayan is a comprehensive national democratic mass organization of Filipino youth and students from all walks of life who are fighting for national democracy, social justice, and equality in the Philippines and around the world.

Melissa Castañeda – Las Fotos Project, Tijuana.  Las Fotos Project is a community-based photography program whose mission is to bring about positive change for teenage girls facing adversity. It provides a creative outlet for students, encouraging them to express their artistic talents and explore their imagination.


The goal of the luncheon is to share stories, cultivate new relationships between community members, and forge partnership between local groups with faculty and students at UCSD.

Redefining Justice: Envisioning New Approaches in Anti-Trafficking Work

Redefining Justice:
Envisioning New Approaches in Anti-Trafficking Work

“Redefining Justice: Envisioning New Approaches in Anti-Trafficking Work,” the 15th Annual Freedom Network USA Human Trafficking Conference, will use a social justice lens to imagine what justice looks like in the anti-trafficking movement. To achieve justice is to talk about inequalities in our society and how injustices can create vulnerabilities to human trafficking and continue to disadvantage trafficking survivors. For the trafficked person, justice might look like the conviction of a trafficker, having access to various benefits, or the development of preventative efforts so that no one else experiences what they went through. What does justice look like to anti-traffickers? It might be through the criminal justice system, the civil legal system or restitution. It may be prevention or looking beyond the legal system or the development of new resources to protect survivors, victims, and potential victims. We look forward to exploring these issues during on April 5 -6, 2017 in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Registration opened on December 2016.

ASA Human Rights Section Newsletter – Spring 2017

ASA Human Rights Section Newsletter – Spring 2017

Download a PDF version of the newsletter: humanrightssection_asa_spring2017newsletter

A Brief Message from the Editors

We appreciate everyone who contributed to this newsletter on human rights in a new era. The content included in this newsletter responds to the context of a Trump presidency and its national and international implications; the contributors provide insights into human rights research, teaching, and advocacy nationally and abroad. The contributors paint a picture of the social and intellectual obligations of sociologists to contend with the human, notion of rights and human rights in this era.

Please see the final page of this newsletter for information on how to submit your pieces, and thank you in advance!

Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah
Hollie Nyseth Brehm, Ohio State University

Table Contents

Human Rights (Section) In a New Era – Thoughts from Your Section Chair – by Joachim J. Savelsberg, University of Minnesota


“Human Rights Scholarship in the Time of Trump” by Michael Schwartz, Stony Brook University

“What Is To Be Done? Response to Schwartz” by Louis Edgar Esparza, California State University-Los Angeles

“The Mexico City Policy: An Impediment to the Achievement of Women’s Right to Life” by Elizabeth Heger Boyle, University of Minnesota

“In Defense of Public Goods” by LaDawn Haglund, Arizona State University

“Using Sociology to Promote and Protect Human Rights” by Erik Larson, Macalester College

“Creating Inclusive Human Rights Classrooms” by Marie Berry, University of Denver

“Untitled” By James Rule, University of California, Berkeley

“Developments in Monitoring and Measuring Human Rights Violations” by Christopher N. J. Roberts, University of Minnesota

“Persistent Tensions: Human Rights and National Sovereignty in Socialist Venezuela” by Timothy M. Gill, Tulane University

Awards & Anouncements

2016 Section Awards

Awards and Announcements


Newsletter Submission Information

Human Rights (Section) In a New Era – Thoughts from Your Section Chair

by Joachim J. Savelsberg, University of Minnesota

Human rights scholars, like many, have been in a state of shock as of late. A growing number of nations openly dismiss basic principles of democracy, international solidarity and human rights. Turkey, the Philippines, Syria, and Russia are among them, and the forces that threaten the same principles are gaining ground in Western democracies as well, including the United States.

We are in shock all the more, as many expected global scripts of rationality and human rights to spread into all corners of the globe. And indeed, recent decades have witnessed systematic efforts to build institutions in response to grave human rights violations, a “justice cascade,” and an unprecedented wave of apologies by heads of state for injustices done in the names of their countries. Yet, denial has also been rampant, at times strategically planned in response to acknowledgment, and supported by a calculated reluctance to intervene.

The shock is further intensified as new trends are not just imposed from above, but at times supported by grassroots movements and tolerated by large segments of the population in many countries. It seems to me that we are facing a popular revolt against elites (yes, including scholars) and technocrats by those who feel that massive structural changes leave them on a downward trajectory, those who cannot hold their own in times of massive economic globalization and technological change. These times remind me of the 19th century industrial revolution, the structural transformation it constituted, the displacements it caused and the at times violent reactions, like those described by German playwright Gerhard Hauptmann in his “Die Weber” (about the 1840s violent uprisings of displaced weavers in Silesia).

In these times policy programs and political rhetoric become widely accepted that (1) dismiss knowledge, replacing it by ideological falsehood, (2) denigrate minorities and (3) advance protectionism. All three trends repeat developments of the 1930s in Germany, the country in which I was born, raised and educated. The denigration of minorities, its catastrophic outcome, foremost against Jews, is well known; “attitude is everything; knowledge is garbage” became a slogan in institutions of higher education; and employees from industries that benefitted from protectionist trade policies joined the Nazi party more than others.

What can we do? Most of us are U.S. citizens. Many of us are also members of social movements. And to us as engaged citizens, President Obama gave good advice in his farewell speech in Chicago, just two days ago as I was writing this text. I recommend rereading his speech. There is much we may want to take to heart.

But what can we do in our special role as scholars of human rights? We, after all, have tools to our avail that others are lacking. We must use our tools of scholarship to continue to observe, measure, and explain human rights violations and responses to them. My first sociology professor at the University of Cologne in the 1970s was René König, German émigré to Switzerland during what he called the 12 years of the so-called Thousand-Year Empire (yes, it was a short period, but the destruction during short periods can be beyond imagination). He insisted that we confront ideology with rigorous scholarship and social scientifically based knowledge. There are certainly different ways of knowing the world out there, but a real world there is, a world with human joy and suffering. We have to decide what methods of knowledge production we want to trust more than others. This decision is value-based, and I made my decision. I follow René König by pleading for methods of scholarship. Especially as human rights scholars, the current times increase our raison d’être. We have to live up to our obligation to generate knowledge about human rights, their abuses and their protections.

On a personal note, while our lives will be affected by recent political trends in the US and around the globe, they will not be absorbed by them. I, for one, am determined to continue to appreciate the blessings of my private life, all while living up to my obligations as a scholar and as a world citizen and a citizen of this country.

For us as an association I see two ways forward. First, let’s tap into our collective imagination. Some of you have responded imaginatively to my request for ideas on the monitoring of human rights violations in a new age of uncertainty and threat. This edition of our newsletter presents those contributions we received to our membership. I consider this a start, a collection of ideas that may bear rich fruit if we all take them seriously and follow up.

Second, let’s carry on with our year-to-year business. We have good things to look forward to in the life of our section, its newsletter and the 2017 Annual ASA Meetings in Montreal.

Regarding the newsletter, we have been served superbly well by Rusty Shekha in recent years, and we owe him great thanks. Rusty had to step down at this point for reasons we surely respect. He will be succeeded by an outstanding new editorial team, consisting of Hollie Nyseth Brehm at the Ohio State University ( and Annie Isabel Fukushima at the University of Utah ( I profoundly thank Annie and Hollie for agreeing to take on this job. As we move forward, please send any postings, such as announcements of recent publications, awards, or conferences to the new editors, as they detail above.

Further, we joined forces with the Section for the Sociology of Law to offer two co-sponsored panels at the 2017 Annual Meetings in Montreal. The topic will be: Human Rights and Law from Above and Below – Comparative Perspectives. One of these is an invited session, the other was open to submissions. Together they form a mini-symposium. The organizer of the open submission session is Frank Munger—great colleague, section member in both Human Rights and Law, and former editor of the Law & Society Review. In addition, we will hold our customary roundtables. The organizer of the roundtables is Lynette Chua of the University of Singapore. We trust that these roundtables will be at least as engaging as they were last year. Great thanks to Lynette and Frank! Also at the Annual Meetings, we have joined forces with the Section for the Sociology of Law and the Section on Crime, Law, and Deviance to organize what promises to be a spectacular party on the terrace of an old hotel (Hotel William Gray), a very manageable and most interesting walk through old Montreal from the conference site. We owe Eran Shor at McGill great thanks for identifying this site.

Again, let’s continue to make our section grow in size and relevance. It is an honor serving as your chair.

Human Rights Scholarship in the Time of Trump

by Michael Schwartz, Stony Brook University

I hope there will be many responses to Joachim Savelsberg’s invitation for section members to apply their evidential and analytic expertise to the task of answering the threats to human rights emanating from the Trump Administration. This can be an occasion when social scientists fulfill the mandate first articulated by W.E.B. Du Bois: that sociology should have as its mission “unleashing social truths,” “empowering change,” and “liberating humanity.”[1]

Toward that end, I want to point to some very narrow and applied work that already looms as instrumental in protecting (and hopefully even extending) human rights in “the Time of Trump.” This is not work I feel I am qualified to do; but my idea is that we all should be thinking in this way, and hope that by circulating these ideas, they will reach other scholars with the energy and expertise needed to implement them. That is, we need to act collectively to “unleash the social truths” that social science has to offer, and therefore empower the practitioners and activists who need these insights to defend or extend human rights.

So here are a couple of ideas about what kind of scholarship might be immediately useful:

The Trump Muslim Ban is going to be the subject of a sustained struggle, despite the resounding February 10 repudiation of Trump’s draconian Executive Order by the Ninth Circuit Court.[2] We can expect a whole raft of future moments, including some or all of the following: the evidentiary hearing (where the specific cases will have to be made); the various future appeals (where more conservative judges may be key); the now looming almost-certainty of a new Executive Order, which will need substantive challenge and on-the-ground resistance.

Despite the heartening mobilization of protest, legal challenge, and even state governments against this, there is nevertheless a dangerous lack of precision—or in many cases a lack of general information—on who has been impacted by the ban and in what ways it has harmed or endangered their welfare. And—maybe more important—tracing out the harmful human rights consequences of this or of a modified ban for the concentric circles of people in the U.S. and globally.

At least some of us are equipped to fill this evidential and analytic void. And if we can provide some clear answers, this work will be utterly central to the legal dispute—the Circuit Court decision[3] specifically mandates an investigation and adjudication of the economic and personal damage of the ban (and a comparison with its “beneficial” impact on “national security”). Nevertheless, the State of Washington, the ACLU, and the growing army of lawyers working the many cases have dreadfully fragmentary evidence.

We are in a position to provide comprehensive information that could be crucial to the judicial process. And this same information would be invaluable to the individuals and groups who are in the line of fire, all the activists mobilized to protect those impacted, and the broader public which is looking for ways to resist Trump’s attacks.

Here are a few of the important measurement issues that someone (or a research team) with real skill and expertise could help to answer:

  • How many people are in the pipeline for visas from the seven outcast countries—have already applied, but not yet granted—and where are they located? Is Homeland Security continuing to process them now that court injunction has been validated; or are they—in some venues—illegally imposing the ban?
  • How many current residents of the United States are here on student, visitor, or work visas from the outcast countries; how has the ban (or its threat) impacted their safety and welfare; and how can they be forewarned or forearmed against current or pending dangers?
  • What is the magnitude of U.S. business and personal travel for people from these countries; what is the magnitude of business and personal travel of U.S. residents/citizens to these countries? How disruptive is the reality or threat of the ban to their safety and welfare? How can they be informed of agencies or groups they can connect to?
  • Can we use already-developed research strategies to measure and analyze the full extent of disruption (to commerce, personal lives) that this ban can or would accomplish? Looking at the direct impact on those banned, on their families, on their businesses or occupations, and then outward to the people who rely (personally or economically) on this set of concentric circles? One example I know of was the cancellation of an already-planned academic conference on Middle East history and culture, a disruption of the lives and scholarship of hundreds of scholars, most of whom were not the direct targets of the ban.

Careful (or even quick but accurate) research on these and all the related issues will be very useful for the lawyers active in the (already) myriad legal cases being contested; allow the people directly and indirectly to contact each other and act collectively; and provide useful tools for rallying the broad opposition by demonstrating that these human rights violations reach right into most people’s lives.

And here is another, quite different, but also urgent application of our research skills. As the media are starting to report (not enough to be sure), Homeland Security has begun an onslaught of raids into Latino communities (unfortunately pioneered and defended by the Bush and Obama administrations), summarily detaining and deporting long-time residents (many with young children who are U.S. citizens) who have done nothing to provoke their expulsion.[4] The terrorized  communities have been organizing resistance to these raids, and there is real promise that this resistance can become the enactment of the sanctuary movement.

Human Rights (and particularly immigration) scholars have a great opportunity to supply usable knowledge to this resistance/sanctuary movement. The U.S. has a long history of immigration exclusion, as well as a long history of civil disobedience as a strategy for resisting various forms of expulsion. This history needs to be mined for useful insights into what succeeded and what failed in the past, and how these lessons can be applied to the current situation. This kind of work is exemplified by the superb David Bacon article circulated to the section by Bryan Rich.[5]  But this is only a start on what we need to do. We need to cull more insight from this history, and all become analysts of the many moments of resistance going on right now. Our analytics skills are needed to transmit lessons learned from one locale to others, as they try to defend communities against this developing reign of terror.

As social scientists we don’t often have an opportunity to contribute to “empowering change,” let alone “liberating humanity.” But, this is one of those moments. What we have to contribute can make a difference. And I think that Du Bois would say that when the opportunity appears, it becomes an obligation.

So I thank Joachim for creating a forum in which we can contribute, and I hope that the folks in the Human Rights section treat the opportunity as an obligation.

[1] Aldon Morris, The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. DuBois and the Birth of Modern Sociology (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015).

[2] State of Washington et al v Donald J. Trump et al, “Motion for Stay of an Order…” Order No. 17-35105; D.C No 2:17-cv-00141 Filed February 9, 2017, found at

[3] Ibid.

[4] Democracy Now,  ‘ICE Raids Speed into Overdrive: Advocates Say Obama’s Deportations Reaching 100 MPH under Trump,” (February 2, 2017), found at .

[5] David Bacon, “What Donald Trump Can and Can’t Do to Immigrants,” NACLA Newsletter, (February 6, 2017), found at

What Is To Be Done? Response to Schwartz

by Louis Edgar Esparza, California State University-Los Angeles

The task of sociologists, and especially sociologists of human rights, has not changed, though it may now be more urgent. United States institutions violate international human rights standards and norms as a matter of course, though some may now worsen. Here I offer my colleagues suggestions for research, the classroom, and for us:

For Research:

Understand, conceptualize, and reconcile some well-known data regarding the US criminal justice system with international human rights standards, including the following stubborn trends:

  • The United States currently holds two million people behind bars;
  • That is more than any nation today;
  • That is more than any nation in history;
  • Of these, a disproportionate number are African American;
  • Work behind bars is remunerated below the federal minimum wage;
  • The United States continues to practice capital punishment;
  • The United States continues to practice solitary confinement;
  • The United States continues to hold individuals without trial;
  • The United States continues to collect personal data without a warrant;
  • The United States continues extrajudicial killing via drone strikes.

Use data on social indicators that reveal the place of the US among peers:

  • The United States ranks 24th of 36 OECD countries on share of women in government;
  • The United States ranks 29th of 36 OECD countries on life expectancy at birth;
  • The United States ranks 35th of 36 OECD countries on income inequality;
  • The US ranks 35th of 36 OECD countries on rate of poverty;
  • 75% of OECD countries grant some form of paternity leave. The US is not among these;
  • The United States is the only OECD country that does not grant maternity leave for at least 12 weeks.

For the Classroom:

  • Inform classrooms of resources for undocumented, refugee, and immigrant students;
  • Make time to listen to students who are processing the changes undergoing in our society;
  • Place domestic human rights abuses in the context of US human rights abuses abroad;
  • Provide instruction on media literacy.

For Us:

  • Provide an unambiguous and unqualified defense of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), especially for marginalized peoples;
  • If you are placed in a situation where you are instructed to violate the UDHR, do not follow it;
  • Practice self-care;
  • If you have the resources, you may choose to donate to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or similar groups of your choice in your local area.

To End:

Two hundred people were arrested at the president’s inauguration on 20 January 2017. Many – including six journalists[1] – faced felony rioting charges, up to $25,000 in fines, and 10 years in prison.[2] Some of these charges have since been dropped, but this is part of a long trend in the criminalization of protest,[3] which now includes journalists. Resistance to worsening trends could use all the assistance possible.



[3] Esparza, Louis Edgar and Rhiannan Price. 2015. “Convergence repertoires: anti-capitalist protest at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.” Contemporary Justice Review.

The Mexico City Policy: An Impediment to the Achievement of Women’s Right to Life

by Elizabeth Heger Boyle, University of Minnesota

In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 580 women die from pregnancy-related complications for every 100,000 live births. For women in this region of the world, the lifetime chance of dying from pregnancy complications is 1 in 38. This reveals a violation of women’s basic right to life.

President Trump’s reinstatement and possible expansion on January 23 of the 1984 Mexico City Policy exacerbates this problem. The Mexico City Policy bans US aid to any organization that provides abortions (broadly defined) or even refers to abortion as an option for women. The Mexico City Policy was initially introduced under President Reagan and has been reinstated by all Republican presidents since then. George W. Bush exempted various services, such as post-abortion emergency treatment, from the ban, but Trump’s Executive Order made no such distinctions.

Ironically, over time, regions with high exposure to the Mexico City Policy have tended to have greater abortion rates, likely because access to modern contraception goes down when the policy is applied. Furthermore, abortion rates have not significantly decreased in the Global South since Reagan first instituted the policy, but they have declined notably in the Global North where there are no such restrictions. Apart from a lack of access to modern contraceptives, Trump’s expansive Executive Order could mean less funding for many hospitals in Sub-Saharan Africa, affecting public health in many other realms as well.

There is no reason for reinstituting the Mexico City Policy—the 1973 Helms Amendment already prevents the use of US tax dollars for abortion-related services or devices domestically and abroad. It is important that we continue to press the new administration to ensure rather than impede women’s basic human rights.


Bendavid, Eran, Patrick Avila, and Grant Miller, “United States Aid Policy and Induced Abortion in Aub-Saharan Africa,” Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Sept. 27, 2011 (online publish date): Vol. 89, pp. 873-880C,

Kaiser Family Foundation. 2017.

Sedgh, Gilda, et al. 2016. “Abortion Incidence between 1990 and 2014: Global, Regional, and Subregional Levels and Trends.” The Lancet 388(10041): p. 258-267.

Suh, Siri. 2017.

In Defense of Public Goods

by LaDawn Haglund, Arizona State University

With the election of Donald Trump to highest office in the United States, it seems a new era has dawned. As sociologists of human rights, the range and depth of threats posed by the new administration are breathtaking. We as a society have much to lose: decades of environmental protections guarding the rights of current and future generations, safety nets designed to prevent illness or hardship from sinking people into total despair, checks on the power of the rich to extract disproportionate resources from our shared societal wealth while restricting the rights and remuneration of workers, and a large body of regulations enacted to help prevent discrimination against non-majority populations.

Though analyses of how we came to this point continue to flood both professional and social media, I would like to focus on one aspect that is not new, but is often ignored: the assault on public goods. By public goods, I do not mean narrowly-defined “pure public goods,” which can only be provided by the state (think military and public infrastructure). I am referring to public goods that could potentially be privatized, though not in ways that are accessible in a just and equitable manner (think education, health care, social security, or meaningful remunerative work).

Scholars of human rights will immediately see the parallels with fundamental human rights. Societies create public goods to support the normative ideals embodied in human rights because without them, life for both individuals and the community as a whole is degraded, undignified, and at times lethal. Countless dedicated activists, communities, legal advocates, and public servants achieved these protections, safety nets, checks, and regulations over the course of generations of struggle.

Notwithstanding current shortcomings in achieving the ideals laid out by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is still possible to acknowledge the threats posed by the all-out assault on public goods waged by Congressional Republicans, right-wing media and think tanks, corporate lobbyists, and wealthy donors. This campaign—which has existed since the New Deal but gained traction with the “rollback neoliberalism” of Reagan and the 1994 Republican-dominated Congress—would have us ignore legitimate motivations for pursuing public goods. Instead, we are urged to rally against “government waste,” “burdensome regulations,” and “restrictions on liberty” while demonizing human vulnerability. These framing strategies are designed to win the hearts and minds of a critical mass of people so that the idea of a useless and rapacious state becomes a self-evident, common sense maxim.

Unfortunately, this strategy has blossomed into a full-blown offensive against public goods, and its proponents are now at the helm of the battleship. Sociologists are—implicitly or explicitly—at the center of the political storm, given their expertise in analyzing inequality, injustice, power, and privilege as they manifest along cleavages of race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion. This provides us with a unique opportunity to clarify not only how radical reversals of policy became possible, but also where and how they might be blocked, and how rights- and life-affirming alternatives might be advanced.

In Closing the Rights Gap, Robin Stryker and I asked several questions of relevance to this historical moment: “How is it that individuals and institutions come to accept a new set of norms or principles? When and why do they begin to act in ways that support these principles?” As with all social transformations, the current situation was brought on by identifiable actors who took concrete steps, utilizing a range of mechanisms and strategies, over time and in dialogue with existing political and institutional realities, to promote a set of norms reflecting their own goals, values, and interests. In this process, they sought to shape the perceptions and desires of the population at large around new normative frames that vilified state action, and to encourage people to act on those beliefs by supporting those who perpetuated the emergent discourses. From this point of view, our current situation did not originate with Donald Trump, nor is he the only agent of threat.

Similarly, the struggle to maintain the integrity of our hard-fought public goods, as well as to promote further spaces and processes where justice and dignity are upheld and fulfilled, is being waged by a range of actors intervening in analogous but opposite ways. Some of the mechanisms and strategies highlighted in our and others’ work include informational mechanisms geared toward providing evidence in support of a course of action (which, in the current zeitgeist, may include “alternative facts” and misinformation); symbolic mechanisms that employ framing or symbolism to inspire support (compare “Make America Great” baseball caps with “Pussyhats”); power-based mechanisms designed to mobilize pressure for change (lobbying and protest are common examples); legal mechanisms that utilize courts to uphold official norms; and cooperative mechanisms (such as dialogue and participatory spaces).

As sociologists, we have much to offer in all of these areas. As researchers, our role is crucial in asking the right questions, providing empirical evidence for the answers, and crafting solutions based on the best possible evidence. We can defend public goods by providing systematic, accessible evidence to the public, grassroots organizations, courts, Congress, and state legislatures that exposes the conditions that necessitate public goods, as well as documents the benefits they impart. While acknowledging the failings of our social institutions, we can illuminate the problems they are designed to address in ways that matter to people and appeal to our shared humanity. Otherwise, the dominant narrative of the rapacious state (and beneficent markets) will dominate.

Of course our work, and in fact much sociological inquiry, threatens those who benefit from existing injustices, and these actors have great incentives to cast aspersions on critics. As teachers, we must continue arming our students with critical reasoning skills and well-supported data and information, despite increasing attacks on the integrity of our scholarship by the media, “freedom schools,” and the privatization of education.

Yet, in the age of “alternative facts,” we can no longer expect our expertise to be enough. We also need counter-narratives to blanket assertions that the problem is the state. Policies and institutions such as the EPA, anti-discriminatory legislation, social safety nets, and shelters for vulnerable people – whether displaced, victimized, or otherwise at risk – did not arise out of thin air, or as some would have us believe, out of a desire to take money from hard working people. Moreover, creating a caring society is not the sole responsibility of charity organizations, but also of state actors and institutions working with communities. Alternative discourses of justice, compassion, and empathy that foreground the importance of public goods can restore the legitimacy of harnessing the state for societal wellbeing.

Narratives are also not enough, as our research indicates. Mobilization, legal challenges, and cooperative building of alternatives are also crucial. We are at a crossroads, where a multi-directional defense of public goods will be required to advance human rights. As scholars and teachers, we have much to offer in all of these areas, and a lot to lose if we stand by silently and watch our hard-sought knowledge be ignored, distorted, or dismissed. This period of crisis presents an opportunity to move beyond the glaring shortcomings of previous institutional and social arrangements to foster the emergence of a more just, inclusive, and rights-responsive society.

LaDawn Haglund is the author of Limiting Resources: Market-Led Reform and the Transformation of Public Goods (2010, Penn State Press) and co-editor (with Robin Stryker) of Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation (2015, U.C. Press).

Using Sociology to Promote and Protect Human Rights

by Erik Larson, Macalester College 

The recent and potential dramatic electoral shifts fueled by right-wing populism in the United States and Europe pose challenges to human rights. Fundamentally, these outcomes challenge the universality of human rights, particularly as the basis for government action, favoring a more ethnonational understanding of rights protection and provision.

In such an environment, how can sociologists respond effectively? There are certainly instances in which our professional commitments correspond to human rights principles—threats to academic freedom such as silencing researchers from presenting findings among a community of scholars or denying scholars access to data are also instances of interfering with rights to opinion, expression, and assembly.

Beyond these instances, we may see our work of gathering and presenting data as vital to promoting the monitoring and realization of human rights. In doing so, we need not duplicate the efforts of organizations with core human rights missions. Their collection and documentation of violations and provision of this compiled information to organizations that review human rights practices will often be more efficient, immediate, and effective than what we as scholars could achieve through primary data collection.

Yet, we as individual scholars and a collective profession have much to offer. Drawing as much on the inspirational work of many colleagues as on my own research on the growth of indigenous rights as a transnational phenomenon, the following non-exhaustive list catalogs some of these contributions that sociologists can continue to make:

  • Examining primary data in illuminating ways. Whether drawing on methods of analysis that can help uncover unexamined relationships or deploying theoretical ideas to provide new explanations, sociologists studying human rights can generate insights that provide focus to understanding the situation of human rights.
  • Understanding social determinants of rights realization. Moving beyond the immediacy of rights violations, examining the conditions that result in achievements of human rights can reveal a range of mechanisms that affect how individuals pursue rights and how other actors, such as governments and corporations, structure activities in ways that more effectively consider the human and distributive consequences of action.
  • Viewing situations from a human rights framework. Connecting the social conditions that we study—the gaps and inequalities—to human rights ideals could demonstrate the connections between people in different situations that much contemporary political rhetoric seeks to deny.
  • Seeing organizational processes that affect human rights. Acknowledging that not only governments are relevant human rights actors and examining how private sector and civil society organizational processes connected to organizational environments, networks, and movements can uncover means through which unsupportive government actions can be countered effectively.
  • Finally, explaining how human rights have become more influential. The history of human rights shows both increasing institutionalization in the international environment and autonomy on the part of human rights experts, suggesting that there is potential for new alliances to continue to challenge threats to the well-being and dignity of people.

Creating Inclusive Human Rights Classrooms

Adapted from Sie Center QuickFacts “Creating Inclusive Classrooms in International Studies

by Marie Berry, University of Denver

We enter 2017 in a highly charged political moment. There are important conversations happening at universities across the U.S. about creating and preserving our classrooms and campuses as spaces where all students—regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, immigration status, citizenship, or any other category of difference—feel welcome and encouraged to learn. At many colleges, it has also become apparent that international studies schools and classrooms face a series of unique issues related to inclusiveness and diversity—issues which likely apply to many human rights classrooms as well. These issues range from the fact that most students in international studies programs in the U.S. are from the West (and advantaged backgrounds), yet many aim to do work in the Global South among the most disadvantaged, to the fact that many international studies topics (e.g., development, human rights) have been accused of (neo)colonial orientations. While these issues have long been important, the current political environment has created an acute need to address them because many members of university communities—students, staff, and faculty—feel under threat.

Together with colleagues, I solicited feedback from a small group of current Master’s students on simple but potentially impactful ways that all faculty can begin to work towards creating inclusive classrooms where all students feel welcome and encouraged to learn about global issues. Based on the feedback from students, I offer this initial list with the recognition that it is not sufficient or comprehensive; rather it offers points of entry where faculty teaching on international issues can easily infuse principles of diversity and inclusion into their courses.

  1. Diversify assigned readings:

Work to ensure our course readings reflect a diversity of perspectives and authors from different backgrounds—including women, people of color, and scholars from the Global South. This is particularly important in international studies courses in order to actively disrupt the tendency to anoint Western scholarship and perspectives as the gold standard. Instead, ask whether there are places on our syllabi where local voices, scholars from marginalized groups, and scholars from the regions under discussion could be assigned. Even when these voices do not dispute traditional scholarship, normalizing diverse voices on our syllabi can allow more students to recognize their backgrounds as generating useful and legitimate perspectives on an issue. This tool is a useful way to get a quick estimate of diversity.

  1. Talk explicitly about inequality, power and privilege (without burdening those on the margins):

Many students of international studies—and human rights in particular—aspire to careers in the global arena. In order to do this work effectively, many are eager to better understand their own privilege and bias. One way to integrate these discussions into a variety of courses is to center the idea of intersectionality—the recognition that all people have multiple identities that are bound up with power hierarchies and that intersect and overlap in ways that create discrimination, advantage, or both in different situations. There are many resources to help facilitate these discussions, which require preparation (see here to get started and watch Kimberlé Crenshaw’s new Ted Talk). These conversations are important for white, Western students aiming to do work in the Global South in the current political environment. They are also important for students of color who may be interested in joining the Foreign Service or working for international human rights NGOs, where they may experience unique challenges related to their own identity (see an excellent related discussion here).

Further tip: be conscious of not putting the burden of this discussion on students with marginalized identities. This can make them feel like “tokens of diversity” being asked to do more emotional and intellectual labor than those occupying dominant identities, such as their white, cis-gender, straight, Christian, U.S.-citizen classmates.

  1. Bring current events—including domestic ones—into the classroom:

While most international studies (and many human rights) classes focus on the international, students are eager to bring recent domestic examples into the classroom as well. Perhaps more urgently than ever, what international studies faculty have been teaching for years—on fascism, authoritarianism, political violence, politicized ethnicity, populism, human rights, and so forth—can no longer pretend to only apply to “over there.” For instance, classes that highlight authoritarian regimes would do well to integrate class discussions on how current political discourse in the U.S. shares (or doesn’t share) similarities with the rise of authoritarian regimes elsewhere.

  1. Model inclusive language on your syllabi and in your lectures:

Language is a powerful tool for either facilitating or combating inequality, discrimination, and oppression. As such, here are some preliminary tips informed by suggestions from our graduate students:

  • Consider adding a note to our syllabi affirming all gender expressions and identities and encouraging students to reach out to us if they wish to be referred to by a different pronoun;
  • Avoid asking students questions about their race or ethnicity—questions like, “what are you?”—even if asked with good intentions—can make students feel singled out and uncomfortable;
  • Note any accommodations for students with differing abilities, medical issues, religious observances, and so forth. Invite students to talk to us if they feel unsafe or discriminated against in any way;
  • Avoid using phrases like, “Hi guys” or “us Americans” or “that’s insane” as each phrase is exclusionary or dismissive in certain ways;
  • While this may seem obvious, avoid referring to people as “illegals” or “illegal immigrants”; “undocumented” or “unauthorized” are preferred terms;
  • Look to work by Gary Howard and others for additional ways of approaching inclusive language.


These suggestions are intended as accessible “first steps” for faculty to create more inclusive classrooms. After the recent spate of Executive Orders, many students also now need specific resources, ranging from advice on their visas or work status, to guidance on whether they should participate in civil resistance efforts, to targeted mental health care resources like crisis hotlines or counseling services. Since faculty (and our syllabi) are often a first point of contact with students, we have an important opportunity to signal our willingness to serve as an ally and resource. Initiatives like We Stand With Our Students provide students the names and contact information of faculty allies and make coordinating efforts to support our students during these difficult times more straightforward, and I invite further suggestions.


By James Rule, University of California, Berkeley

For many Americans, the most catastrophic loss of innocence concerning their country’s human rights policies came in the spring of 2004, with publication of photos of Iraqi captives under military detention at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq.    Time will not soon erode the impact of those images—and I emphasize that images is what I have in mind here. The photo of the hooded prisoner forced to stand for hours in a precarious position, or the one of a female U.S. military guard holding an Iraqi prisoner on a leash—these stripped away all doubt about the lengths American forces were prepared to go in prosecuting their ill-conceived and ill-fated invasion of Iraq. Once these photos started appearing on front pages, everything changed. By all accounts, this country’s standing in world opinion suffered sweeping collapse—from which, some would say, it has never recovered.

Note the gap between the force of those images and that of other forms of intelligence about American actions in Iraq. Since at least the middle of 2003, reliable reports had been emanating from Iraq of unconscionable (and under international law, illegal) treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Among those making such reports was the International Red Cross. In July of that year Amnesty International cited the U.S. military for subjecting prisoners there to “cruel, inhumane and degrading” conditions. In November, AP distributed a report by reporter Charles J. Hanley documenting abuse of U.S. prisoners in Iraq, including at Abu Ghraib.

Early in 2004, the military itself began to acknowledge questions about such abuse. On January 13, one of the MPs in duty at Abu Ghraib reported abusive actions to military investigators. Three days later, the U.S. Command in Baghdad issued a one-paragraph press release on such an investigation. Three days after that Ricardo Sanchez, the Commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, ordered a criminal investigation. Things moved slowly. Sanchez later noted, under oath in Congressional testimony, that “Red Cross reports warning of abuse … [at] Abu Ghraib … became lost in the Army’s bureaucracy and weren’t adequately addressed.” But at the end of April, CBS’s “60 Minutes” and The New Yorker published the graphic photos that no one can forget. After that, the scandal, including both the original events and the subsequent reluctance to act on them, became national and international obsessions.

We social scientists seek out, document, and analyze empirical observations—often in the hope of convincing our fellow citizens that the things we focus on are not as they should be. Here we are not too different from investigative journalists, human rights workers, or activists representing disfavored groups. To pursue our roles, we put forward models of a better world, and we expect others to be as disturbed by discrepancies between these visions and the facts we document as we are. But if we are candid, we need to admit that we do not in any complete way understand why some of the discrepancies revealed by research ignite the public consciousness, and other are simply ignored. Nor do we know why images—or at least, the right images, at the right moments—galvanize publics in ways that the most thoroughly-researched reports often do not.

This is no counsel of despair, for I hold there is a positive conclusion to be drawn.    Shouldn’t we be paying attention to the complex social chemistry that determines what makes particular images—and for that matter, particular research studies—electrifying in particular contexts?  Can’t we find ways of analyzing what makes a particular image, or a particular report, capable of searing itself into public attention?  We know that moments exist when a single spark can set off a conflagration of public indignation or action. But we don’t know what distinguishes those moments.

Developments in Monitoring and Measuring Human Rights Violations

by Christopher N. J. Roberts, University of Minnesota

Monitoring and measuring human rights violations are among the most crucial—and challenging—of activities for human rights researchers. Human rights violations typically occur beyond the gaze of researchers, activists, and monitoring groups. They are often perpetrated in locations that are too dangerous, geographically remote, or politically inaccessible for the collection of “fresh” data on the ground as those abuses occur. But developments in digital technology, the ubiquity of camera-equipped mobile devices, and widespread access to the Internet offer new opportunities for the production, collection, and analysis of data surrounding human rights violations.

This commentary provides a brief overview of several new “open source investigation” initiatives that have already transformed the way that many journalists and human rights organizations investigate violations. Harnessing these developments in data collection and making use of them in the research context raises its own challenges. Still, there are enormous opportunities for sociologists of human rights to innovate in the theory, method, and analytic techniques associated with the monitoring and measuring of human rights violations.

Never before have individuals so isolated had such a large global audience to turn to for help. Today, people in conflict zones post videos, photographs, and offer narrative accounts of human rights abuses on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and WhatsApp. A number of organizations seek to offer guidance for those creating user generated content. WITNESS, for instance, is one such initiative that focuses its efforts on training citizen activists around the world in the safe and effective use of video to document and expose human rights violations around the world.

The ability to use such data to improve the lives of the abused and hold accountable the appropriate violators, however, depends on the intensive efforts of investigators who must authenticate, process, analyze, and interpret the staggering quantities of data that are now publicly available on the Internet. To date, journalism collaboratives and human rights organizations have taken the lead. First Draft News and the Verification Handbook, for instance, are resources for journalists, activists, academics, and aid providers for authenticating, handling and using user-generated content. Similarly, Citizen Evidence Lab is an initiative that offers a series of guidelines, publications and studies oriented towards advancing best-practice techniques for authenticating user-generated content. Its partner-organization Amnesty International has already employed digital verification techniques to authenticate user generated evidence and corroborate accounts of civilian killings in Syria as well as the existence of mass graves in Burundi.

Although it is increasingly common for journalists and activists to put to use user-generated digital content, one of the most innovative and noteworthy projects involving researchers and students is The Human Rights Investigations Lab at UC Berkeley. Students who participate in this lab learn cutting edge user-generated data authentication techniques from leaders in the field. Using specialized software and querying tools, they systematically gather and process evidence associated with human rights and humanitarian violations in order to be of use for researchers and criminal prosecutions.

These developments in data collection hold enormous promise for sociologists whose research involves the monitoring and measuring of human rights violations. At these early stages, however, a great deal of theoretical and methodological groundwork lies ahead for social scientists who wish to leverage successfully such data in their own research.

Persistent Tensions: Human Rights and National Sovereignty in Socialist Venezuela

by Timothy M. Gill, Tulane University

In 1998, Venezuelan citizens elected their first leader outside of the two-party system that dominated the country since 1958: Hugo Chávez. On the campaign trail, Chávez attracted support from the popular classes by promoting the construction of a new constitution that would recognize all sectors and racial/ethnic groups, and would endorse the idea of a participatory democracy. Chávez would also promise to tackle extensive socio-economic inequality. In office, Chávez would indeed construct a new Venezuelan Constitution; initiate missions designed to combat social problems including illiteracy and lack of access to health care; and he would eventually embrace socialism. Under the latter move, Chávez asserted that Venezuela must encourage a truly democratic and communal form of governance.

At the international level, Chávez trumpeted the creation of a multi-polar world-system that would reduce U.S. imperial influence. Indeed, U.S. global power especially concerned the Venezuelan president as dissident military officers and opposition activists temporarily deposed Chávez in April 2002. In its wake, Chávez would blame the U.S. for allegedly funding and providing support to the individuals that carried out the overthrow, and he would recurrently criticize the U.S. for violating Venezuelan national sovereignty by attempting to influence domestic political affairs. While the U.S. rejected the accusation that it supported the coup, it recognized that some groups that participated in the event had received some support from U.S. government agencies (OIG 2002).

Although citizens continued to elect Chávez, and then his successor President Nicolás Maduro, he faced a spate of criticism. Critics contended that the socialists stifled private enterprise, targeted opposition politicians, and, despite enacting several government missions, transgressed an array of human rights. Critics have also portrayed the socialists as paranoid autocrats that invent conspiracies in order to justify support for draconian policies.

In two recent publications, I have examined how the Venezuelan government sought to contain U.S. influence within the country by prohibiting foreign funding for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). First, I have shown how Venezuela has pursued legislation targeting NGOs since 2006 (Gill 2016). It would take the Venezuelan government until 2010, though, to pass legislation that criminalized foreign funding for NGOs that promote – ambiguously phrased – political rights. In that article, I show that Chávez had remained susceptible to criticism from foreign state leaders and domestic NGO representatives in 2006, and thus decided to shelve the law. In 2010, though, I show that Venezuela had become immersed within a global subfield involving countries that were also pursuing similar legislation, including Belarus and Russia, and this sort of maneuver had become normalized within this newfound global milieu. What is more, the Venezuelan government had severed relations with formerly critical countries and NGOs.

In a second publication, I have drawn attention to how Venezuela continues to deploy a discourse of national sovereignty and a discourse of human rights depending on particular goals (Gill 2017). As it involved legislation targeting NGOs, for example, the government utilized a discourse of national sovereignty. In defense of the legislation, Chávez quite plainly stated that that “[Venezuela is] a sovereign country … [and there are] political parties, NGOs, personalities of the counterrevolution that continue being financed [by] the US empire … I implore you to pass a very strict law to impede this.”

In recent months, President Maduro has continued to prioritize the idea of national sovereignty. Amid a food and medicinal shortage, Maduro has refused to accept assistance from several countries and institutions. And when criticized by, for example, the U.S. for its handling of the political-economic crisis, government leaders have demanded the U.S. respect Venezuelan national sovereignty and not meddle in its affairs.

Despite this continued emphasis on national sovereignty, I have also shown how the government has, at times, advanced a discourse of human rights. Venezuelan government leaders indeed routinely testify that no other country respects human rights more than Venezuela. Leaders also continue to use the language of human rights to criticize foreign governments, including Israel and the U.S. In July 2014, for example, Venezuela condemned Israeli military attacks within Palestine, and sent medicine and clothing to the country. President Maduro has also recurrently criticized U.S. foreign policy efforts in places such as Libya and Syria, as well as the extrajudicial murder of unarmed African-Americans throughout the country.

Tensions between human rights and national sovereignty visibly persist in Venezuela. The Venezuelan government has provided economic assistance to a number of countries throughout the world including Haiti and Nicaragua, yet it has guarded its own sovereignty so close that it has refused assistance amid its own crisis. The government has also rejected the notion that it hampers human rights by targeting NGOs, and has asserted that it must restrict NGO operations to bolster its own national sovereignty. At the same time, it has leveled human rights-oriented criticisms at a number of countries.

The existence of these tensions is not limited to Venezuela. The U.S. displays its own issues. It criticizes Venezuela, but it has failed to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as several senators assert that the U.S. should not answer to anyone outside its borders. These dynamics will undoubtedly persist well into the 21stcentury, and it will, first and foremost, behoove citizens to hold their domestic leaders accountable to the standards they set.


Gill, Timothy M. 2016. “The Venezuelan Government and the Global Field: The Legislative Battle over Foreign Funding for Nongovernmental Organizations.” Sociological Forum 31(1): 29-52.

Gill, Timothy M. 2017. “Unpacking the World Cultural Toolkit in Socialist Venezuela: National Sovereignty, Human Rights, and anti-NGO Legislation.” Third World Quarterly, forthcoming.

Office of Inspector General (OIG). 2002. A Review of U.S. Policy Toward Venezuela November 2001 – April 2002. Report Number 02-OIG-003.

2016 Section Awards

Best Graduate Student Paper Award

Roberts, Louisa. “Changing Global Attitudes Toward Homosexuality: The Influence of Global and Region Specific Cultures, 1981-2012.”

Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Award

Holzer, Elizabeth. The Concerned Women of Budburam: Refugee Activists and Humanitarian Dilemmas. Cornell University Press.

Best Scholarly Article Award

Teeger, Chana. 2016. “Both Sides of the Story: History Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” American Sociological Review 80(6)1175-1200.

Awards and Announcements

Manisha Desai was the Compact for Faculty Diversity’s 2016 Faculty Mentor of the Year, New England.

After spending several weeks as a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Bandana Purkayastha completed her first month as a Fulbright-Nehru scholar at the University of Hyderabad. She is gathering data on her project Water, Inequalities and Rights.

Anjana Narayan and Bandana Purkayastha have been awarded a 2017-2018 Global Religion Research Initiative grant to set up an interdisciplinary, multi-country coalition of scholars who will study living Islam and Hinduism from an intersectional perspective. The scholars from the US, India and Pakistan will also examine appropriate methodologies for studying lived religions.

Annie Isabel Fukushima is a member of the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects, a transnational feminist collective of artist, scholars, and activists. They were awarded $75,000 to implement research, pedagogies, and digital exhibitions entitled, “Migratory Times,” in the Colombia, Denmark, Philippines, South Korea, and the United States.


Adur, Shweta and Purkayastha, Bandana. 2017.  “Claiming ‘Tradition,’ Naming the Cause: Examining the Language of Social Identity among Queer South Asians in U.S.” Journal of South Asian Diaspora 9: 1-16.  Currently available at

Armaline, William, Davita Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha. 2016. “De Jure vs. De Facto Rights: A Response to ‘Human Rights: What the United States Might Learn From the Rest of the World and, Yes, From American Sociology.’” Sociological Forum. DOI: 10.1111/socf.12303

Desai, Manisha. 2016. “SWS 2015 Feminist Lecture: The Gendered Geographies of Struggle: The World Social Forum and its Sometimes Overlapping Other Worlds.” Gender and Society 30(6): 869-889.

Desai, Manisha. 2016. “The Gendered Geographies of Global Justice,” In Social Movements and World-System Transformation. Edited by Jackie Smith, Michael Goodhart, Patrick Manning, and John Markoff.

Desai, Manisha and Rachel Rinaldo. 2016. “Reorienting Gender and Globalization: Introduction to the Special Issue.” Qualitative Sociology, Dec. 2016.

Ferrales, Gabrielle, Hollie Nyseth Brehm, and Suzy McElrath. 2016. “Gender-Based Violence Against Men and Boys in Darfur: What is Gendered About Genocide?” Gender & Society 30(4): 565-589.

Fukushima, Annie Isabel.  2016. An American Haunting: Unsettling Witnessing in Transnational Migration, the Ghost Case, & Human Trafficking (W.S. Hesford and R. Lewis, Eds). Feminist Formations, Special issue, Mobilizing Vulnerability: New Directions in Transnational Feminist Studies & Human Rights 28(1): 146 – 165.

Fukushima Annie Isabel, Guest Contributor. (2016) “Why should human trafficking be countered through a critical human rights approach?” In John Vanek (Ed.), The Essential Abolitionist: What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery.

Hola, Barbora and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2016. “Punishing Genocide:  A Comparative Empirical Analysis of Sentencing Laws and Practices at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Rwandan Domestic Courts, and Gacaca Courts.” Genocide Studies and Prevention 10(3): 59-80.

Krase, Jerome. “The Italian American Contribution to Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban.”

Krase, Jerome. “The Rise of Italo-Trumpism.”

Krase, Jerome. “Intalo-Trumpism in NYC.”
Krase, Jerome and Judith N. DeSena. 2016. Race, Class, and Gentrification in Brooklyn: A View from the Street. Lexington Books.

Krase, Jerome. Keynote Lecture, “Seeing the Image of the City Change,” University of Central, Lancashire, United Kingdom, Fieldwork Photography Symposium, November 9, 2016.

Nyseth Brehm, Hollie, Christopher Uggen, and Jean-Damascéne Gasanabo. 2016. “Age, Gender, and the Crime of Crimes: Toward a Life-Course Theory of Genocide Participation.” Criminology 54(4): 713-743.

Waring, Chandra and Purkayastha, Bandana. 2017. “‘I’m a Different Kind of Biracial’: How Black/White Biracial Americans with Immigrant Parents Negotiate Race.” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, Culture. Currently  available online at:

Wyrod, Robert. 2016. AIDS and Masculinity in the African City: Privilege, Inequality, and Modern Manhood. University of California Press.

Wyrod, Robert. 2016. “When Rights Come Home: The Intimate Politics of Women’s Rights in Urban Uganda.” Humanity 7: 47-70.

Yousaf, Farhan and Purkayastha, Bandana. 2016. “Social World of Organ Transplantation, Trafficking, and Policies.” Journal of Public Health Policy 37: 190-199.

Newsletter Submission Information

Please send the following types of submissions to Annie Isabel Fukushima and Hollie Nyseth Brehm at and To be included in the next issue, please send your submissions by May 31, 2017.

Feature Articles: Articles that highlight research, teaching, or engagement relevant to human rights.

Research Notes: Brief reflections on research studies related to human rights. Notes could focus on the methodology, the findings, the dissemination of findings, etc.

Teaching Notes: Brief reflections on teaching about human rights in undergraduate or graduate classrooms. Tips and classroom activities are especially welcome.

Grassroots Notes: Reflections, stories, and advice pertaining to engagement with local organizations, policymakers, and/or grassroots activists.

Publications and Announcements: Recently published a book, article, or paper that the human rights section members should read? Have news or an opportunity that you would like to share with the human rights community? Please send it our way!

Institute of Impossible Subjects: Flashreads

Check out my contribution to the IIS Flashreads:

Here I discuss, “Pedagogies & Teaching the ‘Illegal'”

Pedagogies & Teaching the “Illegal”

by Annie Isabel Fukushima

Ngai’s work is brilliant. Allowing for one to trace legal events where the making of the “illegal” goes hand-in-hand with the making of the US.

Here is a lecture I gave drawing upon Mae Ngai’s work. “What is an American? Genocide, Relocation, Citizenship and Making of the ‘Illegal’“ (September 23, 2016) at University of Utah. The class: 100 students, majority students of color with many who have migrant narratives in their own histories and/or their family histories. It was important that we had a conversation about the making of the term “illegal.” Ngai’s work has been seminal for understanding the legal construction of citizenship and the “illegal.“

During the election period, living in a conservative state, where migrant communities are an integral part of the Utah context, discussing migration is ever important.

Lessons learned:

1. The term “illegal” has so much history, that even when you trouble it for students, they may still find it challenging. The legacy of “illegal” being synonymous with migrant and/or the dominant anti-immigrant sentiment make this a term that is difficult to move through, for some students. However it is critical that educators contend with the uncomfortable as a site of productive possibility.

2. It was important for me as an educator to link sentiments of immigration with colonial contexts. There is a historical need to trace how as the “illegal” is sustained through notions of citizenship furthered, cannot be delinked from colonial systems of governance.

3. To teach about migration, legality, citizenship, and coloniality, requires ongoing self-reflexive teaching practices. This lecture is not a perfect how to. It is an offering of what I did in one class. What I would change – this could have easily been three lecture. In the race for time and the need to crunch as much in as possible, I am left with what does not stick with the students?

4. I always make my lectures available after class. That way students may return to the notes and ask questions.

We all read:

  • C. Matthew Snipp, “The First Americans: American Indians.” Margaret L. Anderson and Patricia Hill Collins, Eds. Race, Class & Gender. An Anthology. Ninth Edition. Cengage Learning. 34 – 40.
  • Mae Ngai. “Birthright Citizenship and the Alien Citizen.” Fordham Law Review 75(5): 2521 – 2529.
  • Marie Friedmann Marquardt, Timothy Steigenga, Philip J. Williams, and Manuel A. Vasquez. “Living Illegal: the Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration.” Margaret L. Anderson and Patricia Hill Collins, Eds. Race, Class & Gender. An Anthology. Ninth Edition. Cengage Learning. 157-163.

Link to the Prezi (edited for this public audience).

Flashreads are a fabulous way to experience dynamic responses to works – videos, art, thoughts, connections, writing, and teachings. Here is what IIS says about the flashreads.

Welcome to the discussion site for the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects public “flashreads.”
Join us by reading the text and submitting responses of writing, video, links, reblogs and images!
Submissions are moderated to assure relevance to the reading and posts will be published anonymously unless the submitter includes a name in the content of the submission.

Currently reading February 17 – 20, 2017, the Introduction to Mae Ngai’s “Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America.”

The PDF can be found here:

Previous reads archived on this site include Rolando Vazquez, “Translation as Erasure: Thoughts on Modernity’s Epistemic Violence” and Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s “The Undercommons.”

Redefining Justice: Envisioning New Approaches to Anti-Trafficking Work


Freedom Network USA 15th Annual Conference, “Redefining Justice: Envisioning New Approaches to Anti-Trafficking Work”, April 5 – 6, 2017. 


Redefining Justice: Envisioning New Approaches in Anti-Trafficking Work,” the 15th Annual Freedom Network USA Human Trafficking Conference, will use a social justice lens to imagine what justice looks like in the anti-trafficking movement. To achieve justice is to talk about inequalities in our society and how injustices can create vulnerabilities to human trafficking and continue to disadvantage trafficking survivors. For the trafficked person, justice might look like the conviction of a trafficker, having access to various benefits, or the development of preventative efforts so that no one else experiences what they went through. What does justice look like to anti-traffickers? It might be through the criminal justice system, the civil legal system or restitution. It may be prevention or looking beyond the legal system or the development of new resources to protect survivors, victims, and potential victims. We look forward to exploring these issues during on April 5 -6, 2017 in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Registration opened on December 2016.

CEUs are offered. It will be in Washington DC, which is great if folks need to meet with OVC, DOJ, or other government partners. We also invite them to our conference and OVC sponsors the conference