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)

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

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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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)

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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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.

Marking Time

I am thrilled to be a part of the an exciting symposium happening at Rutgers right now:

Marking Time: Prison Arts and Activism Conference

Organized and Hosted by the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers, New Brunswick
October 8-10 2014

Visit the conference website for a view of the entire program:

Join me at the panel I am moderating:

PANEL: Narrating Injustice: Youth and Mass Incarceration (BSF)

9:30AM – 10:45AM, Friday, October 10 at the Bloustein School Forum

Sean Saifa M. Wall (Independent Artist)
“Letters to an Unborn Son”

Richard Mora and Mary Christianakis (Occidental College)
“(Re)writing Identities: Past, Present, and Future Narratives of Young People in Juvenile Detention Facilities”

Beth Ohlsson (Independent Educator)
“Reaching through the Cracks: Connecting Incarcerated Parents with their Children through Story”

Moderator: Annie Fukushima (Rutgers-New Brunswick)


The Escape & Rescued Memories: New York Stories (May 9th)

Join me on Friday.

At the end of the The Escape Rescued Memories: New York Stories  at Asia Society, there will be a panel. 

I will be on a panel discussing Lenora Lee’s performance with Song Kim ( Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund) and Purvi Shah (, moderated by Dan Bacalzo (NYU Drama Department),

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014 · 8pm
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue

General Admission & Asia Society members:
A/P/A Institute members:

Tickets: $15 general public, $10 Asia Society members, $12 students/seniors. Groups of 8 or more people can purchase at a discount. Email for group discount code. For tickets / info (212) 517-2742 or visit

The Escape Rescued Memories: New York Stories, Directed by A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar LENORA LEE, is an interdisciplinary performance with dance, martial arts, film, text and music. Performed by an Asian American cast of 10 dancers and martial artists from San Francisco and New York City, these works utilize the interplay between live performance and film. The performance draws upon voiceover of first hand accounts, contracts and court documents found in the archives at Donaldina Cameron House and the Library of Congress, highlighting the lives of women who were at the forefront of the early Chinatown communities at the turn of the 19th century.

On May 9, Dan Bacalzo (NYU Drama Department and Hunter College Asian American Studies Program) moderates a post-performance conversation featuring Lenora Lee, Purvi Shah (non-profit consultant, anti-violence advocate, and writer), Annie Fukushima (Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Associate, Women’s and Gender Studies and the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University), and Song Kim (Kirkland and Ellis Fellow, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund).

Description of the Performance (Full length description at Lenora Lee’s website:

American Studies COLLOQUIUM: An American Haunting: From Exclusions to the Ghost Case 4/30/14

COLLOQUIUM: An American Haunting: From Exclusions to the Ghost Case
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 11:45am – 01:15pm
Presented by Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima,
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in Women’s and Gender Studies
Response: Prof. Kathy Lopez, History and LHCS
Ruth Adams Seminar Room 018
Douglass Campus

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 11:45-1:15 | Lunch served | Paper will be pre-circulated

To RSVP, please email Liz Reilly

The paper is premised on Dr. Fukushima’s role as an expert witness in a case that has multiple names: “Chinese blessing fraud,” “Street scam” and the “Chinese Ghost Case.” Fukushima grapples with the ghosts that haunt anti-violence narratives through examining the “Ghost Case.” The Ghost case is a part of a genealogy of events  (i.e., exclusions, the coolie laborer, sexual slavery, human smuggling and Golden Venture, U.S. v. Kil Soo Lee, and Fang Ping Ding). Dr. Fukushima’s research employs media, legal, and sociological analysis of the ghosts in the media and legal coverage of human trafficking – the ghosts of immigration, human trafficking and violence.  As migrants cross into visibility in the U.S. legal system, their legibility is made possible by how they are witnessed, narrated, and tethered to being seen as victims/criminals, citizen/noncitizens, and illegal/legal.

Annie Isabel Fukushima, Ph.D. is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in Women’s and Gender Studies and with the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University (2013 – 2015). Fukushima received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of California, Berkeley. More about Dr. Fukushima:


Location Ruth Adams Building 018 Douglass

Panel Presentation: Language in Asian/American Performance and Translation Studies

Join me at the Association for Asian American Studies Conference.

“Language in Asian/American Performance and Translation
Studies” (Cypress B)

Grand Hyatt, San Francisco

11:30AM – 12:45PM, Friday, April 18

Discussant: Evelyn Ho (University of California, San Francisco)
Annie Isabel Fukushima (Rutgers University) – Remembering
and Witnessing an American Haunting in the Chinese Ghost
Case / ‘Blessing Scam’
Bomi Yoon (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) –
Homemaking for Transnational Adoptees in Sun Mee Chomet’s
How to Be a Korean Woman
Earl Yin-Wei Liao – The Present of the Detained Body: Poetic
Practice as Bridging Racial Form

General conference information, visit:

Alumni Talk: Asian and Latina/o Migrant Crossings and an American Haunting: From Chinese Exclusions to the Ghost Case


3PM, March 20, 2014
Kuykendall 420, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Annie Isabel Fukushima’s manuscript Asian and Latina/o Migrant Crossings and the Invisible/Visible Paradigm of Human Trafficking examines homosocial violence and transnational migration and economies. This presentation offers insight into one of Fukushima’s chapters. The chapter is premised on Fukushima’s role as an expert witness in a case that has multiple names: “Chinese blessing fraud,” “Street scam” and the “Chinese Ghost Case.” Fukushima grapples with the ghosts that haunt anti-trafficking narratives through examining the “Ghost Case.” To examine the ghosts in anti-trafficking narratives Fukushima contextualizes the Ghost case in a genealogy of events (i.e., exclusions, the coolie laborer, sexual slavery, human smuggling and Golden Venture, U.S. v. Kil Soo Lee, and Fang Ping Ding). Fukushima’s research employs media, legal, and sociological analysis of the ghosts in the media and legal coverage of human trafficking – the ghosts of immigration and human trafficking. The ghost case was received as the human trafficking event that did, and did not happen (Beth Povinelli’s concept of a quasi-event) and is reflective of a particular anxiety that perseveres in the U.S. present around the transnational migrant who navigates U.S. legal systems; such migrants are positioned as inhabiting a particular threshold between criminality and victimhood, even before a sentencing occurs. As migrants cross into visibility in the U.S. legal system, their legibility is made possible by how they are witnessed as victims/criminals, citizen/noncitizens, and illegal/legal. Through examining how one crosses into visibility, what are the ghosts that haunt anti-trafficking legal, media, and sociological imaginaries?