Embarrassed I didn’t see this before and thankful to a dedicated volunteer with El Paso’s migrant community for pointing it out. If that wall ever gets built, it won’t be where people think. And it won’t address the refugee crisis. This article was just published in the Chatham County Line. I’m posting the full text in Spanish and English here. As always, thanks to Luis Melodelgado for his excellent translation. Thanks also to Julian Sereno. This issue of the Chatham County Line is his last as owner. Decades ago, Julian envisioned a bilingual column for this local paper. His dedication to the column helped lay the groundwork for the support Chatham County shows toward our immigrant neighbors.Read More
School teachers, county health officials, local police officers, and other everyday public servants are quietly improving life in North Carolina for immigrant-receiving communities. Read about one such initiative here.Read More
I wrote this a little while back, but at this rate, I may be re-posting the article annually. It’s hard to believe because researchers have known for decades a border wall with Mexico will not keep people out. If anything, our current system of border security tends to keep people in . This article published in Chatham County Line explains the unexpected consequences of building a wall. Be sure to check out the Spanish language version courtesy of Luis Melodelgado's skillful translation!Read More
This article was just published anonymously in the Chatham County Line. Other than the actress Diana Guerrero’s account, we have few stories from the children separated from their parents by deportation. I thought it important to post this one. As these young people grow into their own, we can expect to hear more stories like this one.Read More
1 course, 3 weeks, 3 credits. What causes Latin American citizens to emigrate to the United States without a visa? How do people undertake the journey? And what does all this mean for North Carolina communities? This class is scheduled to accommodate working students. Special consideration given to public servants and advocates working with Latino communities or thinking of doing so.Read More
Empowerment programs that take advantage of women’s low social status to secure their participation often end up reinforcing gender hierarchies. This new article shows how. Read the Sandbox post to see what my co-authors and I have to say about how Mexico might address some of the gender problems in its cash transfer program.Read More
Students in my Wealth, Poverty, and International Aid class point out the disconnect between their ideas of the root causes of poverty and the prescriptions offered by poverty relief organizations.
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I am flummoxed. It’s election season here in the United States, and I asked the two candidates running for US congress in my home district for their position on immigration. I got my answers….sort of. Thanks to Luis Melodelgado for the Spanish language version.Read More
A growing number of economic development programs worldwide provide cash specifically to women in poor communities. Giving women access to money empowers them, the theory goes.
Do they really work?Read More
Photos from the election in Calakmul, Campeche. I joined the Red Universitaria y Ciudadana por la Democracia that fielded more than 300 electoral observers throughout the country, one of the largest delegations in this year's election. Mil gracias al personal de IEEC en Xpujil quienes siempre me atendieron con cortesía y respeto.Read More
This post explores how international travel has become de rigueur in some social circles even as the United States incarcerates children removed from their immigrant parents in “tent cities.”Read More
Ben successfully completed his Master’s in Anthropology with his paper that examines how men employ lies, jokes, and jokes about lies to create the ties through which they collectively manage fish stock.Read More
Listening to news about “chain migration,” I was confused. I could not tell how many people come to the United States through chain migration. If chain migration is a problem, how big or small a problem is it? This article digs into some numbers.Read More
Recent events in Chatham County, North Carolina highlight the challenges to getting local development right. Working on improving your Spanish? Read Luis Melodelgado's translation.Read More
After spending one week with NCSU students supporting CARA's pro bono legal work processing asylum cases at an ICE family detention center, I found it hard to understand why we have the system we do.
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Michael successfully completed his Master's in Anthropology this December by piloting a methods track that allows our students to create a portfolio of research skills.Read More