Human Rights along the U.S.Mexico Border: Gendered Violence and Insecurity

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Much political oratory has been devoted to safeguarding American's boundary with Mexico, but policies that militarize the border and criminalize immigrants have overshadowed the region's widespread violence against women, the increase in crossing deaths, and the lingering poverty that spurs people to set out on dangerous northward treks. This book address those concerns by focusing on gender-based violence, security, and human rights from the perspective of women who live with both violence and poverty.

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“This book is a fascinating, if horrifying, look at border violence and the many reasons it is flourishing, including the well-intentioned but frequently misguided policies of the United States government. I’m transfixed by its depiction of a topsy-turvy world where the immigrants are the heroes and the officials who pass and try to administer inhumane laws to please their xenophobic constituencies are the villains. This book makes a powerful statement about how insecure our newfound emphasis on homeland security is making all of us.” —Susan Tiano, author of Patriarchy on the Line: Labor, Gender, and Ideology in the Mexican Maquila Industry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816528721
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Staudt, Tony Payan, and Z. Anthony Kruszewski are respectively professor, associate professor, and professor of political science at the University of Texas–El Paso. Staudt is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, most recently Violence and Activism at the Border: Gender, Fear, and Everyday Life in Ciudad Juárez. Payan is the author of The Three U.S.–Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration, and Homeland Security.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Violence at the Border: Broadening the Discourse to Include Feminism, Human Security, and Deeper Democracy Kathleen Staudt 1

Part I Framing the Problems: Violence, Security, and Immigration

Introduction to Part I 29

2 Women, Migration, and Sexual Violence: Lessons from Mexico's Borders Olivia T. Ruiz Marrujo 31

3 Human Bights Violations: Central American Immigrants at the Northeastern Mexico Border Alberto Martín Alvarez Ana Fernández Zubieta 48

4 Crime and Violence in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands: NAFTA's Underground Economy as a Source of In/Security, with Comparisons to the EU Julie A. Murphy Erfani 63

5 In the Footsteps of Spirits: Migrant Women's Testimonios in a Time of Heightened Border Enforcement Anna Ochoa O'Leary 85

Part II Toward Action in Civil Society, Policy, and Transnational Policies

Introduction to Part II 105

6 Violence against Women at the Border: Unpacking Institutions Kathleen Staudt 107

7 Femicide on the Border and New Forms of Protest: The International Caravan for Justice Carol Mueller Michelle Hansen Karen Qualtire 125

8 Transnational Advocacy Networks, International Norms, and Political Change in Mexico: The Murdered Women of Ciudad Juárez' Olga Aikin Araluce 150

9 Human Trafficking and Protections for Undocumented Victims in the United States David A. Shirk Alexandra T. Webber 168

Closing Perspectives

10 Closing Reflections: Bordering Human Rights, Social Democratic Feminism, and Broad-Based Security Kathleen Staudt Tony Payan Timothy J. Dunn 185

References 203

About the Editors 223

About the Contributors 225

Index 227

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