Passing Lines: Sexuality and Immigration

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Passing Lines seeks to stimulate dialogue on the role of sexuality and sexual orientation in immigration to the U.S. from Latin America and the Caribbean. The book looks at the complexities, inconsistencies, and paradoxes of immigration from the point of view of both academics and practitioners in the field.

Passing Lines takes a close look at the debates that surround eyewitness testimony, expertise, and advocacy regarding immigration and sexuality, bringing together work by scholars, activists, and others from both sides of the border.

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Meet the Author

Brad Epps is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.

Keja Valens is Assistant Professor of English at Salem State College.

Bill Johnson González is an Instructor of Latino/a Literature at Wesleyan University.

Deborah Anker is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer on Law and Director of the Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program at Harvard Law School.

Angélica Cházaro is a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School.

Kathleen Coll is a Lecturer in Feminist Studies at Stanford University.

Bill Fairbairn is a project coordinator at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Paul Farmer is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Heloisa Maria Galvão is the president of the Brazilian Women's Group and a Community Field Organizer for Boston Pubic Schools.

Nicole Gastineau is an M.A. student at Harvard University.

Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is Assistant Professor of Latino/Latina Studies and Spanish at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Roger N. Lancaster is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Cultural Studies Ph.D. Program at George Mason University.

Eithne Luibhéid is the Director of LGBT Studies and Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Arizona.

Alice M. Miller is Assistant Professor of Clinical Population & Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Matthew E. Price is a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School.

Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez is Professor of Spanish at Mount Holyoke College.

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco is Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Distinguished Professor of Education, and Co-Director of the Institute for Immigrant Children, Youth, and Families at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents


About the Contributors



Chapter 1. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Immigration but Were Afraid to Ask

by Marcelo Suárez-Orozco

Chapter 2. Heteronormativity, Responsibility, and Neo-liberal Governance in U.S. Immigration Control

by Eithne Luibhéid


Chapter 3. Refugee Law, Gender, and the Human Rights Paradigm

by Deborah Anker

Chapter 4. Gay Enough: Some Tensions in Seeking the Grant of Asylum and Protecting Global Sexual Diversity

by Alice M. Miller

Chapter 5. Intimate Conduct, Public Practice, and the Bounds of Citizenship: In the Wake of Lawrence v. Texas

by Brad Epps

Chapter 6. Gay Rights are Human Rights: Gay Asylum Seekers in Canada

by Bill Fairbairn


Chapter 7. Tolerance and Intolerance in Sexual Cultures in Latin America

by Roger N. Lancaster

Chapter 8. Cultures of the Puerto Rican Queer Diaspora

by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes

Chapter 9. Politicizing Abjection: Towards the Articulation of a Latino AIDS Queer Identity

by Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez

Chapter 10. HIV and the Transnational Movement of People, Money, and Microbes

by Paul Farmer and Nicole Gastineau


Chapter 11. Unwilling or Unable: Asylum and Non-State Agents of Persecution

by Matthew E. Price

Chapter 12. Witnessing Memory and Surviving Domestic Violence: The Case of Rodi Alvarado Peña

by Angélica Cházaro

Chapter 13. "Yo no estoy perdida": Immigrant Women (Re)locating Citizenship

by Kathleen M. Coll

Chapter 14. Immigration, Self-Exile, and Sexual Dissidence

by Norma Mogrovego

Chapter 15. An Oral History of Brazilian Women Immigrants in the Boston Area

by Heloisa Maria Galvão


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