Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Mexico - COI

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Dr Andreas E. Feldmann

Email: afeldmannatuc [dot] cl

Andreas E. Feldmann is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Catholic University in Santiago de Chile. His research specializes in International Relations with a focus on political violence and terrorism; population uprooting and human rights, and international cooperation. His most recent work has appeared in Latin American Politics and SocietyTerrorism and Political ViolenceBeyond LawRevista de Ciencia PolíticaJournal of Peacebuilding and Development, and Migración y Desarrollo.Dr. Feldmann has worked as a consultant for International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and served as assistant to the Special Rapporteur on Migrant Workers and Members of their Families of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (2000-6). He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (2002) and worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow Researcher/Instructor in the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago (2003-5). 

Dr Alfonso Gonzales

Email: profegonzales1atgmail [dot] com

Dr Gonzales holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (2008) and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University (2002). Dr Gonzales's scholarly interests focus on Latino and Latin American politics, migration control, deportation, human rights, transnational gangs, and migrant social movements in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. He has published in the International Journal of Latino Studies, the North American Congress on Latin America-Report on the Americas, and with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. His research has been used in Federal immigration proceedings on behalf of Mexican and Central American asylum seekers.

Dr Benjamin T. Smith

Email: B [dot] Smith [dot] 1atwarwick [dot] ac [dot] uk

Benjamin T. Smith is an associate professor of Latin American history at the University of Warwick. He received his BA, M.Phil and Ph.D from the University of Cambridge. He has been living and studying in Mexico since for nearly fifteen years. He is an expert on contemporary Mexican politics and has published two books and an edited volume on the subject. He has also published many academic articles on varied subjects including indigenous politics, elections, taxation, healthcare, and the Catholic church. He is currently writing a book on the history of the Mexican press and another on the history of the drug trade. He writes on modern Mexico in Dissent, the Guardian, and Nexos magazine.

Dr Peter Watt

Email: p [dot] wattatsheffield [dot] ac [dot] uk

Phone: (UK) 0114 222 0544

Dr. Peter Watt is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield. He is co-author of Drug War Mexico. Politics, Violence and Neoliberalism in the New Narcoeconomy, Zed Books, 2012. His teaching and research interests include Latin American history, narcotrafficking and organised crime, white collar crime, issues relating to the protection of human rights, US/Latin American relations, the media and freedom of expression and new social movements in Latin America. He is also a writer for the North American Congress on Latin America. He is currently working with Mexican refugees seeking asylum in the US. 

Siddharth Kara

Email: siddharth_karaathks [dot] harvard [dot] edu

Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches the only course on human trafficking at HKS. In addition, Kara is a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. Sex Trafficking is the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the prize. Kara's second book, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. Just as Sex Trafficking provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry, Bonded Labor provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara's has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez

Email:  mark [dot] velazquezatuconn [dot] edu

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez is Associate Professor of History and the founding Director of El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean & Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Trained at Yale University as a historian of Latin America and U.S. Latinos, Professor Overmyer-Velázquez has dedicated his research and teaching to these intersecting fields. He completed his last book, Beyond la Frontera: The History of Mexico-U.S. Migration (Oxford, 2011), while on fellowship as the Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. His new book project analyzes the historical experiences of people from Latin America and the Caribbean in their hemispheric and global diasporas. Global Latin(o) Americanos: Transoceanic Diasporas and Regional Migrations (Oxford, 2017), emerges from his work as a Fulbright Scholar examining the history of Peruvian migrants in Chile. Winner of the New England Council on Latin American Studies Best Book Award, his first work, Visions of the Emerald City: Modernity, Tradition and the Formation of Porfirian Oaxaca, Mexico (Duke, 2006; Spanish translation 2010), analyzes the mutually defining processes of modernity and tradition during late 19th and early 20th century Mexico. Former co-chair of the Latina/o Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association, he also edited the two volume, Latino America: State by State (Greenwood, 2008), which addresses the historical significance of the growing Latin(o) American population throughout the United States. He serves as Vice Chairperson of Connecticut Students for a Dream (http://www.ct4adream.org/), a state-wide organization that advocates and provides assistance for undocumented students and their families. He is willing to provide his expertise pro bono in cases where NGOs do not have funds.  

Megan Ybarra

Email: mybarraatuw [dot] edu

Megan Ybarra is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Washington, Seattle. She only accepts Country of Origin Information cases for rural northern Guatemala and rural southern Mexico, and only from non-profit law clinics. Her first research project examines settler colonialism, violence and land activism in Guatemala’s Maya Forest. Her work has been published in journals including AntipodeJournal of Peasant Studies and Geoforum. Her current research interests include abolitionist solidarity in immigrant justice activism in the US and Mexico’s immigration enforcement practices towards Central American migrants.

Raymond B. Craib

Email: rbc23atcornell [dot] edu

Dr. Raymond Craib specializes in Latin American history and within that broad field Mexico and Chile. He has an an MA for the University of Mexico and a Ph.d. from Yale. He has spent a number of years in Mexico, beginning in the early 1990s and through to 2003 and continues to follow political events closely there.  He also worked in Chile since 2006 and travels there regularly.  His work in Mexico addresses issues in the 19th and 20th centuries related to cartography, property, and agrarian social relations. In Chile, he has focused on radicalism among university students and workers in the early twentieth century.  He considers himself to have a robust knowledge related to immigration issues.

 

 

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