Roundtable - Late-Breaking
Reviewed by: AAA Late-Breaking Review Committee
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students
Primary Theme: Migration and displacement
Secondary Theme: Race and social justice
This roundtable/workshop brings together anthropologists and immigrant rights lawyers and advocates together to discuss the current migrant asylum crisis at the Mexico/US border. It focuses in particular, the role anthropologists play as expert testimony in asylum seeking cases. With the increase of people asking for asylum at the border and being denied this fundamental right, the work of anthropologists to assist in asylum cases has become crucial. Yet, what goes into giving expert testimony? What does this work entail? What are the experiences of anthropologists who give testimony? This roundtable will also incorporate immigrant rights lawyers and advocates who will give a short training on how to best utilize the skill set of anthropologists who want to help with asylum cases.