Practices of Liberation in the Era of Mass Deportation

Practices of Liberation in the Era of Mass Deportation

What are the institutions and who are the people that benefit by detaining, deporting, and persecuting our migrant communities? What kind of normative ideas are reproduced by criminalizing paradigms in an era of mass deportation? How are economic, racialized, gendered, and speciesist frontiers produced and reproduced with the tightening of national borders? What kinds of practices, alliances, and dialogues can we develop in order to fight against the criminalization and persecution of migrants? What can liberation mean in a world confined by exploitative and racist relations of capital? What dialogues can we establish between diverse sanctuary practices, immigrant defense committees, migrant rights organizations, activist research, popular education, and performance?

Join us at this Teach-in on Practices of Liberation in the Era of Mass Deportation, where we will discuss these and other questions, build networks, and devise plans for expanding our collective potential for liberation.


María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo is a Professor with the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU. Her next monograph, NAFTA, Narcos, and Migration: How Free Trade Brought Us the Drug Economy and Its Refugees, investigates multiple connections between free trade, migration, and the drug trade that have flourished in the aftermath of the North American Free Trade Accord in 1994. She is also Chairwoman of Coalición Mexicana, a New York City immigrant rights organization and a volunteer and expert witness with immigration aid agencies internationally.

Pablo Domínguez Galbraith is a Ph.D Candidate in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at Princeton University. He is currently working on his dissertation Migrating Violence, Migrating Justice: Politics and Aesthetics of Central American Migration in the 21st Century. His research focuses on migration, forensic aesthetics and politics, transitional and transnational justice, non-fiction and documentary cultural production, as well as critical studies of surveillance, sovereignty, citizenship, kinopolitics, and contemporary forms of violence. He is also a founding collaborator of the Ecologies of Migrant Care initiative.

César Barros A. is an educator and activist. He works with the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, where he is part of the Popular Education program. He has focused his activism on researching the relations between the criminalization of immigration and big capital. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and Director of the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program at SUNY New Paltz. He is the author of the book Escenas y obscenas del consumo (Cuarto Propio 2013).

Ángeles Donoso Macaya is an immigrant educator, researcher, and organizer from Santiago, Chile, based in New York City. Since 2017, she has been a member of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. Ángeles is also Associate Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY and teaches a decolonial history of Latin American photography at The CUNY Graduate Center. Her research and teaching interests include Latin/x American photography theory and history, counter-archival production, human rights activism, and documentary film. Her book Documentary Matter(s): Photography and Resistance in Chile under the Military Dictatorship is forthcoming with University Florida Press (Fall 2019).