Reflections on Anthropology and Human Rights

Members of the AAA’s Members’ Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC) reflect on the relationship between anthropology and human rights in honor of Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read their reflections and add your own in the comments below. “To do anthropology is always, in some … Continue reading Reflections on Anthropology and Human Rights

“The Hope Is in Organizing:” An Interview with Iconic Farmworker Activist Dolores Huerta

Post author Andre Fernando Biehl is a junior at Princeton High School in Princeton, NJ. As part of an independent social science project, he has been working with the nonprofit Migrant Worker Outreach. He is the Youth Editor and Contributing Reporter of Latino Migrant Teen Journal and, over the summer, he interviewed blueberry pickers at … Continue reading “The Hope Is in Organizing:” An Interview with Iconic Farmworker Activist Dolores Huerta

Five Things You Should Know About the “Migrant Caravan”

We are anthropologists who work with migrants and refugees, many of whom are fleeing for their lives.  And we want to set the record straight. We conduct research with migrants in Central America, Mexico, the U.S., and around the world; some of us have walked with migrant caravans. We have been working with these populations—our … Continue reading Five Things You Should Know About the “Migrant Caravan”

From the Golden Mile to the Blacker Barrios: The Geography of Intimidation

This post was submitted by Dr. Evelyn Dean-Olmsted, University of Puerto Rico; Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo, University of California San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and Andrea Lopez Rivera, San Diego State University. The heavy police presence along La Milla de Oro (The Golden Mile) was expected.  Occupying two blocks of parallel avenues, Muñoz Rivera … Continue reading From the Golden Mile to the Blacker Barrios: The Geography of Intimidation

Human Rights in an Age of Immorality and Unreason

This post is part of a series celebrating Human Rights Day authored by members of the former AAA Committee for Human Rights (CfHR), now represented on the Members’ Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC). This piece was submitted by Tricia Redeker Hepner, former chair of the CfHR and current chair of MPAAC.  It’s a cold, wintery day … Continue reading Human Rights in an Age of Immorality and Unreason

Advice From the Frontlines: DC-Based Human Rights Defenders

This post is part of a series celebrating Human Rights Day authored by members of the former AAA Committee for Human Rights (CfHR), now represented on the Members’ Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC). This piece was submitted by Jennifer Burrell, PhD, University at Albany SUNY following a CfHR roundtable at the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting featuring DC-based human … Continue reading Advice From the Frontlines: DC-Based Human Rights Defenders

Language, Human Rights, and Social Justice

This post is part of a series celebrating Human Rights Day authored by members of the former AAA Committee for Human Rights, now represented on the Members’ Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC). This piece was submitted by Kathleen C. Riley (Rutgers University). Words, speech acts, and larger discourses have consequences.  They have the power … Continue reading Language, Human Rights, and Social Justice