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International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in Phoenix, May 24-28, 2012

Threats Real and Imagined to Cross-Border Journalism Programs

Richard J. Schaefer recounts the ongoing dilemma faced by the University of New Mexico’s Cross-Border Issues Group as it has attempted to pursue an exchange program to Raramuri territory in Mexico involving Mexican and U.S. students. The program was designed to research the health and cultural adaptations of the Raramuri to poverty, tourism, migration and trans-border crime. Citing safety concerns driven largely by U.S. media accounts of cartel violence and an April 22, 2011 U.S. State Department travel advisory covering the Copper Canyon area and 15 states in Mexico, UNM administrators twice canceled planned Raramuri territory research trips. Both trips had been carefully researched and coordinated with NGOs that disputed the media and travel advisory assessments of danger.

This paper documents the institutional reactions of UNM to U.S. State Department travel advisories covering Mexico and apprehension created by media coverage. It presents a case study of an ongoing dilemma faced by research institutions whose missions require them to balance the imperatives of informing the public on Latin American issues, including the violent crimes routinely committed against tens of thousands of North American migrants each year, and ensuring the well-being of students conducting research on these phenomena

This presentation is part of a border reporting panel organized by members of the Border Journalism Network.


Immigration Policy and Human Rights: Perspectives from Border Communities:  A Conference at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., June 17-20, 2012

Human Trafficking Panel, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., June 19, 2012

CBIG's Carolyn Gonzales and Richard Schaefer will participate in a panel discussion on human trafficking, organized by the University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute. This multi-university conference will be held in Corbett Auditorium at New Mexico State University.

Human Traffickiing Chapter 

CBIG's particiaption in the above panel was inspired by Gonzales and Schaefer's recently completed chapter on human trafficking through Mexico and along the Southwest Border that will be included in the forthcoming book: Borderline Slavery: Mexico, United States and the Human Trade by Ashgate Publishing,edited by UNM sociology professor and LAII director, Susan Tiano.