Freedom for Immigrants Welcomes Anthropology Professor Deborah Boehm As Fellow In Residence

Freedom for Immigrants is honored to welcome Deborah A. Boehm, Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Race and Identity at the University of Nevada, Reno, as a fellow in residence starting August 2019. 

Professor Boehm is one of the recipients of the American Council of Learned Societies and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Scholars and Society Fellowship. Professor Boehm’s research project, titled “A Study of Unseen Spaces,” will focus on analyzing the United States’ complex and ever-growing system of ICE jails and prisons, while uplifting the experiences of detained individuals and those working to abolish detention. 

“We are excited to collaborate with Professor Deborah Boehm in order to help the public gain further insight into this massive system,” said Christina Mansfield, Co-Founder/Executive Director of Freedom for Immigrants and cultural anthropologist.  “For far too long, a sheer lack of transparency and oversight has cloaked the U.S. immigration detention in secrecy, leading to a culture of abuse and impunity impacting hundreds of thousands of immigrants. Professor Boehm’s anthropological examination will no doubt contribute to bringing critical stories of resilience and resistance to light.”