Close encounters of the deadly kind: Gender, migration, and border (in)security
Anna Ochoa O'Leary*
In this paper, I discuss several findings of my study of migrant women, temporarily suspended in the “intersection” of diametrically opposed processes: those posed by border enforcement measures and those posed by transnational mobility. A pressing issue that emerged from this research was how close women come to encountering death as they sidestep the border wall to cross without authorization into the US. Their testimonies shed light on how the intersection of contradictory processes contributes to a humanitarian crisis on the US-Mexico border in which the likelihood of death is increasingly present.
Keywords: migrants; women; border; crossing; deaths.
* Lecturer at the Mexican American Studies Research Center at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA. E-mail: email@example.com