Thursday, November 21 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Oakstop – MacArthur Meeting Room
1721 Broadway, Oakland
$10 entry, 1 hour of general CLE credit provided

Drawing on years of ethnographic fieldwork in Central American prisons, gang-dominated neighborhoods, and along migration and drug-trafficking routes, Dr. Fontes will delve into the conditions that drive migration to the United States.  He will also discuss the distinct challenges that Central Americans face when seeking asylum, including issues related to state-criminal collusion, government corruption, and the reach of non-state violent actors.

Anthony W. Fontes earned a PhD in Human Geography (2015) from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an expert witness for Central American asylum claims. He writes and teaches about violence, illicit economies, mass incarceration,  ethnography and the politics of security in the Americas. His first book, “Mortal Doubt: Transnational Gangs and Social Order in Guatemala City” (UC press 2018), won the 2018 William Leogrande Award,  In addition to numerous scholarly publications, his work has also appeared in Newsweek, Salon, and the New York Times.