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Latinas in the Criminal Justice SystemVictims, Targets, and Offenders$
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Vera Lopez and Lisa Pasko

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479804634

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479804634.001.0001

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No Solamente Porque Soy Mujer

No Solamente Porque Soy Mujer

A Transnational Intersectional Framework for Understanding Latin American Women’s Experiences with Crimmigration

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Latinas in the Criminal Justice System

Katie Dingeman

William Estuardo Rosales

NYU Press

This chapter examines 110 in-depth interviews with Central American and Mexican migrants who were placed in the custody of U.S. immigration enforcement since the rise of mass detention and deportation in the mid-1990s. The authors advance an intersectional approach to understanding the complexity of Latin American women’s experiences as their various identities collide and interact with different sites in immigration custody. Linking border studies and crimmigration scholarship, the authors argue that migrants’ intersectional experiences (along the lines of nationality, class, and gender) necessarily begin prior to entry to the United States. Premigration statuses critically shape both the type and the nature of Latinas’ border crossings as well as their experiences during apprehension, detention, and removal proceedings. Women’s encounters at each of these sites are further influenced by kinship ties, community support, and parental status. Overall the authors craft a transnational conceptualization of intersectionality that crosses international borders, while attending to the dynamic ways gender is constructed and policed under U.S. crimmigration laws.

Keywords:   crimmigration, intersectionality, gender, Latin American, immigration

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