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Accountability across Borders

Accountability across Borders
Migrant Rights in North America

A timely, transnational examination of the institutions in Mexico, Canada, and the United States that engage migrant populations in becoming agents of change for immigrant rights while holding government authorities accountable.

June 2019
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336 pages | 6 x 9 | Hardcover has a printed case, no dust jacket | 2 b&w photos, 1 b&w map, 1 b&w chart/graph |

Collecting the diverse perspectives of scholars, labor organizers, and human-rights advocates, Accountability across Borders is the first edited collection that connects studies of immigrant integration in host countries to accounts of transnational migrant advocacy efforts, including case studies from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Covering the role of federal, state, and local governments in both countries of origin and destinations, as well as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), these essays range from reflections on labor solidarity among members of the United Food and Commercial Workers in Toronto to explorations of indigenous students from the Maya diaspora living in San Francisco. Case studies in Mexico also discuss the enforcement of the citizenship rights of Mexican American children and the struggle to affirm the human rights of Central American migrants in transit. As policies regarding immigration, citizenship, and enforcement are reaching a flashpoint in North America, this volume provides key insights into the new dynamics of migrant civil society as well as the scope and limitations of directives from governmental agencies.

  • Introduction: Enforcing Rights across Borders (Shannon Gleeson and Xóchitl Bada )
  • Chapter 1. Mexican Migrant Civil Society: Propositions for Discussion (Jonathan Fox and Gaspar Rivera-Salgado )
  • Part I: North America
    • Chapter 2. Global Governance and the Protection of Migrant Workers’ Rights in North America: In Search of a Theoretical Framework (José Ma. Serna de la Garza )
    • Chapter 3. The North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation and the Challenges to Protecting Low-Wage Migrant Workers (Xóchitl Bada and Shannon Gleeson )
  • Part II. Mexico
    • Chapter 4. Mexican Migrant Federalism and Transnational Rights Advocacy (Adriana Sletza Ortega Ramírez )
    • Chapter 5. Rebuilding Justice We Can All Trust: The Plight of Migrant Victims (Ana Lorena Delgadillo, Alma García, and Rodolfo Córdova Alcaraz )
    • Chapter 6. With Dual Citizenship Comes Double Exclusion: US-Mexican Children and Their Struggle to Access Rights in Mexico (Mónica Jacobo-Suárez )
  • Part III. Canada
    • Chapter 7. Transnational Labor Solidarity versus State-Managed Coercion: UFCW Canada, Mexico, and the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (Andrea Galvez, Pablo Godoy, and Paul Meinema )
    • Chapter 8. Assembling Noncitizen Access to Education in a Sanctuary City: The Place of Public School Administrator Bordering Practices (Patricia Landolt and Luin Goldring )
  • Part IV. United States
    • Chapter 9. Indigenous Maya Families from Yucatán in San Francisco: Hemispheric Mobility and Pedagogies of Diaspora (Patricia Baquedano-López )
    • Chapter 10. Binational Health Week: A Social Mobilization Program to Improve Latino Migrant Health (Liliana Osorio, Hilda Dávila, and Xóchitl Castañeda )
    • Chapter 11. “American in Every Way, Except for Their Papers”: How Mexico Supports Migrants’ Access to Membership in the United States (Alexandra Délano Alonso )
  • Epilogue: Theorizing State-Society Relations in a Multiscalar Context (Shannon Gleeson and Xóchitl Bada )
  • Editors and Contributors
  • Index

Xóchitl Bada
Chicago, Illinois

Bada is an associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacán: From Local to Transnational Civic Engagement and a coeditor of two forthcoming works: New Migration Patterns in the Americas: Challenges for the 21st Century and Handbook of Latin American Sociology.

Shannon Gleeson
Ithaca, New York

Gleeson is an associate professor of labor relations, law, and history at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She is the author of Precarious Claims: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States and Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. She also coedited Building Citizenship from Below: Precarity, Migration, and Agency and The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants.


Accountability Across Borders offers a rich set of contributions that are needed to conceptualize American 'ethnic' history beyond the borders of the United States, toward one that is transnational, multiply defined, and takes seriously the question of migration, rights, and social movements. This anthology offers up a nuanced regional perspective on immigration that is a must-read for transnational advocates, non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations, immigration scholars, and any person who is interested in taking up immigration theory, policy, and practice.”
Journal of American Ethnic History


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