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Chasing Slavery: The Persistence of Forced Labor in the Southwest

John Mckiernan-González
History & the Center for the Study of the Southwest

Pliley, Jessica R
History, Texas State University

Honorable Luis C.deBaca
Gilder Lehrman Center Senior Fellow in Modern Slavery, Yale University

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  • Schuedule of Events

    • 7:00pm: Keynote
      Ambassador Luis C. de Baca, Yale University: Chasing Slavery: Reflections from the Southwest
      8:30-9:30 - Reception in Taylor Murphy

    • 8:30 - 9:00 Coffee
      8:45 - 9:00: Welcome
      9:00 - 10:30: The Salon, Street, & Cantina

      • Chair, Jessica Pliley, Texas State University
      • Annie Fukushima, University of Utah: (Living)Dead Subjects: Mamasans, Sex Slaves and Sexualized Economies
      • April Petillo, Kansas State University: By Force or By Choice: Trafficking, Policy and Indian Country Realities
      • Melissa Torres, Baylor University: ‘Obligadas e ‘Ilegales’: Cantinas, Cantineras, y Cantineros in Contemporary Houston

      10:30 - 11:00: Coffee Break
      11::00 – 1:00 The Company

      • Chair: Jeffrey Helgeson, Texas State University
      • Manu Karuka, Barnard College: Continental Imperialism on the 32nd parallel
      • Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, George Washington University: "Dilemmas of a modern underground railroad in the era of migrant caravans: A road to freedom or modern-day slavery?"
      • Martha Uvalle, Seafood Workers’ Alliance: #Walmartstrikers: Supply Chain Organizing in Rural Louisiana
      • Mary Yanik, New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice: Legal strategies Supporting Worker-led Organizing

      1:00 - 2:00: Lunch
      2:00 – 3:45 : The Field and Sea

      • Chair, Thomas Alter, Texas State University
      • William S. Kiser, Texas A&M University at San Antonio: The Long-Lasting National Implications of New Mexico's Debt Peonage System
      • Christian Zlolniski, University of Texas at Arlington: “A New Bracero Program? Transnational Mexican H-2A Farmworkers in the United States.”
      • Danilo Balladares, Seafood Workers Alliance: Organizing against Forced Labor and Labor Exploitation in the Gulf Coast Seafood Industry
      • Rosario “Chayito” Elizalde, Seafood Workers’ Alliance: La Lista Negra: Overcoming Fears, the Blacklist and Borders

      3:30 - 4:00: Coffee Break
      4:00 - 5:45: The Prison and Detention Center

      • Chair, Dwight Watson, Texas State University
      • Jermaine Thibodeaux, University of Texas at Austin & Cambridge School of Weston: ”Raising Cane, Razing Men: A Gendered View of Life on Texas Sugar Prison Farms, 1884-1920
      • Natalie Lira, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: “Nobody Paid Me Anything:” Race, Disability and Forced Labor in California’s Pacific Colony
      • Volker Janssen, California State University Fullerton: Slavery by any Other Name? In Search of Legitimate Labor in Prisons’ History
      • Robert Chase, Stony Brook University: “We are not Slaves”: Strike Waves, Prisons and Civil Rights in Post-War Texas

      6:30 - 8:30: Dinner. Location TBD

    • 8:30 - 9:30: Coffee
      9:30 - 11:00: The House and Home

      • Chair: Sara Damiano, Texas State University
      • Mary Lui, Yale University: Onieta and the Arks: Farming out intimacy in the American River Delta
      • Julian Lim, Arizona State University & Stanford University: Sexual Slavery and Conjugal Deviations: Marital and Racial Anxieties in U.S. Immigration Law
      • Colleen O'Neill, Utah State University: The Limits of Colonial Parenting: Native American Domestic Workers in the Postwar Era

      11:00-12:00: Lunch

      12:00 – 1:30: Forced Labor Organizing and the Law

      • Chair, Luis C. de Baca, Yale University
      • Cristina Salinas, University of Texas at Arlington: Creating the Coyote: Cross-border Migration, Labor Middlemen, and the Law, 1929-1952
      • Grace Peña Delgado, University of California at Santa Cruz: Mexico, Its National Borders, and the Problem of New Abolitionism in Anti-Trafficking Politics
      • Sabina Trejo, Seafood Worker Alliance: Organizing With, Without and Against the Law: Lessons from the Gulf South
      • Ismael Hernandez Martinez, Seafood Workers’ Alliance: Fighting Racism and Retaliation

      1:45 – 2:15: Concluding Thoughts

      • John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, Texas State University
      • Jessica Pliley, Texas State University
      • Luis C. deBaca, Yale University