Tens of thousands of undocumented youth, have voluntarily returned to or been deported to Mexico after having grown up in the United States. What are the challenges, obstacles, injustices, triumphs, and potential of this bilingual, bicultural generation on the move? Join Jill Anderson, co author of Los Otros Dreamers, and two of the ‘dreamers,’ Claudia A. Amaro and Maggie Loredo, for lunch to discuss these issues and more.
Jill Anderson was born in Utah, grew up in Texas, and has been living in Mexico City since 2007. She has a PhD in English with a specialization in U.S. American and Mexican-American literatures from the University of Texas in Austin. There, she also taught writing and rhetoric courses and collaborated with the Worker’s Defense Project on behalf of immigrant labor rights. In Mexico City, she served as Co-Director of the Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker guesthouse and center for peace and international understanding. In 2012, she began research with returning and deported young adults with the support of a postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México. Her research with young people working in call centers in Mexico City inspired her to work even more closely as a researcher-activist within the transnational movement for the human rights of (im)migrants in the Americas. Jill is co-author, with photographer Nin Solis, of Los Otros Dreamers (2014), and author of articles published by Latino Studies, Norteamérica, Wilson Center-Mexico Institute, and others. Currently she is the director of the non-profit, Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA), which is dedicated to advocacy, support, and empowerment of deported and returning immigrant youth in Mexico.
Claudia A. Amaro was born in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to the US at age 12 in 1988 after her father was murdered. In 2006 her husband was deported and Claudia decided to move back to Mexico with him and their son. In 2013, Claudia joined the #Dream9 and participated in a historic act of civil disobedience, returning home to Kansas City in the process. Claudia has studied journalism and industrial engineering, and she is certified as a teacher by the Department of Education in Mexico and Cambridge University. She is an active member of her community and supports Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA) as a liaison in the US. She is proud to be Mexican, and considers herself as a citizen of the world.
Maggie Loredo was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and migrated with her parents to the US at age 3. She spent her early childhood in Dallas, TX and at the age of 10 moved with her family to Georgia. Maggie finished high school in Whitfield County, GA in May 2008. After her attempts to enroll in college in the US failed, at age 18 she returned to the country of her birth. Maggie has lived in Mexico for 8 years and currently resides in the city of San Luis Potosi. She studied business administration with a specialization in tourism and is a budding photographer. Maggie has become certified to teach English and works as an interpreter. She is featured in the book Los Otros Dreamers, and together with Jill Anderson is co-founder of Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA).
Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.
Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.
WHAT: Do Lunch with Jill Anderson, Claudia Amaro and Maggie Loredo
WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.