Lynn Stephen

Let Families and Communities Seek Asylum Together

Article by CLLAS Executive Board Member and Founding Director, Lynn Stephen

Art at the border, Public Books

As of June 1, 2021, there were 1,306,772 backlogged cases in US Immigration Courts, with an average wait time of 938 days, or 2.56 years, according to the Syracuse University Trac immigration project. The nation with the largest number of cases is Guatemala, with 287,097, followed by Honduras, with 251,795. Among these pending immigration cases are a large number of asylum cases. What is asylum? Why would it take so long? Why would Guatemala and Honduras top the list? And can we rethink what asylum is?

To read more, please find this piece on Public Books.

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Monday, July 12th, 2021 Immigration, Uncategorized No Comments

The Migrant Caravan: From Honduras to Tijuana

The Migrant Caravan: From Honduras to Tijuana
An Analysis by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies Fellows (2018-2019)

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This PDF is a recent report about the migrant caravan published by the Center for U.S.-Mexicana Studies, which granted permission for CLLAS to disseminate via our website.

The report talks about the conditions that produced the caravan in Central America, responses from civil society in Mexico and the U.S., explains what asylum is and how and why people seek it and some stories about asylees, and then political responses in Mexico to the caravan.

This report includes pieces by CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen, Philip H. Knight Chair, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and James Daria, a PhD student at University of Oregon in cultural anthropology and a previous CLLAS Graduate Student grantee and Faculty/Student Collaborative grantee.

See their articles on these pages:

  • “The Northern Triangle of Central America: Violence, Displacement, and Refuge,” by James Daria / p. 4
  • “The Response of Civil Society on Both Sides of the U.S.-Mexican Border,” by James Daria, Carolina Valdivia, and Abigail Thornton / p. 22
  • “The Path to Legal Safety: A Mismatch between the Law and the Practice.” by Lynn Stephen and Teresita Rocha Jiménez / p. 32

Following on the 2018-19 AY visits by Judge Yassmin Barrios and Dana Frank (professor of history emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz), this report should be of particular interest to the CLLAS community of faculty, staff, students, and community members.

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Lynn Stephen and Erin Beck among those to receive OVPRI 2018 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives awards

Erin Beck & Lynn Stephen

July 16, 2018—Lynn Stephen and Erin Beck, two members of the CLLAS Executive Board, are among those whose research will receive 2018 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives awards from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. The program will award up to $50,000 to four UO research teams, described in an article in Around the O: UO researchers awarded grants for interdisciplinary projects

Lynn Stephen, founding director of CLLAS and professor of anthropology, and Erin Beck, associate professor of political science, were selected for “Gendered Justice: Addressing Violence Against Women in Guatemala and the U.S.”

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 Advisory Board, Awards, Funding, Research No Comments

Led by new president Lynn Stephen, LASA forms an anti-harassment task force at annual meeting

A story in the May 29, 2018 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the new anti-harassment task force of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and quotes newly seated LASA president Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon professor of anthropology and founding director of CLLAS.

In the article “A Scholarly Group Had Avoided Talk of Harassment in Its Midst. Now It Seeks to ‘Start Anew,’” writer Nell Gluckman reports that Dr. Stephen announced the task force and policy at the annual meeting, which was attended last week by about 7,000 scholars and held in Barcelona. Stephen said that the group would look into harassment of all kinds, not just sexual harassment.

“We wanted to make a very strong statement,” Stephen said. “It’s not just a one-off for one year.”

For the full article, go to: Chronicle of Higher Education / LASA.

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 Academics, Advisory Board, Human Rights, News No Comments

Provost awards new Knight Chair to professor of anthropology Lynn Stephen

Lynn Stephen speaks at the 2017 Latino Roots Celebration / photo by Jack Liu

From Around the O

March 22, 2018—UO anthropology professor Lynn Stephen, a renowned scholar of Latin American studies, has been awarded a prestigious Philip H. Knight Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences as well as a member of the graduate faculty in ethnic studies. She is also a participating faculty member in women’s, gender and sexuality studies and Latin American studies.

She was awarded the honor as a way of “recognizing a limited number of truly outstanding professors,” according to her letter of appointment from Jayanth Banavar, provost and senior vice president. › Continue reading

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 Academics, Advisory Board, Awards No Comments


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