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Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States    Duke University Press 2014

What are the challenges to rebuilding a life after being trafficked into forced labor? Anthropologist Denise Brennan spent nearly ten years following the resettlement of men and women who were trafficked to the United States. Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States is an account of their struggles in and after trafficking. While many believe trafficking happens only in the sex trade, Brennan shows that across low-wage labor sectors—in fields, factories, and homes— widespread exploitation can lead to and conceal forced labor. Brennan contends that today's punitive immigration policies undermine efforts to fight trafficking. Exploited workers stay silent about abuse for fear of arrest and deportation. Life Interrupted is a riveting account of life in and after trafficking and a forceful call for meaningful immigration and labor reform. 

Excerpts:

Utne Reader

Reviews:

International Journal of Refugee Law

Monthly Labor Review

La Vie des idées

Choice

Books and Culture

Women's Review of Books

Gender & Society

Times Higher Education

Kirkus

ForeWord Reviews

Colorado Springs Independent

New York Journal of Books

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

Royal Anthropological Institute

New Labor Forum

American Journal of Sociology

Work and Occupations

International Migration Review

American Anthropologist

Journal of Anthropological Research

Contemporary Sociology

Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Interviews:

US News and World Report

Rolling Stone

New Books Network: New Books in Gender Studies

 

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What's Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic

What's Love Got to Do with It? follows the lives of resourceful Dominican and Haitian women who capitalize on the sex-tourist boom to meet, feign love, marry, and move overseas with foreign men. They use the local sex-tourist business as a stepping stone to international migration.

Reviews (selected): 

Jezebel

Chronicle of Higher Education  

American Anthropologist

Anthropology of Work

Signs

Journal of Anthropological Research

National Women's Studies Association Journal

GLQ:  Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

International Feminist Journal of Politics

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Trafficking Myths and Realities: Urban Legends, Moral Panics and Their Collateral Damage. Co-edited with Pardis Mahdavi. (under review).

 Life without Papers. (Field research and writing are ongoing).

Coming of Age in the Antitrafficking Era: Moral Panics and the Seduction of Rescue. (Field research is ongoing).

 What's Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic. (Writing a new updated edition with Duke University Press).