Poster designed by undergraduate intern Olivia Tang

Expanding Forms of Immigration Detention and E-Carceration: An Interdisciplinary Discussion

Location: Walker Classroom (TNH 3.142) - School of Law

This panel discussion considered the expansion beyond physical detention of migrants to new digital restrictions on liberty, including ankle monitors and intrusive reporting apps. The panelists raised legal concerns regarding the rapid buildup of immigration detention and digital monitoring over several decades and presented videography of the impacts on migrants. The panelists also looked at the overlap between the use of detention and surveillance in the immigration and criminal justice systems and offered insights from the perspective of work in the criminal justice system. It further placed detention and electronic monitoring into context by considering the history of violence and dehumanization of Latinos and other people of color. The event concluded with consideration of opportunities for further research and advocacy on these critical issues.

Moderator: Elissa Steglich, Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law


Denise Gilman, Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law

Carolina Sanchez Boe, Carlsberg Fellow at IMC, Aarhus University, Denmark, affiliated to CERLIS, Université de Paris and SADR, City University of New York

Becky Pettit, Barbara Pierce Bush Regents Professorship of Liberal Arts, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Monica M. Martinez, Associate Professor, History, University of Texas at Austin


Immigration Clinic, Bernard & Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights & Justice, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

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