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Mark Ensalaco
Mark Ensalaco
Associate Professor

Ensalaco's expertise is in terrorism, political violence, human rights, dictators, human trafficking, immigration and Latin America. He is the author of the book Middle Eastern Terrorism: From Black September to September 11 and several journal articles on human rights. The following media outlets have interviewed or quoted him: CBS Radio News, CNN en Espanol, CNN International, Fox News Channel, BBC, Reuters, The New York Times, Voice of America and several on-camera appearances in Dayton. Ensalaco is fluent in Spanish.

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Miranda Hallett
Miranda Hallett
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Human Rights Studies Program

Hallett, who is fluent in Spanish, is a cultural anthropologist who studies migration in the Americas. She can speak to myths and facts about immigrants in the U.S., particularly undocumented immigrants from Central and Latin America; violence in Central America that fosters an increase in asylum seekers and how U.S. policies towards El Salvador affect migration patterns; Central American youth gangs, particularly MS-13, and policies to control their activities and movement in El Salvador and in the U.S.; anti-immigrant rhetoric and discourse by politicians in electoral campaigns; forms of immigration status and the history of laws covering immigrants, temporary workers, refugees and asylum seekers; and the history of the "sanctuary movement." She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Law and Social Inquiry and Latino Studies as well as a chapter in the edited volume Latino Migrations to the U.S. Heartland. The following media outlets have quoted her: The Conversation, BBC, CTV (Canada), KCRW-FM (Southern California), Houston Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor,, The New York Times and the Dayton Daily News.

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