The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum and the Us-Mexican Border and Beyond
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About the Author
John Washington is a writer, translator, and activist. A regular contributor to The Nation magazine and The Intercept, he writes about immigration and border politics, as well as criminal justice, photography, and literature. Washington is an award winning translator, having translated Óscar Martinez, Anabel Hernández, and Sandra Rodriguez Nieto, among others. A long term volunteer with No More Deaths, he has been working with activist organizations in Mexico, California, Arizona, and New York for more than a decade. He is currently based in Brooklyn.
--Jeremy Scahill, author of Dirty Wars "The Dispossessed is one of the most beautiful and wrenching books I've read in a long time. We are becoming a stateless world, as the combined effects of climate change, war, and struggles of resources push people from their land and their homes. John Washington's book offers no easy answers, but in its empathy, it is a guide for how we confront the crisis with decency."
--Greg Grandin, author of The End of the Myth "John Washington is a rarity in the world of Central American migration. He doesn't parachute into tragedy. He travels with humility and seeks to understand, not to reaffirm his hypotheses. This is a book from someone who has been understanding for a long time. I've been covering migration in Central America, Mexico, and the United States for thirteen years, and I can say with complete conviction: Read this book."
--Óscar Martinez, author of The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail "John Washington delivers an absorbing, harrowing, and deeply moving reportage that renders the most thorough and critical assessment of the US asylum system that I have ever read."
--Todd Miller, author of Empire of Borders