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Annual Human Rights@Duke Lecture: Detention, Deportation and Death: America’s Undocumented Immigrants Under Fire

Thursday, February 22nd, 5 PM
115 Friedl, Duke East Campus

This year’s annual Human Rights@Duke Lecture features Margaret Regan, a longtime journalist in Tucson, and author of two prizewinning books on immigration.  

Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire (2015) investigates the fate of undocumented immigrants who are arrested long after they’ve established lives and families in the United States. Her eyewitness reporting takes readers into detention centers and to the border town of Nogales, Sonora, where deportees are stranded far from home. The book won a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was named one of 100 Must-Read Books about the Southwest by BookRiot.  The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands (2010) chronicles the tragic deaths of migrants in the Arizona desert.  Both books were named Top Picks in the Southwest Books of the Year competition.

A writer for the Tucson Weekly, Regan has a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Pennsylvania; she also studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris. She has twice traveled to Guatemala, where she studied Spanish in two tiny schools in the colonial city of Antigua.

Regan worked as French editor for TV Guide magazine and as a children’s book editor at McGraw-Hill in New York before turning to journalism. In May 2017, she won the Arizona Press Club’s top journalism prize for arts criticism. She reports regularly on the arts for The Buckmaster Show, KVOI Am 1030, Tucson, and her work has been published in The Guardian, the Washington Post, Al Jazeera English, The Independent UK, Newsday, the Utne Reader and many other publications. She has been a TEDx speaker in Phoenix, and she has appeared on NPR, C-Span’s Book TV, WHYY Philadelphia, KPFK Los Angeles, Pacifica and many other radio stations. She’s a regular speaker at the Tucson Festival of Books.

This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute of Ethics.


February 22, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


115 Friedl