Based at the University of Michigan, the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP) is a long-term anthropological study of undocumented migration between Mexico and the United States that uses ethnography, archaeology, and forensic science to better understand this clandestine social process.

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Powerful images of life at the US-Mexico border—photographed by children (Quartz)

Powerful images of life at the US-Mexico border—photographed by children (Quartz)

Article in Quartz about our National Geographic Photo Camp
"Border is Backdrop for Youth Photo Camp" Arizona Daily Star 6/21/2014

“Border is Backdrop for Youth Photo Camp” Arizona Daily Star 6/21/2014

Our National Geographic photo camp was featured on the front page of the Arizona Daily Star. The full article can be found online here.
State of Exception featured in New York Times Magazine

State of Exception featured in New York Times Magazine

The Undocumented Migration Project and the State of Exception exhibit were recently featured in New York Times Magazine. The article can be found here
Pictures: Documenting Journeys of Undocumented Migrants (Story by National Geographic News)

Pictures: Documenting Journeys of Undocumented Migrants (Story by National Geographic News)

National Geographic News has just published a piece on the Undocumented Migration Project featured photos by long-time UMP collaboratorMichael Wells. The story link is here Pictures: Documenting Journeys of Undocumented Migrants
Undocumented Migration Project Featured on NPR's Tell Me More

Undocumented Migration Project Featured on NPR’s Tell Me More

The Undocumented Migration Project was recently featured on NPR’s Tell Me More. The story is titled: “Understanding Migrants Through The Things They Carried”
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UMP Director Jason De León recently interviewed on Voice America Radio

UMP Director Jason De León recently interviewed on Voice America Radio

UMP Director Jason De León was recently featured on the Voice America Radio show “Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life with Kate Ebner.” You can stream the interview online here.
Our National Geographic Photo Camp for Kids was funded!

Our National Geographic Photo Camp for Kids was funded!

Here is a news article about our recently funded National Geographic photo camp for kids in Arivaca that we will run in June of 2014. The article is from the Santa Cruz Valley Sun and can be found here.
Help the UMP Send Kids to Free National Geographic Photo Camp on US/Mexico Border

Help the UMP Send Kids to Free National Geographic Photo Camp on US/Mexico Border

State of Exception opens at MOCAD Friday February 7th

State of Exception opens at MOCAD Friday February 7th

State of Exception opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit on Friday February 7th at 6pm.   Exhibition Information The exhibition State of Exception, originally installed at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Gallery in 2013, represents the collaboration between artist/photographer Richard Barnes, artist/curator Amanda Krugliak, and U-M anthropologist Jason De León,...
The Detroit News calls upcoming State of Exception exhibit "One of the must see events of 2014"

The Detroit News calls upcoming State of Exception exhibit “One of the must see events of 2014″

The Detroit News has recently published a piece discussing the State of Exception exhibit opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit in February 2014. The story can be found here.
UMP Director Jason De León interviewed on Stateside with Cynthia Canty, Michigan Radio

UMP Director Jason De León interviewed on Stateside with Cynthia Canty, Michigan Radio

“The Undocumented Migration Project uses archaeology to tell migrant’s stories”: UMP Director Jason De León interviewed on Stateside with Cynthia Canty, Michigan Radio. Listen here  
Jason De León's Presentation at National Geographic Live

Jason De León’s Presentation at National Geographic Live

"An anthropologist records the lives behind the border crossings" NBC Latino News

“An anthropologist records the lives behind the border crossings” NBC Latino News

“An anthropologist records the lives behind the border crossings” Story from NBC Latino News can be found here
UMP on Front Page of Arizona Daily Star (July 21st, 2013)

UMP on Front Page of Arizona Daily Star (July 21st, 2013)

“Migrants’ trash in Southern Arizona offers glimpse of history ACQUAINTED WITH ANCIENT GARBAGE, ARCHAEOLOGISTS NOW TAKE AN INTEREST IN MORE RECENT ARTIFACTS – SOME ONLY HOURS OLD.” Front page story about the UMP summer field school from the Arizona Daily Star can be found here
UMP featured on NatGeo Weekend Radio

UMP featured on NatGeo Weekend Radio

UMP Director Jason De León recently sat down with NatGeo Weekend Radio Host Boyd Matson to talk about immigration and anthropology. The full interview can be heard here
National Geographic Live! : A New Age of Exploration featuring UMP Director Jason De León

National Geographic Live! : A New Age of Exploration featuring UMP Director Jason De León

Article in Michigan Alumnus Magazine on the UMP

Article in Michigan Alumnus Magazine on the UMP

A PDF copy of a recent article in Michigan Alumnus Magazine can be found here: Michigan-Alumnus-UMP