Based at the University of California at Los Angeles, the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP) is a long-term anthropological study of clandestine movement between Latin America and the United States that uses ethnography, archaeology, visual anthropology, and forensic science to violent understand this social process.

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The Undocumented Migration Project is Los Angeles bound!

The Undocumented Migration Project is Los Angeles bound!

Starting in July of 2019, the Undocumented Migration Project will be based in Los Angeles. UMP Director Jason De León is now Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. The UMP lab will be located in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology in the same lab space where Jason began...
Hostile Terrain 94 Fall Prototypes Announced

Hostile Terrain 94 Fall Prototypes Announced

Hostile Terrain 94 Fall 2020 Prototypes Announced The Undocumented Migration Project exhibition “Hostile Terrain 94” will be launching a series of prototypes starting this September.   THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2019 Hostile Terrain Prototype 94 Pop-up exhibition, Cypress College/Fullerton College, Orange County, California. WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2019 Hostile Terrain Prototype 94...
Associated Press features Hostile Terrain 94 Exhibition

Associated Press features Hostile Terrain 94 Exhibition

The Hostile Terrain 94 prototype that was exhibited at the University of Michigan in March 2019 was featured in the Associated Press.
Hostile Terrain 94 is coming Fall of 2020

Hostile Terrain 94 is coming Fall of 2020

In the fall of 2020, 94 locations around the globe will install the exhibition “Hostile Terrain 94” to raise awareness about America’s brutal immigration enforcement policy known as “Prevention Through Deterrence” that has claimed the lives of thousands of people since 1994. For more information on the exhibit and how...
The UMP to be featured in new exhibition "Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways" in Portland, Maine October 2018

The UMP to be featured in new exhibition “Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways” in Portland, Maine October 2018

The Undocumented Migration Project will be featured in new exhibition opening October 2018. Below is info from the press release: Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways brings together a dynamic group of contemporary artists whose work engages the theme of migration. Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine...
Jason De León named 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Jason De León named 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Undocumented Migration Project Director Jason De León has been named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow Info on Jason and this award can be found here  
UMP Director Jason De León Joins Board of Directors for Colibrí Center for Human Rights

UMP Director Jason De León Joins Board of Directors for Colibrí Center for Human Rights

From Jason’s Facebook Page: “I am excited to announce that I have recently joined the Board of Directors for the Colibri Center for Human Rights, a non-profit family advocacy organization working to end migrant death and related suffering on the U.S.-Mexico border. I am honored to work with this truly...
Excerpt from "The Land of Open Graves" highlighting the problems with building a "Border Wall"

Excerpt from “The Land of Open Graves” highlighting the problems with building a “Border Wall”

Chapter 6 “Technological Warfare” from The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (UC Press 2015) highlights many of the social, political, ethical, logistical, and economic problems associated with trying to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. You can read that chapter Open-Graves-Chapter6-TechnologicalWarfare-uncorrectedproof...
State of Exception Reviewed in New York Times March 3rd, 2017

State of Exception Reviewed in New York Times March 3rd, 2017

ART & DESIGN | CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK For Migrants Headed North, the Things They Carried to the End By HOLLAND COTTER MARCH 3, 2017 Continue reading the main story Strong political art is hard to make. So when it turns up, it’s worth a look. In an era of “great, great walls” and “bad hombres,”...
Jason De León wins 2016 Margaret Mead Award

Jason De León wins 2016 Margaret Mead Award

UMP Director Jason De León wins the 2016 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology for his book “The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail” featuring photos by Michael Wells. Information on the award can be found here. ...
Photo Essay Published in Sapiens

Photo Essay Published in Sapiens

Sapiens has recently published a photo essay about the Undocumented Migration Project’s recent work in southern Mexico on undocumented Central American Migration.  The full story can be found here. 
The Land of Open Graves Reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement

The Land of Open Graves Reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement

The Land of Open Graves was recently reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement.   Book critic Jennie Gamlin writes: “The Land of Open Graves is hard to put down. Its violent and vivid content draws you into a reality that we should all know about, and the author’s interpretation provides a political and theoretical perspective that...
The Land of Open Graves featured on National Geographic's Book Talk

The Land of Open Graves featured on National Geographic’s Book Talk

The Land of Open Graves has recently been featured on National Geographic’s Book Talk. The story can be found here.
The Land of Open Graves featured on Salon.com

The Land of Open Graves featured on Salon.com

An excerpt from “The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail” was recently featured on Salon.com. That excerpt can be found here.
Video about State of Exception Exhibit at ArtPrize

Video about State of Exception Exhibit at ArtPrize

The State of Exception exhibit will be at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan September 23rd-October 11th, 2015.  EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION: “State of Exception presents traces of the human experience– objects left behind in the desert by undocumented migrants on their journey into the U.S., all collected as part of the research...
Reviews for Forthcoming Book "The Land of Open Graves"

Reviews for Forthcoming Book “The Land of Open Graves”

Early reviews are in for the forthcoming book “The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail” (UC Press October 2015) “De León confronts us with a vivid indictment of the killing fields on the US-Mexican border and reveals the brutality of global inequality in all its...
The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (forthcoming book by Jason De León)

The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (forthcoming book by Jason De León)

The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail by Jason De León with photographs by Michael Wells Coming Fall 2015 from the University of California Press. More info here “In his gripping and provocative debut, anthropologist Jason De León sheds light on one of the most pressing...
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
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The Undocumented Migration Project Featured on Radiolab

The Undocumented Migration Project Featured on Radiolab

  The Undocumented Migration Project featured on Radiolab’s Border Trilogy. Check out all three episodes below:    
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