VIRTUAL - Jessica Goudeau - AFTER THE LAST BORDER

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 7:00pm
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This event will take place on Zoom. Register here.

Jessica will be joined by Megan Kimble, Ashley Faye from the Refugee Services of Texas, and Elena Korbut from Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.


The story of two refugee families and their hope and resilience as they fight to survive and belong in America

The welcoming and acceptance of immigrants and refugees has been central to America's identity for centuries--yet America has periodically turned its back at the times of greatest humanitarian need. After the Last Border is an intimate look at the lives of two women as they struggle for the twenty-first century American dream, having won the "golden ticket" to settle as refugees in Austin, Texas.

Mu Naw, a Christian from Myanmar struggling to put down roots with her family, was accepted after decades in a refugee camp at a time when America was at its most open to displaced families; and Hasna, a Muslim from Syria, agrees to relocate as a last resort for the safety of her family--only to be cruelly separated from her children by a sudden ban on refugees from Muslim countries. Writer and activist Jessica Goudeau tracks the human impacts of America's ever-shifting refugee policy as both women narrowly escape from their home countries and begin the arduous but lifesaving process of resettling in Austin, Texas--a city that would show them the best and worst of what America has to offer.

After the Last Border situates a dramatic, character-driven story within a larger history--the evolution of modern refugee resettlement in the United States, beginning with World War II and ending with current closed-door policies--revealing not just how America's changing attitudes toward refugees has influenced policies and laws, but also the profound effect on human lives.


Jessica Goudeau has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, among other places, and is a former columnist for Catapult. She produced projects for Teen Vogue ("Ask a Syrian Girl") and A Line Birds Cannot See, a documentary about a young girl who crossed the border into the US on her own. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Texas and served as a Mellon Writing Fellow and Interim Writing Center Director at Southwestern University. Goudeau has spent more than a decade working with refugees in Austin, TX and is the cofounder of Hill Tribers, a nonprofit that provided supplemental income for Burmese refugee artisans for seven years.

Megan Kimble is senior editor at the Observer and the author of Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food. Follow her on Twitter @megankimble.

Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, asylees, survivors of trafficking and other displaced peoples, and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities. Before her recent move to Texas, Ashley Faye served as Development Director at a global health NGO in Phoenix, Arizona and since 2006, has worked with refugees, trafficking survivors, system-involved youth and adults and indigenous communities in a variety of programmatic and development roles. Ashley holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Justice and Human Rights with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and two Bachelor of Science degrees in Justice Studies and American Indian Studies.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. Community Engagement Manager Elena Korbut will be representing IM for this event.

After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525559139
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - August 4th, 2020