Author Bio

Holland Morgan recently graduated from West Chester with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sexuality Studies. They served as secretary of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance as well as Triota. They pursued certificates in sustainability and global awareness to pair feminism with their future work in sustainability.


There have been growing tensions along the United States-Mexico border over the last twenty years and the very unique position of Mexican immigrant women is largely ignored. With the increased militarization of the border to protect American land from people considered ‘illegal’, this has left immigrant women vulnerable to gendered violence from border officials; as well as state systems that silence their voices or persecute them for their undocumented status. This paper uses the disciplines of history, sociology, and women’s and gender studies to make connections between the state portrayal of immigrant women, violence in border cities, and community efforts to restore their humanity and prevent future violence. Analyzing these issues with accounts from Mexican grassroots organizations showcases a potential answer. Expanding community based groups can meet the immediate needs of women in border cities, while continuing to push for state and federal legislation that decreases military presence on the border and unravels the violent image of immigrant women.