Journeys of Undocumented Honduran Migrants to the United States

Journeys of Undocumented Honduran Migrants to the United States
Jana Sladkova
August 2010

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332392-9 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / x, 176 pages

Price   $65.00


Sládková explores undocumented Honduran migration to the United States through interviews with Honduran migrants who made the crossing through Mexico and across the guarded border to the U.S. She examines the factors that contribute to their success or failure: access to finances, ability to hire a coyote, means of transport in Mexico, encounters with Mexican police and immigration. Mexico is the most difficult part of the journey for Honduran migrants. Many are injured or die in the hands of gangs, police, and from freight trains they travel on top of. The U.S.-Mexico border presents only the final barrier; many don’t even reach it. Sládková also explores the psychological processes migrants employ to process their experiences of the dangerous journey, which most would never undergo again.

About the Author

Jana Sládková is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She earned her Ph.D. from City University of New York in 2007. She is an immigrant from the Czech Republic but her research interests lie mainly in undocumented migration from Latin America. Currently she is working on the impact of ICE activities on immigrant communities in Lowell.