While at CASBS, Camilo Pérez-Bustillo will deepen his work in defense of human rights at the U.S-Mexico border and beyond (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aoPkCe0Ll8&t=3460s). This includes accountability for mass human rights crimes against migrants and indigenous peoples (e.g family separation, the detention and deterrence of asylum seekers, and the persecution and death of migrants due to U.S policies). Central to this is universal recognition of the right to a dignified life, and to migrate, within the context of processes of transitional justice in the US, Mexico, and Central America.
Pérez-Bustillo is also engaged with translations of work by Mexican/Argentine philosopher Enrique Dussel, Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal, and US anthropologist Christine Eber, and with a biography of Camilo Torres Restrepo, Colombia’s revolutionary priest. Pérez-Bustillo is former director of research and advocacy at Hope Border Institute; research fellow (University of Dayton School of Law); fellow, Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) of the University of Bergen (Norway); adjunct professor, University of Texas-El Paso and New Mexico State University, and co-author with Karla Hernández Mares of Human Rights, Hegemony and Utopia in Latin America: Poverty, Forced Migration and Resistance in Mexico and Colombia (Brill 2016/Haymarket Books, 2017). Pérez-Bustillo has both U.S and Colombian nationality, and his family lives in Mexico City.