Homeland Security lawyers routinely ask experts in immigration court cases about compensation for their labor. The suggestion is that if money has been exchanged, perhaps their opinions have been bought. Meanwhile, pro bono offerings can be seen as “activism”—motivated beyond the court-framed “truth.” Even as I offer many declarations pro bono, I have come to recognize, uneasily, my role in an extended network of coyote types who convey people to safety. In this contribution, I delve into personal discomfort as I consider the expert's position in the political economy of migrant movement today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-75
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Anthropological Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2022


  • El Salvador
  • asylum
  • economy
  • money
  • testimony

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology


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