About the Author

Ms. Frank-Vitale is a doctoral student in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She holds a master’s degree in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Yale University. Her research focuses on Central American migration through Mexico and the intersections among the war on drugs, organized crime groups, party politics, and the varieties of violence faced by undocumented migrants. As a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs (2012-14), she was traveled extensively along the migrant corridor in Central America and Mexico. Her doctoral project focuses on how violence and migration are produced and policed domestically in Honduras and regionally. The Institute of Current World Affairs is a non-profit foundation that, for over 90 years, has selected, mentored and advanced the careers of highly promising young Americans through two-year immersion Fellowships abroad.