At the 2013 American Anthropological Association annual meeting this year in Chicago, Illinois, Victor Garcia, director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI), presented research at a session, served as a discussant during another session, and, together with colleagues from the Census Bureau, was presented with an honorable mention award.
Garcia presented his research, “Transnational Drug Abuse Treatments: Alcoholics Anonymous Use Among Mexican Farmworkers,” in a panel organized with Ana Pagano, a colleague at the Prevention Research Center at Berkeley. This research was based on a study conducted by Garcia which consisted of four sequential, ethnographic field studies conducted in southern Pennsylvania and Guanajuato, Mexico, over a three-and-a-half-year period. The research findings revealed what kinds of treatment resources transnational migrant workers access for substance abuse disorders. Other presenters in this session were Brian Anderson from Stanford University; Anna Pagano from the University of California, Berkeley; and Laura Villa Torres, Clare Barrington, and Paul Fleming from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Garcia also served as a discussant for a session titled “When Research is Political: Engaged Anthropology and the Reluctant ‘Activist’,” which was organized by Amy Mountcastle, an associate professor of anthropology and Asian studies, and Deborah Altamirano, an associate professor and chair of anthropology, both of whom are from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh.
The National Association of Practicing Anthropologists also presented Garcia and his research colleagues with the Praxis Award, Honorable Mention for his work with the 2010 Census Ethnographic Evaluation Team of Census Staff and Independent Contract Ethnographers. The award was presented on the behalf of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists.
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