This chapter will discuss the importance of bringing testimonios and voices of asylum-seeking families impacted by border policies front and center to tell their truth(s). Through a long-term, relational project of accompaniment and activism alongside migrant families impacted by violent immigration policies, we seek to reflect on the role of engaging in research deeply connected and committed to the well-being of migrant families. This work highlights the experiences of the activist research we have been undertaking at the Southern border since 2018 to build community with, advocate for, and gather testimonios from families impacted by immigration detention and those forced to endure the traumatic Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), also known as Remain in Mexico, a policy that has stranded 70,000 families at the US/Mexico Border (Mukpo, 2020).
Pulling from feminist critiques of positivist research (Nagar, 2014) and Abrego’s (2020) framework of research as accompaniment, we insert activist research as a continued form of accompaniment, activist accompaniment, embracing the relational importance of research as accompaniment. Goals of this chapter focus on both the critical importance of amplifying and centering testimonios of those impacted by migration and inhumane immigration policies while understanding activist accompaniment as a significant humane approach to migrant research.