Human Trafficking in the Americas: Conflicts and Crises at the Borders

Dates: 6-8 April, 2011 
Call for Proposals Deadline: 14 December 2010
Location: McAllen, Texas


Description: The Women's Studies Committee of South Texas College in conjunction with the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León is pleased to announce a call for papers for our fifth annual conference on Human Trafficking.

This year's theme will focus on trafficking within and between countries in the Americas. Because the causes and consequences of Human Trafficking are broad and varied, we seek submissions from scholars, practitioners and journalists across many disciplines, including Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Economics, Psychology and health professionals.

We especially encourage submissions on topics in one of following areas.

  • Domestic trafficking in the United States, or within any country in the Americas
  • Trafficking across borders
  • Government efforts to combat trafficking in source countries
  • The role of international organizations in combating trafficking
  • The nature of and causes behind the growth of sexual exploitation and coerced sexual services performed by persons who are trafficked
  • Organized sex industries and the people who profit from them
  • The connection between transformations in the global economy and the rise of sexual slavery
  • The expansion of worldwide markets and the rise of commodified sexuality and coerced sexual practices
  • Strategies for reducing the global practice of sex and labor trafficking

The conference will include presentations by guest speakers as well as art exhibits on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border. Proposals for papers, panels and roundtables will be accepted through December 14, 2010, and may be sent via e-mail to Jenny B. Clark, Chair of the Women's Studies Committee at [email protected], Denese McArthur at [email protected] or Arun Acharya-Kumar at [email protected] Please include the term "Sex Trafficking Conference" in the subject line, or visit us at

Please pass on to your colleagues as appropriate. We shall make prompt responses to all proposals.

Cosponsored by Texas National Association of Social Workers, Rio Grande Branch (CEUs for social workers from NASW Texas pending final approval, CLEs for Lawyers pending approval, CEU's for Health Professionals pending approval and TCLOESE credit for law enforcement).

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