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Conference to Address Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking 
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 5, 2013 – The Eighth Annual Symposium on Human Trafficking will take place from Tuesday, April 9 through Thursday, April 11, at South Texas College and The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
 
Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera
Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera
 
“Drug-related violence has been an ongoing occurrence in numerous states in Mexico, and this problem is particularly severe in the country’s border states, such as Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and Coahuila,” said Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, one of the organizers of the conference.
 
Correa-Cabrer a said drug trafficking organizations have expanded their illegal activities to include extortion, migrant smuggling and human trafficking for the purposes of labor, such as participation in criminal activities, drug trafficking and sexual exploitation.
 
Panel presentations by guest speakers from academia, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, human rights advocates, immigration lawyers, business community members, diplomats, law enforcement and the media will discuss the subject of human trafficking, with an emphasis on women, one of the most vulnerable groups in migrant smuggling and human trafficking.
 
The conference opens at STC with the keynote address, “A Dangerous Journey to the United States,” by Father Alejandro Solalinde at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the Cooper Center on the Pecan Campus of STC, 3200 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. 
 
Solalinde, Coordinator of the Pastoral of Human Mobility South Pacific Region of the Mexican Episcopate, is founder of the shelter “Hermanos en el Camino” (Brothers on the Road).
 
Dr. Juliet V. García, UTB President, will provide opening remarks when the conference moves to Brownsville, at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the Lecture Hall of the Science, Engineering and Technology Building on Ringgold Road.
 
A closing reception will be held from 6–8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at Galeria 409 at 409 E. 13th St., Brownsville, where an art exhibit with juried submissions from local and international artists will open that evening.
 
Information regarding the three-day conference, including a detailed agenda, can be found on the conference website.
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