Human Trafficking Conference Planning Committee

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Dr. Arun Kumar Acharya

Dr. Arun Kumar Acharya is professor at Institute of Social Science Research, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. He is founder of Mexican Centre for Migration and Human Trafficking Studies, Monterrey. Prof. Acharya has actively participated on drafting of human trafficking law in Mexico in 2012 and 2014. His book Perspectives of Human trafficking in Mexico led most of the states of Mexico to reformulate their local trafficking law. He has also published more than 50 research papers in various international journals on issues of Migration, Human Trafficking, Gender violence and human rights, also 6 books on Migration and Human trafficking in Mexico. Recently, World Bank, Washington DC has invited him to deliver a lecture on “The Fragility of the Mexican State and Gender Inequality: The Case of Trafficking in Women”. He is also member of National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT) level II.

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Jenny Bryson Clark

Jenny Bryson Clark is Associate Professor of Political Science and chair of Women’s Studies at South Texas College. Her areas of expertise are forced migration, human trafficking, and gender inequality. Clark is co-editor of Human Trafficking: A Complex Phenomenon of Globalization and Vulnerability (Routledge, 2015) and A Global Handbook on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery (Sage, forthcoming 2017). Her recent research (2015-2016), which was funded by the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, involved working as part of a team of faculty from three institutions to study trafficking in Central America and along Mexico’s eastern migration routes. She is currently engaged upon an examination of bonded labor, gender inequality, and trafficking in India. She is a founding board member of the Rio Grande Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition, and she received the 2009 South Texas Civil Rights Project’s Emma Tenayuca award for her work bringing to light the forms of trafficking and coercion that affect women. Clark also teaches classes on the Politics of Human Trafficking, and Human Trafficking and Gender, at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

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Hector Guzman Lopez

Héctor Guzmán López is the coordinator of programming Border Workers United. Border Workers United is composed of the Labor Justice Committee in El Paso and the Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center in the Rio Grande Valley. Héctor coordinates activity with Fuerza del Valle educating, organizing, and advocating with low wage workers to better workplace conditions, to defend and increase workers’ rights, to win back wages for working people and families. Fuerza del Valle has been instrumental in winning over $350,000 in unpaid wages in the last 4 years outside of litigation, is proud to be part of movement who has won millions for working people and is at the front lines of the workers’ rights struggle. Fuerza del Valle holds weekly wage theft orientations and conducts vigorous outreach in the community. Héctor can be reached at

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Dr. Lucas Espinoza

Dr. Lucas Enrique Espinoza is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His areas of specialization are Social Organization/Disorganization, Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies, Mexican American Studies/Chican@ Studies/Border Studies, & Social Science Research Methodology. His research areas examine law enforcement culture and identity; Latin@ disparities, and social justice rights/issues. He most recently, co-authored (with Dr. Rosalva Resendiz) "Mestizo/a Discourse: Soldaderas in the Corridos of the Mexican Revolution of 1910" in The Journal of South Texas. At UTRGV he teaches courses on criminal justice research methods; statistics; and gender, crime, and justice.

Rosalva Resendez

Rosalva Resendiz

Dr. Rosalva Resendiz is an Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Justice, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at Texas Woman’s University.  Her research interests include Critical Criminology, Chicana feminism/Gender/Women’s studies, Mexican American/Border Studies, Organized Crime and Social Justice. She is the co-author of On the Edge of Law: Culture, Labor and Deviance on the South Texas Border (2007) and author of the textbook Gender, Crime & Justice: Critical and Feminist Perspectives (2015). Most recently she co-authored “Apache Resistance, 1849-1886” in 50 Events that Shaped American Indian History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic and “Mestiza/o Discourse: Soldaderas in the Corridos of the Mexican Revolution” for the Journal of South Texas. Currently she is working on various projects including a documentary on colonialism, imperialism and indigenous resistance on the U.S./Mexico border.

Rosalva Resendez

Maria Romero-Ramirez

Dr. Maria Romero-Ramirez is a Lecturer II at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in the Department of Psychological Science. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Rehabilitation Psychology. Her research interests include developmental psychology, mental health and health care disparities among racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S., and attitudes toward people with mental, physical, and/or chronic disabilities. She recently co-authored a journal article titled “Acculturation and Substance Use Among a Mexican-American Sample”. Dr. Romero-Ramirez is currently teaching research methods in psychology, developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology.