Call for Papers

New Models in Human Trafficking in the Twenty-First Century
April 5 – 6, 2017
The Cooper Center, South Texas College, McAllen, TX

The Women’s Studies Committee at South Texas College, in cooperation with Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Criminal Justice Department and Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society), the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley Human Trafficking Coalition is pleased to announce its call for papers for the Twelfth Annual Symposium on Human Trafficking.

This year’s conference will explore the new ways human trafficking is being conducted and combated in the Twenty First Century. Topics of interests include technological developments, grassroots/community organization, intergovernmental initiatives and social, regional, economic and political trends that represent obstacles to and possibilities for combating human trafficking.

The symposium aims to explore the broader context of trafficking, including gender analyses, the cross cutting issues in labor and migration, and slave-like conditions in the supply chains and corporate social responsibility. The symposium traditionally consists of individual presentations, panel presentations, guest speakers from academia, government agencies, NGOs, and investigative journalists, and an art exhibit with juried submissions from local and international artists.

Proposals (abstracts of up to 200 words) for papers, panels, and roundtables will be accepted through March 6, 2017, and may be sent via e-mail to either Jenny B. Clark, Chair of the Women’s Studies Committee, at, Rosalva Resendiz at or Arun Kumar-Acharya at Please include the term “human trafficking” in the subject line. Interested parties are also encouraged to visit our website to submit their proposals at: Please pass on to your colleagues as appropriate. We shall make prompt responses to all proposals.