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See the video and presentation by Dr. Chris Bronk. 
The BTI Institute participated in and hosted a booth during the Border Security Expo 2019 in San Antonio, TX March 26, 27, 2019. 
BTI Institute featured in the first edition of the Border Management Magazine. 
Drs. Abria Magee and Maura Pereira De Leon spoke at the EMPOWER Women's Leadership Conference at the University of Houston. 
Blockchain is transforming global supply chain security. A lunch-and-learn hosted at the University of Houston. 
The role of the legal and medical professions in combating human trafficking. A lunch-and-learn hosted at the University of Houston. 
Research Update | Hershberg presents findings
Researcher Eric Hershberg presents findings on his research to the American University Washington College of Law. Video available.
The BTI Institute Homeland Security Summer Internship program highlights. 
A profile of one of the BTI Institute's Homeland Security Interns. 
A profile of one of the BTI Institute's Homeland Security Interns.
A profile of one of the BTI Institute's Homeland Security Interns. 
A profile of one of the BTI Institute's Homeland Security Interns. 
Researchers and staff from BTI Institute participated in the DHS COE Summit 2018. 
Dr. Eric Hershberg, with American University, will speak in Houston on his research about Central American Migration and U.S. communities.
Dr. Tony Ambler, UH College of Technology Dean, has been named as the new director and PI of the BTI Institute. 
The conditions that Hurricane Harvey set contribute to an increase in human trafficking [hyperlinked to Houston Chronicle].
Luis Torres discusses technology and policy on our borders. 
We welcome retired Rear Admiral Tom Atkin to the External Advisory Board. 
In the News | Winter 2018 Summary
A list of BTI Institute partners, associates, or stakeholders featured in the news. 
Strategic Engagement | Winter 2018 Summary
A summary of the Director's and Executive Director's Winter 2018 highlighted engagements. 
The way borders are currently viewed must change in order to combat developing national security threats such as transnational criminal organizations and cyber security threats.
Release | BTI Institute, SE Texas group team up for terrorist response
BTI Institute awarded grant in conjunction with South East Texas Regional Planning Commission. 
Release | BTI Institute showcases research
HOUSTON – The Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute hosted the 2017 Meeting and Showcase Monday and Tuesday, December 4-5, 2017 at American University in Washington, D.C.
News | Advisory Board helps shape way ahead
The nine members of the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute External Advisory Board met to discuss the progress and development of the Institute Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
Feature | Research - Participatory Operational Assessment
The Borders, Trade and Immigration Institute (BTI) has successfully concluded two years of the project titled “Participatory Operational Assessment (POA): Evaluating and predicting the operational effectiveness of Cargo Security Process at Ports of Entry (POEs).” This project is led by Maria G. Burns, performer with the BTI Institute since 2015.
Update | UAS Working Group
Spotlight | New Research – Dennis Egan – Missed Detections: From Data to Actionable Estimates
Dennis Egan, research professor at Rutgers University and assistant director of Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Data Analysis, seeks to apply two novel methods to gain insights into missed detections by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Spotlight | Student – Pengfei Dou wins award
Pengfei Dou, while a student with the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute won best paper at the International Joint Conference on Biometrics 2017, for paper, “Multi-View 3D Face Reconstruction with Deep Recurrent Neural Networks” 
Feature | Summer research at Institute
Feature on Samuel Olatunbosun, Ph.D., and his research team investigating cybercrime in sub-Saharan Africa as part of the U.S. Departnet of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions mentored by faculty with the BTI Institute. Credit Annette Hilton. 
Spotlight | New Research – Dr. David Leblang – Modeling International Flows: Theory, Evidence and Forecast
October 23,2017– David Leblang, Ph.D., director of the Global Policy Center at the University of Virginia, held his project’s kickoff meeting Sept. 28, 2017. His project aims to advance the current state of understanding regarding migrant flows and offer insights into predicting future increases in migration
Release | BTI Institute begins 5 new research projects
October 19,2017– The Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute initiated five new research projects over the course of last month with the last two kickoff meetings taking place September 28, 2017.
Release | BTI Institute Announces New Funding Opportunity
June 1, 2017 — The Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute has announced a new funding opportunity in the area of border security, trade and immigration. The new projects will expand partnerships of the DHS Center of Excellence at UH.
Message | Message from the Director: Ioannis Kakadiaris 
May 10, 2017 — The director's message of the Spring 2017 Newsletter of the Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute at the University of Houston.
Message | Directors Message 
December 2, 2016 — The director's message of the inaugural newsletter of the Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute at the University of Houston.
Announcement | Children Displaced Across Borders: Bridging Policy, Practice, and Diciplinary Approaches to Further Human Rights 
November 19, 2016 — Practitioners, attorneys, advocates, researchers, and students in both Houston and in Wales will come together to discuss challenges faced by immigrant, refugee, asylee, and trafficked children and youth. 
Location: The Rockwell Pavilion
Spotlight|BTI Fellow Subash Khatry Studies Impact of Immigration on U.S.-Born Workers
November 16, 2016 — Khatry’s paper, titled “Effects of Immigration on Wages: A Reappraisal” analyzes U.S. census data from 1960 all the way through 2014 in order to determine the true impact of unauthorized and authorized immigrants on native U.S. American jobs.
Release|Homeland Security Academic Council appoints Khator
October 21, 2016 — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that Khator was one of eight new appointees to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, or HSAAC.
UH President Khator Appointed to Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council
October 19, 2016 — Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston, has been appointed to the United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) as one of eight new members.
In The News | Homeland Security Academic Council appoints Khator
The Daily Cougar (Oct 21, 2016) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that Khator was one of eight new appointees to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, or HSAAC.
Announcement | The Structure, Behavior, and Influence of Salvadorian Gangs and their Implications for the Rule of Law in the U.S. and El Salvador 
Meet the Researchers 
October 26, 2016 — The presentation will review the scope and nature of the gang problem in El Salvador and the United States, and assesses their capacity to respond to these problems using findings from three separate studies. 
Release | Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Visit
September 2, 2016 — Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee visited BTI Institute to hear what our institute has been working on.
Release | Congressman Michael McCaul
September 1, 2016 — Congressman Michael McCaul visited BTI Institute to be updated on the latest developments of the institute.
In The News | BTI Researcher Comments on the Port of Houston
Marketplace (Aug 26, 2016) — BTI Researcher Maria Burns Comments on the Expanded Infrastructure at the Port of Houston
Release | UH to Lead National Center for Borders, Trade, and Immigration
October 13, 2015 — Seeking to strengthen national security, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has named the University of Houston to lead a Center of Excellence focused on borders, trade, and immigration research.