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The Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute (BTI Institute), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, will host the 2nd annual “Conference to Combat Human Trafficking: Research and Technology

Time: July 25-27, 2023 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington Boulevard, Houston, Texas

 The purpose of the conference is two-fold: 

  1. To present new research and innovative technologies that may be used in efforts to halt human trafficking; and 
  2. To identify areas for future research and to develop viable solutions through technologies and enhanced capabilities to counter human trafficking and smuggling. 

Registration. While admission to the conference is free, interested personnel must register in advance by July 15, 2023

Registration to begin in May 2023

Call for Speakers and Presentations. The BTI Institute has issued a “Call for Speakers and Presentations” requesting presentations on research impacting efforts to combat human trafficking and on emerging technologies and/or concepts that may be used to assist law enforcement, health services, and non-governmental agencies in their efforts.

2023 Conference Agenda under developement

2022 Conference Agenda

The conference is open to law enforcement, Health and Human Services, intelligence analysts, researchers, Non-Government Agencies involved in combating human trafficking, and solution providers.  

The Conference is a joint effort involving the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute at the University of Houston and the following strategic partners: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Office of the Secretary of State for the State of Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Houston Police Department, Sam Houston State University’s Institute for Homeland Security, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, Veterans For Child Rescue, Inc., and the Harris County Department of Education.

Questions? Interested researchers and technology solution providers may contact Kevin Clement, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, at the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute, at or 512.626.5413.