The University of New Mexico Latin American Iberian Institute presents a lecture, reception and book signing for the publication, "Borderline Slavery: Mexico, the United States, and the Human Trade" (Ashgate Press, 2012), a volume co-edited by Susan Tiano and Moira Murphy-Aguilar (University of Texas at El Paso) Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 4-6 p.m. in the LAII conference room.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., LAII hosts a symposium, "Borderline Slavery: Border Security and the Human Trade," in the Student Union Building, Ballroom A. Scholars from around the country address border security and human rights, immigration and human trafficking and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

A special keynote luncheon is set for 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the SUB, Lobo rooms A & B, where Sociology Professor Timothy Dunn, Salisbury University, will speak about his research regarding border militarization.

Dunn began working at SU in the fall of 1999, several months after completing a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He lived in El Paso, Texas, from 1994-1999 conducting field research for his dissertation, which was a case-study of immigration enforcement and the Border Patrol in the El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua portion of the US-Mexico border, centering on bureaucracy, human rights, and civic action for social change. The University of Texas Press published an updated version of it as a book, titled Blockading the Border and Human Rights: The El Paso Operation that Remade Immigration Enforcement (May 2009). He also wrote a 1996 book on border enforcement titled The Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1978-1992: Low Intensity Conflict Doctrine Comes Home (Center for Mexican American Studies, UT-Austin).

Tiano and Murphy-Aguilar's book, "Borderline Slavery: Mexico, the United States, and the Human Trade," is an exploration in human trafficking in the US - Mexico borderlands as a regional expression of a pressing global problem. Borderline Slavery sheds light on the contexts and causes of trafficking, offering policy recommendations for addressing it that do justice to border communities' complex circumstances. This book focuses on both sexual and labor trafficking, moving thematically from global to regional levels to provide a grounded and policy-relevant approach, that examines the problem through the eyes of scholars and researchers from various fields, as well as journalists, public officials, law enforcement personnel, victims' advocates and NGO representatives.

Discussing the multinational networks, global economics, and personal motives that fuel a multibillion dollar trade in human beings as cheap labor, Borderline Slavery suggests future directions for effective policies and law enforcement strategies to prevent the advance of human trafficking. As such, it will be of interest to both policy makers and scholars across the social sciences working in the fields of migration, exploitation and trafficking.

Reviewer Kathleen Staudt, University of Texas at El Paso, wrote, "'This magnificent, yet painful-to-read volume offers theoretically rich yet grounded and accessible chapters on modern-day trafficking in human beings. The volume covers the global to local: world economic systems and United Nations actions to various parts of the U.S.-Mexico border and the NGO activists and law enforcement personnel therein."

The events are free and open to the public.

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