BTI Institute Ribbon Cutting Showcase
The Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute Ribbon Cutting Showcase commences at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017, with a reception following our guest speaker presentations. Both the showcase and reception are free and open to the public. Join us to learn from BTI’s project leads in person about how our projects help transform the study of transnational movements to promote economic and social development.
Location: Houston Room, Student Center - South
Homeland Security Symposium #7
The Science of Interviewing and Interrogation
For the first time in more than 50 years, the US and UK governments have initiated research programs aimed at developing ethical, evidence-based methods of interview and interrogation that improve the amount of accurate information elicited by investigators. Scientifically validated approaches for developing rapport and trust, eliciting information, and assessing credibility will be described. A team of researchers and practitioners will offer an integrative perspective on the theory, validation, and application of these science-based methods.
Location: The University of Texas at El Paso, Mike Loya Building - Room 131
Homeland Security Symposium #6
Game Theory & Adversarial Reasoning: Potential Law Enforcement Applications
Game theory provides an alternative to conventional decision making processes that allows us to reason about the responses of intelligent adversaries to security policies and resource allocations. Game-theoretic models can leverage the understanding that law enforcement officials have of adversary capabilities, goals, and historical patterns to improve decisions in complex homeland security and policing environments and to effectively predict and react to the behavior of adversaries in different situations. The focus of the symposium will be on introducing the fundamental principles of these technologies, and providing examples where we bridge the gap between theoretical research and real-world practitioners.
Children Displaced Across Borders: Bridging Policy, Practice, and Diciplinary Approaches to Further Human Rights
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
Homeland Security Symposium #5
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
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.
Integrating North America: Building a Modern, Efficient and Flexible Border
Speaker: The Honorable Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
A key aspect of the NAFTA agreement’s success was the construction of a border management system that is modern, efficient and flexible. Cooperation on this score, however, remains uneven though recent years have brought support for an improved border management system. This lecture addresses the progress and remaining challenges in the cross-border regions of the U.S., Mexico and Canada, while providing a vision for the future.
Location: Doré Commons, James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University.
Homeland Security Symposium #4
Gangs, Terrorism, and Radicalization
What can street gangs tell us about radicalization and extremist groups? This symposium examines the important similarities and differences across criminal, deviant, and extremist groups. Drawing from research on street gangs, Dr. Scott Decker discusses issues such as levels of explanation,organizational structure, group process, and the increasingly important role of technology and the internet in the context of radicalization. There are points of convergences across these groups, but it is important to understand the differences between these groups.
Homeland Security Symposium #3
DNA Barcoding, High-Throughput DNA Sequencing, and Forensic Science: Recent Advances and Future Prospects
Identifying the biological and geographic origins of forensic samples is one of the central challenges to modern forensic science. For some applications, such as identifying whether imported caviar comes from a legal source, it is important to identify the species that the specimen came from and if possible the population to which the specimen belonged. In other cases, such as tracking the prior movements of a laptop, trace evidence such as pollen samples can be used to identify the geographic regions where an object has previously been.
Request for Proposals
Request for Proposals for Borders, Trade, and Immigration Research
The Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute is looking for proposals for new research. BTI seeks to address a number of research questions related to the themes of Border Security, Legitimate Trade & Travel, and Immigration that are of interest to the public and relevant federal, state, and local agencies.
DHS S&T Center of Excellence Technology Showcase
Center of Excellence Technology Showcase
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs and Stevens Institute of Technology invite you to attend the Spring 2016 Centers of Excellence(COE) Technology Showcase May 19, 2016 open 9:00 am- 4:00 pm.
Homeland Security Symposium #2
Crossing Borders: People, Crime and Enforcement Flows
Meet the Researchers
This seminar is a three-part conversation on global migration trends, human smuggling operations, and the data pertaining to criminal organizations venturing into new markets. It will explore the current conditions that are impacting or shaping human mobility at the global level, report on the evidence that researchers have identified as connected to human smuggling and trafficking, and analyze what the data say about transnational criminal trends.
Homeland Security Symposium #1
Research on Investigative Interviewing and Interrogation: How Evidence-Based Practice Can Improve Outcomes
This presentation will review the current state of research on investigative interviewing methods. Rapport based interviewing will be discussed, particularly the effective use of rapport-building skills and how to measure rapport in an investigative interview. The presenter will also discuss the limitations of research on investigative interviewing and the importance of collaborations between scientists and practitioners in improving the use of evidence-based interviewing.