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Conference to Combat Human Trafficking: Research and Technology

The Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute (BTI Institute), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, the Center for Immigration Studies, and the Harris County Independent School District, will host the 3rd annual “Conference to Combat Human Trafficking: Research and Technology”.

Date/Time. July 23–24, 2024, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Location. Harris County Independent School District Education Conference Center, 6300 Irvington Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77022. Parking is free and available at the Conference Center.

Purpose. 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.

Conference Agenda.

2024 Conference to Combat Human Trafficking

Registration. While admission to the conference is free, interested personnel must register in advance by July  1, 2024.

Training in Interdiction for the Protection of Children. July 25-26, 2024, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This training is designed to make front-line officers and investigators aware of the variety of resources available to assist them in establishing the status of a child who may be missing, exploited or at risk of exploitation and what courses of action are immediately available.

More information

Interested officers must register for training in "Interdiction for the Protection of Children" in advance at

Lodging. Access the link below for information on hotels located in proximity to the Conference Center, site of the conference.

Lodging Options

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.

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, the Center for Immigration Studies, 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.

Past Conferences Agendas. We continue to post the conference agenda from years past so that operators in the field have easy access to topics, synopses, and contact information of presenters.

2023 Conference to Combat Human Trafficking

2022 Conference to Combat Human Trafficking

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.