October 6 - 8, 2016: Lincoln, Nebraska

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Evening of October 6 through lunch October 8


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Keynote Speaker at the 2016 conference

Louise Shelley

Louise Shelley

Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair for civic intellectual, University Professor in the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs and the founder and Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University. Her latest book is Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her previous book is Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (Cambridge, 2010). Dr. Shelley has written books and dozens of articles and books chapters on the subject of transnational crime and corruption. She is presently working on a book on illicit trade in the real and virtual world. She served for six years as a member of the Global Agenda Councils on Organized Crime and Illicit Trade of the World Economic Forum. She is a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations. She is the recipient of many fellowships and prizes including the Guggenheim and two Fulbrights and two grants from the MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Shelley has testified for the United States Congress repeatedly on these issues and has addressed fora of the OSCE, OECD and other national and international bodies and appears in the media frequently.

From 1995-2014, Dr. Shelley ran programs in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia with leading specialists on the problems of organized crime and corruption. She has also been the principal investigator of large-scale projects on money laundering from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia and of training of law enforcement persons on the issue of trafficking in persons. Professor Shelley is presently serving on the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and was the first co-chair of its Council on Organized Crime. She presently co-chairs a group on human trafficking within the Global Agenda Councils of the WEF. Professor Shelley is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has spoken at various international fora and at many universities both in the United States and abroad on transnational crime, terrorism, human trafficking, illicit trade and corruption. Additionally, she appears on television and radio, including appearances on CNN, NPR’s Marketplace and Takeaway, PBS, A&E, the History Channel, C-span, Tavis Smiley, Kojo Nnamdi and 60 Minutes.

Guest Speaker at the 2016 conference
Lea Albright-Byrd
Leah Albright-Byrd

Helping Trafficked Survivors Discover Their True Identities

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Public Event at the UNL City Union Thursday Night October 6, 7 PM
Prem S. Paul Award for Research in Anti-Human Trafficking
Prem S. Paul Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development 1948 2016

The UNL Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking Planning Team has established the Prem S. Paul Award for Research in Anti-Human Trafficking. The award honors Dr. Paul’s commitment to the conference by supporting its inauguration as well as his continued support over the years. The first award will be given at this year’s conference being held October 6th-8th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Conference Supporters

  • UNL College of Business Administration
  • UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • UNL College of Law
  • UNL College of Education and Human Sciences
  • UNL College of Arts & Sciences
  • UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service
  • Nebraska Family Alliance
  • UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • UNL Vice Chancellor's Office for Research and Development
  • UNL Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Office
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