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Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking

General Information and Purpose

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is proud to host the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking. We welcome researchers from non-governmental organizations, academia, and governmental agencies. This is a conference run along traditional academic paper-presentation lines, intended to spread knowledge, provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research and professional work, and provide an opportunity to network with and learn from each other.

This is an interdisciplinary conference made possible through the collaboration of faculty in the College of Business Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Journalism, College of Law, the College of Education and Human Sciences, the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Department of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the Department of Economics at Doane College. We are grateful for support from the offices of the Vice-Chancellor for Research at UNL and the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, as well as the Colleges of Business Administration, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Education and Human Sciences, Arts and Sciences, the Nebraska Family Alliance, and Tom Tidball Photography.

For more information on the UNL Human Trafficking Team please reference the UNL Human Trafficking Team information.

Who Should Attend?

The Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking is an intense and interactive conference formatted for those who have research results or ideas, who wish to inform their peers of the work of their non-governmental or governmental organization, or who wish to fund anti-trafficking efforts and research:

  • Scholars with an interest in providing knowledge and methodologies to study the problems surrounding human trafficking,
  • Law enforcement, social service agencies, and others who see the effects of trafficking in their work, and can speak about the amount, nature, and causes of trafficking and the efficacy of methods to combat, prevent, and alleviate the effects of trafficking,
  • Government agencies, foundations, and others who will fund knowledge-creation, programs and program evaluation, and methodology-creation work in anti-trafficking efforts, and who wish to speak about their work and their priorities.
  • Students seeking to present thesis or dissertation work or proposed work in human trafficking on which they wish feedback.

Call for Papers and Presentations / Information for Presenters

The deadline for abstract submission is June 19, 2015. Submissions made afterwards will be judged for acceptance on a space available basis.

Anyone who has academic or professional work to present should submit an abstract of up to 300 words (no more), plus answer additional questions, on our submission website. The presentations will normally be 25 minutes with 15 minutes for discussion. The organizing committee is willing to consider other formats, such as panel presentations. We are not seeking workshops or discussions of single trafficking cases, however, but presentations of facts, knowledge, ideas, theories, on-the-ground approaches, methods, program evaluations, research agendas, and research needs.

The committee will expect a commitment to attend by at least one of the accepted presenters, with a non-refundable deposit of $50, by July 15, 2015, for presenters to remain on the program. The deposit may be paid at the registration website. This $50 will constitute the first $50 of your registration fee.

Sending an abstract and/or any other materials will constitute a release of copyright, which allow the materials you present (in written, video, audio, or graphic form) to be made available on the conference Digital Commons website after the conference. No paper proceedings will be published, but the presented materials will be available on Digital Commons (the web host for the proceedings) for the indefinite future.

The deadline for submission of materials, other than the abstract and printed materials, to be placed on the Digital Commons website is November 15 to Dr. Dwayne Ball. Conference presenters may place a formal paper, PowerPoint slides, film, or anything arising from their presented work, on Digital Commons. If nothing is submitted, their abstract will be placed on the web site.

The Conference will provide, in each meeting room, an Internet-connected laptop with projector, screen, and a microphone. Presenters need only bring their presentations in Power Point on a USB thumb drive. It is recommended that presenters have their presentations available from the Internet for backup.

If you have questions about presentations, please contact Dr. Dwayne Ball.