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A Community of Research Scholars

As an emerging national research university on the southwest border of the United States, the Center for Law & Human Behavior leverages its unique location and the unparalleled expertise of the faculty at UTEP to generate cutting cutting-edge research and program evaluation in support of the nation’s borders and the criminal justice system.







The goal of CLHB's research area is to identify, foster, create and increase expertise for the university in the thematic areas of Behavior, Law & the Homeland Security Enterprise, Trade & Travel, and Threat & Risk Management in order to promote related research and grant funding success.

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The goal of the CLHB's education area is to facilitate different forms of knowledge translation to create connections to the relevant practitioner, policy-maker and researcher communities, particularly in the areas of professional and transnational development, as well as policy briefs.




The goal of the CLHB's outreach area is to increase the center's visibility and showcase capabilities and capacities as a resource, establishing local, national, and international partnerships, and educating the public on the work that is being conducted in the area of borders.

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Homeland Security Symposium Series

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The Center for Law & Human Behavior (CLHB) at The University of Texas at El Paso, under the direction of the Borders, Trade and Immigration Institute (BTI), created the Homeland Security Symposium Series to increase the amount of education and training on DHS related issues and relevant security subject matter.

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UTEP's Leading Center
on Homeland Security Studies

The Center for Law & Human Behavior (CLHB) at The University of Texas at El Paso stands as an interdisciplinary, global and research-driven unit with a focus on borders and their communities through the development of empirically-based and community grounded and informed research.

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Mission & Vision

The Center for Law and Human Behavior is a focal point at The University of Texas at El Paso for extramural research in the social and behavioral sciences. At the CLHB, faculty interested in pursuing funded research will find the expertise and support they need to help them refine their ideas, craft competitive proposals, and manage their grants once they are awarded.

The CLHB also serves as a community of scholars and helps identify common interests and research themes among faculty and students for multidisciplinary research and inquiry.

The CLHB strives to develop relationships with government and non-profit stakeholders in areas such as criminal justice, behavioral health, substance abuse, and program evaluation to help improve the delivery of services to citizens in the Paso Del Norte region and beyond.

Support Activities

  1. Pre-award planning, proposal review and evaluation, and budget preparation.
  2. Post-award grants management, financial reconciliation, and account monitoring.
  3. Develop broad expertise and expand horizons by engaging new faculty in Center activities.
  4. Sponsorship of scholarly lectures, seminars, and conferences.
  5. Provision of seed funding to advance the development of multidisciplinary research proposals.