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Homeland Security Symposium Series

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) has begun its Homeland Security Symposium Series.  The intention of the symposium series is to increase the amount of education and training on DHS related issues and relevant security subject matter provided to homeland security enterprise practitioners and first-responders.  The symposiums are open to individuals affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security as well as local federal, state, local, and tribal agencies.  

All of the symposiums are centered on topics that are requested and pertinent to the CBTIR’s homeland security enterprise stakeholders. The Center for Law & Human Behavior plans to continue its symposium series with future in-depth conferences on subjects that reflect the needs and requests of its Department of Homeland Security stakeholders.  The aim is to increase the amount of opportunities for workforce development for members of the homeland security enterprise.

Symposium #15

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The Lonesome Project: What Do We Know About Prison Gangs in Texas
Presenter(s): Dr. David Pyrooz

Past Symposiums

Symposium #1
Research on Investigative Interviewing and Interrogation: How Evidence-Based Outcomes Can Improve Outcomes
Presenter: Dr. Misty Duke

Symposium #2
Crossing Borders: People, Crime and Enforcement Flows
Presenters: Dr. Gabriella Sanchez & Dr. Sheldon Zhang

Symposium #3

DNA Barcoding, High Throughput, DNA Sequencing & Forensic Science: Recent Advances and Future Prospects
Presenter(s): Dr. Jennifer Kovacs, Dr. Karen Bell & Piper Schwenke

Symposium #4

Gangs, Radicalization and Terror
Presenter: Dr. Scott H. Decker

Symposium #5

Salvadorian Gangs: The Structure, Behavior and Influence of Salvadorian Gangs and t
heir Implications for Rule of Law in the U.S. and El Salvador
Presenter: Dr. Charles Katz

Symposium #6

Game Theory and Adversarial Reasoning: Potential Law Enforcement Applications
Presenter(s): Dr. Christopher D. Kiekintveld , Dr. Jun Zhuang & Dr. Arunesh Sinha

Symposium #7

The Science of Interviewing and Interrogation
Presenter(s): Dr. Christian Meissner, Dr. Coral Dando, Col. Steven Kleinman & Erik L. Phillips, M.A

Symposium #8

Migrant Smuggling: Global and Comparative Perspectives
Presenter(s): Dr. Gabriella Sanchez. Dr. Luigi Achilli, Dr. Sine Plambech, Dr. Antje Missbach & Mr. Peter Tinti

Symposium #9

Violent Extremism and in the United States & Worldwide Patterns of Terrorism
Presenter: Dr. Gary Lafree

Symposium #10
Disrupting and Dismantling Transnational Criminal Networks
Presenter: Dr. Brandon Behlendorf

Symposium #11
Banking, Finance and National Security in the Paso del Norte Region
Presenter: Patrick  Shaefer, J.D.

Symposium #12
Counterterrorism and Intelligence
Presenter: Dr. Erik Dahl

Symposium #13
Drug Trafficking Organizations and Violence in Mexico
Presenter(s): Dr. David Shirk and Ms. June S. Beittel

Symposium #14
The Human Smuggling Industry: Nuances and Complexities
Presenter(s): Dr. Luigi Achilli

The Homeland Security Symposium Series is funded through the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology, Office of University Programs under the Border, Trade, and Immigration Institute under grant award number DHS-14-ST-061-COE-00. The views and conclusions contained in this article are those of the authors and should be interpreted as a necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.        


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The University of Texas at El Paso
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El Paso, TX 79968-0553
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