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Connecting People and Ideas for Integrated Development

Conference Specifics

When: Tuesday, April 24

Where: UAlbany Main Campus (Uptown), 2nd Floor Campus Center, Assembly Hall

*On the day of the event, we will have signage posted directing guests towards where Campus Center and the Assembly Hall is located. Registration is required.


To UAlbany Main (Uptown) Campus

Location & Parking

Full campus map located here:

Map of Parking

Parking: Visitor parking is circled in RED. Nearest Student/Permit parking lots to the events are circled in BLUE. Parking on campus is not free. However, if you would like to inquire about obtaining a parking pass for the day, please email directly


*Note: Refreshments will be served all day, but lunches are limited. To receive a lunch voucher, please register here.

Continental Breakfast, 8:20-9:00am

  • Fruit Tray
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Bagels with a variety of spreads
  • Coffee and Tea (decaffeinated available)
  • Water station with citrus slices

Mid Morning Break, 10:45-11:00am

  • Coffee service
  • Fruit
  • Granola Bars
  • Water station

Lunch Buffet, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Salad, Entrée, Dessert and Beverages (vegetarian options available)

Afternoon Snack, 3:30-3:45pm

  • Individual bags of chips
  • Cookies
  • Water station
  • Assorted canned soft drinks

Trafficking in Persons and the Crisis of Violent Extremism

"Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security.” Department of State

Trafficking is a massive problem. An estimated 24.9 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. Of these, 16 million (64%) were exploited for labor, 4.8 million (19%) were sexually exploited, and 4.1 million (17%) were exploited in state-imposed forced labor.

While many factors contribute to the risks of individuals falling prey to trafficking, they are at particular risk when they have willingly or unwillingly left their homes as migrants or refugees. Violence, often associated with violent extremism in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and Somalia has resulted in a flood of displaced persons and refugees. According to the UNHCR approximately 65 million individuals worldwide have been displaced due to conflict and violence. In this workshop, we will examine the intersection between violence and violent extremism and trafficking, methods of researching these problems and the potential for counter violent extremism programming to contribute to the fight against human trafficking.

The conference is open to all members of University at Albany community interested in trafficking and human rights – with particularly those interested in conducting research on these problem areas. The conference will:

  • Introduce participants to trafficking - while many people are aware of trafficking, participants will examine the current understanding of trafficking the state of efforts to counter trafficking in persons;
  • Examine the intersection between trafficking and Violent Extremism - trafficking appears to intersect with violent extremism in multiple ways: in placing persons at risk through forced displacement; serving as a source of human resources for extremist organizations (e.g. child soldiers etc.) and as a possible source of funding through selling victims and/or charging them for removal from the area of risk.
  • Consider how countering violent extremism (CVE) programming does or might affect trafficking – international development efforts to counter violent extremism are increasingly being funded by the US and other governments, but to what extent do they address issues of trafficking in persons?; and
  • Explore methods of researching trafficking and violent extremism – both trafficking and violent extremism are difficult to study as they exist in the shadows; the conference will present and examine methods employed by researchers in each area.

The goal of the conference is to increase awareness of the problem of trafficking within the extended University of Albany community, promote a constructive conversation between researchers interested in trafficking and researcher interested in violent extremism, and to encourage researchers from within the University community to add trafficking to their research agendas.

Speakers for the conference include government officials from USAID responsible for its work on countering human trafficking, the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center, and representatives from the NYS Governor's Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking. They will be joined by prominent research scholars from the University at Albany including Professors Victor Asal, Karl Rathmeyer, Matthew Ingram and Niloufer Sidiqui.

The full day program will be divided into four topical sessions: (1) an overview of trafficking and efforts to counter trafficking in persons; (2) violence, violent extremism and countering violent extremism; (3) researching violent extremism and its application to researching trafficking; and (4) reflections on the intersection between trafficking and violent extremism in terms of both researching and counter programming.