Susan Tiano

Borderline Slavery: Mexico, the United States, and the Human Trade

Dr. Susan Tiano, University of New Mexico
April 16, 2014 (Wed), 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
La Vida Llena, Carter Hall

Dinner Talk featuring Mexican cuisine.

Each year, thousands of people are trafficked within and across our borders to serve as sex slaves or un-free labor in U.S. homes, fields and factories. Many enter via our southern border with Mexico, after having been trafficked within or across Mexico from other parts of the Americas and beyond. Despite evidence that this trend is accelerating, it often goes undetected because human trafficking is so antithetical to our cultural values and collective image of what we stand for as U.S. Americans.

But understand it we must, because human trafficking is flourishing in the globalization era. Dr. Tiano will provide a perspective that reveals the misinformation surrounding human trafficking and how it distorts both public perceptions as well as limits the ability of government to respond with appropriate policies and adequate resources to combat the conditions that encourage human trade. The U.S. – Mexico borderlands play a critical role in this process because they highlight and reinforce the demographic, economic, cultural and political dynamics that shape human trafficking and modern day slavery in the Americas.

Dr. Tiano is the Director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico and a Professor in the Department of Sociology. Since receiving her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1979, Dr. Tiano has devoted her career to promoting sustainable development in Latin America and throughout the Global South.

Lecture & Dinner: $35/Members, $45/Non-Members; includes complimentary glass of wine.

Attendance is by advance registration and payment only. Please be advised – dinner events sell out quickly. Seating limited to 100 people.

Supported by New Mexico Humanities Council, Sandia National Labs, and the University of New Mexico