UTRGV professor researches human trafficking


BROWNSVILLE — A University of Texas Rio Grande Valley professor has been selected to participate in fellowship that will allow her to extend her research on human trafficking.

Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, associate professor of Public Affairs and Security Studies, was selected for the Woodrow Wilson Residential Fellowship program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Beginning in September, Correa-Cabrera will spend nine months in Washington, D.C., to continue her research on immigration, human trafficking and transnational organized crime in Central America and along Mexico’s eastern migration routes.

Her research previously was funded by the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, as part of a Fiscal Year 2014 Grant for International Programs to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Correa-Cabrera has conducted extensive research across Latin America, interviewing migrants, academic experts, prisoners and law enforcement to find out why people migrate given the dangerous, often life-threatening conditions they face on the journey to the United States.

“I will consolidate all the knowledge I have acquired in the past seven years, and this residency will serve as an opportunity to publish all this research,” Correa-Cabrera said.

Correa-Cabrera said Dr. Walter Diaz, UTRGV dean of Liberal Arts, and Dr. Terence Garret, chair of the Department of Political Science, have provided important support, making her advanced research efforts possible.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars aims to unite ideas with the world of policy in Washington, D.C.