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Human Trafficking Center



d’Estrée, Claude. 2012. “Voices from Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking,” in Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities. John Winderdyk, Benjamin Perrin and Philip Reichel, eds.  Boca Raton. Taylor & Frances, 79.


d’Estrée, Claude and Kristi Kirby. 2008. “Peacekeepers, the Military and Human Trafficking: Protecting Whom?” University of St. Thomas Law Journal, vol. 6, no. 3: 221.



Mass Media

Turner, Ryan Beck. 2014. “How not to talk about human trafficking.” Christian Science Monitor.


Kaplan, Oliver and Lauren Jekowsky. 2014. “Beyond Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Human Trafficking Crisis.” The National Interest.




Publications by HTC Faculty Fellows and other University of Denver Faculty



Abstract: This article describes the historical and socioeconomic contexts of U.S. migrant labor programs and Peruvian (im)migration patterns, which have contributed to the widespread employment of Quechua sheepherders on U.S. pastures. Herder “guests” employed by “host” ranchers face a dangerous power imbalance: their legal status as temporary workers depends on the fulfillment of a contract offered by one specific employer. Following Derrida’s conception of hospitality as an irresolvable aporia, it is argued here that U.S. migrant labor programs lead herders into a “hospitality trap,” because they do not understand the language in which their work contracts are written; their status as temporary and legal workers contributes to legislators’ inattention to their appalling working and living conditions. Herder personal narratives relate the physical and emotional hardships they face as “orphans” (wakchakuna) on profit-driven ranches where husbandry practices bear little resemblance to Quechua beliefs regarding relationships of reciprocity between humans, animals, and the land.


Download full text: Quechua Sheepherders on the Mountain Plains of Wyoming- The (In)hospitality of U.S. Guest Worker Programs

Galemba, Rebecca, Mexico's Border (In)Security, The Postcolonialist, (2014)

Abstract: Through a journey on a Mexican “tourist bus” from Mexico’s southern to northern border, this article traces the influence of the U.S. border security framework on Mexican sovereignty and migrant insecurity. The article reveals the continuity between the current border “crisis” and past moments of border and immigrant anxiety. While clamors for security have been marshaled to justify enhanced security measures, the results are often an increase in corruption, insecurity, and human rights violations.


Read full text: Mexico’s Border (In)Security