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Empowering Communities Against Sex Trafficking

UTEP College of Liberal Arts

The US is the number one country in Sex Trafficking, and Texas is the second state with the most sex trafficking. With around 79,000 minors trafficked in Texas, according to research by the University of Austin, there is an urgent need to bring attention to the matter. For that reason, and to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, UTEP Women’s and Gender Studies will be hosting the panel “Empowering Communities Against Sex Trafficking” to bring awareness to the situation joined by the Paso del Norte Center of Hope. Join host Louie Saenz as he welcomes UTEP Professor Ruth McDonald, and Paso del Norte’s Executive director, Nicole Schiff, and Case Manager, Alma Blanca Cobos, to talk about who can be a victim, how being on the border can influence sex trafficking, and more information on the panel.

The panel will take place Monday, April 1st at UTEP’s Union East building at 12:00 p.m.

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Originally aired on March 30, 2024

Louie Saenz has been in the news broadcasting business for over thirty years. He has been a News Anchor and Reporter for KDBC-TV, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, NM and KTSM-TV in El Paso. Saenz earned a degree in Journalism from NMSU, and a Masters in Communication from UTEP. He is currently the News & Public Affairs Director for KTEP-FM, and a lecturer in the Communication Department. He is also the host of Focus on Campus and co-host on El Paso Prime Time.
Sam Cassiano is a native Californian who spent his formative years in the Bay Area. An army brat, his family toured Germany and Japan before settling in El Paso in 1973. Initially a Communications Major at UTEP, a radio internship at KPAS-FM 94, the PASS launched his broadcasting career. He can be heard as the morning news anchor on KTEP during NPR's Morning Edition, and Friday evenings at 10 pm as the host of Friday Night Blues.
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