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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: August 5, 1999

First Conference on Crime in the Pacific Rim

Drug trafficking and intellectual property theft are among the topics of the first International Conference on Crime and Public Policy in the Pacific Rim, Wednesday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Aug. 21 in San Francisco.

It's the first such conference focused specifically on crime issues in the Pacific. Academics, researchers and police officials from around the world will focus on transnational crime in the region and cooperative methods for fighting it.

Featured speakers will be Gary Winuk, deputy director of the California Attorney General's Office of Criminal Issues Planning, and Paul Friday of the University of North Carolina, who will speak on "Globalization of Crime."

The conference is being organized by faculty at California State University, Sacramento, which has one of the largest criminal justice programs in the nation. Future conferences in other countries are already being planned.

"Criminal activity isn't confined within nations' borders, so we need to cooperate," says Xin Ren, a CSUS professor who co-chaired the conference organizing committee with CSUS professor Jim Hernandez.

Among the topics at panels will be drug control policy, global organized crime, police and community, terrorism, gang prevention, emerging white-collar crime, schools safety and youth offenders. All sessions will be at the Cathedral Hill Hotel. Welcoming sessions begin Wednesday evening, and the opening talk by Gary Winuk is at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

More information is available at (916) 278-6156 or on the Web at

Media wishing to attend should call in advance.


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