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UROC Community Day—3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5

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Join community and University leaders for an afternoon of food, music, information and fun at UROC's annual Community Day from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 5. This year's open-house celebration of community-University partnerships will feature a look at progress in the Penn-Plymouth Avenue corridor and a special tribute to former UROC Executive Director Heidi Barajas.

Mapping the Demand: Sex Buyers in Minnesota

UROC has released a first-of-its-kind study on sex buyers in Minnesota. Aided by more than 150 qualitative interviews of law enforcement, prosecutors and social service personnel in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, the report examines the demographics of Minnesota’s sex buyers, their buying tendencies, and methods of entry into the marketplace. The market includes victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

UROC's accomplishments highlighted in external review

As part of the University of Minnesota’s formal review process for academic research centers, UROC underwent its first external program review in November, 2016. The process involved a self-study written by UROC Executive Director Heidi Barajas, as well as interviews, a site visit and a written report with recommendations for growth and improvement by an external program review committee.