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August 9, 2022

In this talk, Javier describes what basketball trafficking is and why it is important to center the players' humanity. He explains how an unregulated U.S. high school basketball system can place youth from around the globe in precarious situations. Javier believes North Carolina is the best place to address this issue.

Javier is the "Master Storyteller." Javier uses the spaces and places that we engage in the everyday lives to disrupt histories, ideas, and symbols. Javier has led guided tours worldwide through Black Austin Tours and AfroLatinx Travel to transform the public space into a classroom. Currently, Javier is the inaugural Race and Sport Postdoctoral Associate in the African and African American Studies Department at Duke University. He is completing his first book SueƱos del Norte: Black Panamanian Hoop Dreams & the Realities of Basketball Trafficking, detailing human trafficking and the abuse of the F-1 Student Visa in U.S. high school basketball. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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