Dennis McCarty

Human Trafficking, First Responder Training & Exercises

The World Within Reach
Dennis McCarty
Adjunct Instructor

School of Criminal Justice
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity



Dennis McCarty is an adjunct instructor for the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. He served with the Peace Corps in Guatemala after graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and later received a PhD in criminal justice from the University at Albany. Dr. McCarty also teaches for the UAlbany School of Criminal Justice and has received both a State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching and a University at Albany President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Other honors include a gubernatorial commendation for his role in developing and implementing a statewide counter-terrorism training program immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The focus of his current work is on human trafficking.

Dr. McCarty formerly served as the Assistant Director in charge of Training & Exercises at the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services where his responsibilities included arranging statewide training for first responders and developing a strategic plan to guide the development of a new interdisciplinary Homeland Security Training Center. His previous positions include serving at the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services where he oversaw police in-service training and several law enforcement programs as the Chief of Program Services for the Office of Public Safety.

CEHC Courses Taught

Human Trafficking – CEHC 321

CEHC Areas of Expertise

Human Trafficking
First Responder Training & Exercises

CEHC Research Interests

I am especially interested in identifying and publicizing the ways in which each person can make informed choices in the products and services we purchase so that we do not support or otherwise take advantage of slave and exploited labor. I am mostly interested in facilitating efforts to end human trafficking. Recent projects included working with former students in the spring of 2017 to organize a new campus organization that fights trafficking and assists trafficking survivors (UAlbany Students Stopping Trafficking and the Exploitation of People).

Special Opportunities for Students

Dr. McCarty looks forward to establishing a student organization on campus to heighten awareness of human trafficking in the United States and to fight the continued exploitation of trafficked women, children and men. All UAlbany students are invited to join UAlbany Students Stopping Trafficking and the Exploitation of People (SSTEP: ).