Meet your Director, Erin Dennehy!

Erin is a junior studying political science in the UConn Honors Program. This conference will be her third- she previously served as a director for the International Law Commission and as an assistant director for the United Nations Environmental Programme. She has been involved with Model UN since she helped found her high school’s Model UN Club. Outside of Model UN, Erin is a member of the Special Program in Law at UConn, has interned with the U.S. House of Representatives, and has been involved in undergraduate research on judicial elections. In her free time, Erin likes to cheer on the UConn basketball team and eat Cape Cod potato chips. She looks forward to directing the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and meeting all of the delegates. Delegates can reach out to her by email at before the conference with any questions!


Meet your Topic Specialist, Maya Thattacherry!

Maya is a sophomore at UConn planning to graduate with a major in physiology and neurobiology and minors in neuroscience and psychology, while on a pre-med track. This is her second conference with UCMUN, having previously served as an Assistant Director for JCC2. She has been involved with Model United Nations for five years and previously attended the Harvard and MIT Model UN conferences and NHSMUN. Besides Model UN, she is a member of the University of Connecticut Marching Band and UConn traveling Pep Bands. Maya also prides herself on being a self- proclaimed encyclopedia on Game of Thrones and shadowing pediatricians in India. If delegates have any questions for Maya, she can be reached at


Topic A: Opioid Crisis

Opioid drugs are drugs derived from the opium poppy plant that, when prescribed by physicians, are used to treat moderate to severe pain. However, an increase in non-medical use of such drugs, such as fentanyl in North America and tramadol in Africa over the last 150 years, has caused a worldwide opioid crisis. This globalized drug market has led to significant increases in instances of drug trafficking, addiction, and overdose. The goal of the CCPCJ is to develop strategies to combat this very prevalent issue that has already resulted in a significant loss of life. Delegates in this committee will work together to find ways to monitor the presence of opioids, implement prevention and treatment programs, and improve enforcement of drug policies to reduce non-medical use of opioid drugs.

Topic B: Migrant Smuggling

Migrant smuggling occurs when migrants enlist criminals to help them illegally enter into another country where they are not a national or permanent resident. Migrant smugglers receive, directly or indirectly, financial or other benefits for smuggling migrants into other countries; therefore, migrant smugglers go to great lengths to get migrants from one country to another. However, as a result many smuggled migrants become vulnerable to life-threatening risks or exploits. Thousands of smuggled migrants have suffocated in containers, perished in deserts, or dehydrated/drowned at sea. There has been a significant increase in instances of migrant smuggling in recent years, as migrants have increasingly sought to evade border controls, migrant regulations, and visa requirements. The issue of migrant smuggling is expansive; almost every country in the world is affected by this crime in one way or another, whether it be as an origin, transit, or destination country. The goal of the CCPCJ is to establish a protocol and appropriate criminal justice response that prevents and combats migrant smuggling, protects the rights of smuggled migrants, and promotes cooperation between countries around the world.