The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy upholds and advances the inherent value, worth and dignity of each human being. To this end, it develops education programs, conducts research, and instructs law and policy to fight human trafficking throughout the world and to empower survivor leadership in our global community.
The Academy offers specialized training and technical assistance to countries, government entities, academic institutions, the private sector, faith-based organizations, and the community at large on issues related to the crime of trafficking in persons. To date, the Academy has impacted over 10,000 leaders and community members domestically and abroad. As part of St. Thomas University School of Law’s LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, the Academy addresses human trafficking from the perspective of human rights law, and the integral human development of every person and the whole person.
St. Thomas University School of Law through its LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights is the first academic institution in South Florida to shed light on the magnitude and scope of human trafficking. It is also one of the pioneer institutions in the field of human trafficking nationwide, and the first law school to offer a doctrinal course on human trafficking law in its J.D. curriculum.
Since 2004, the Program has hosted numerous symposia, seminars and roundtables locally and internationally. In 2005, under the leadership of international scholar and expert, Prof. Dr. Roza Pati, a set of law and policy recommendations were formulated under the name of “The Miami Declaration of Principles on Human Trafficking,” which has guided law and policy in various states nationally and internationally. In 2010, Dr. Pati formally founded the Academy with the support of a grant of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. In 2017, the late John J. Brunetti, a successful businessman and philanthropist, donated a generous gift to the Academy enabling its continued work as a premier institution for training and education on human trafficking, and the Academy now proudly bears his name. Today, the Academy continues its legacy as a cutting-edge leader in the field, and views trafficking in persons as a gross violation of human rights and an affront to the dignity of the human being.