Professor Michael Vastine joined the faculty of St. Thomas University School of Law in 2004, where he is a tenured professor of law and Director of the Immigration Clinic. A frequent conference speaker and author, he is also a leader of the immigration bar, with extensive service within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). From 2011-20, he was elected to serve on the AILA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors, including a term as Chair of the Chapter. Professor Vastine’s AILA national-level service includes multiple terms on the Federal Litigation Section Steering Committee, Annual Conference Planning Committee, and Amicus Curiae Committee. His impact litigation principally relates to immigration and crimes, including the lead case at the Florida Supreme Court establishing the constitutional rights of immigrant defendants to effective representation by their criminal counsel, and multiple cases at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit delineating the immigration consequences of Florida convictions involving controlled substances. Additionally, he has represented AILA and other community-based organizations, as amicus curiae counsel, in forums ranging from the Board of Immigration Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, in matters including the constitutional limits of indefinite detention of immigrants, the due process rights of the physically deported, and the immigration consequences of state crimes. In 2013, Professor Vastine received the AILA (National) Elmer Fried Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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Breaking Chains and Breaking Cycles: The Intersection of Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis
January 11, 2019 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
A one-day training on the complex challenges and practical approaches to combating human trafficking in southwest Florida and beyond. Areas of emphasis will include:
- Recognizing the signs of trafficking
- Trauma-informed approach to trafficked individuals
- Law enforcement perspectives
- The relationship between opioids and trafficking
This event is presented by The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University School of Law and A Voice in the Wilderness Empowerment Center.