Professor Michael Vastine joined the faculty of St. Thomas University College 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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International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking Event Series
February 8, 2021 | 10:15 am - 1:00 pm
“We cannot rest until trafficking in human persons is eliminated from the globe.”
– Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Archdiocese of Miami
On Monday, February 8, 2021, please join us for a series of events honoring the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy is proud to cooperate with Campus Ministry, the Catholic Identity Committee of the Law School Faculty at St. Thomas University, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services, Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking, and Catholic Health Association of the United States. These events are free and open to the public.
Upcoming Free Online Events
PART I: Prayer Service for Reflection and Action against Human Trafficking (Online)
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM EST
Please join members of the faith community nationwide as we reflect and pray for victims and survivors of human trafficking as we strengthen our resolve to combat trafficking in persons.
Download Prayer Service Handout here.
PART II: Survivor Perspectives: Informing our Work against Human Trafficking (Online)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
This virtual panel of survivor leaders will share their perspectives and experiences to inform our work alongside survivors and against human trafficking.
The Honorable Robert R. Lung
District Court Judge
18th Judicial Circuit of Colorado
Maria Florencia Cornu Laport, Esq.
Assistant Professor of Academic Success
Member, Catholic Identity Committee
St. Thomas University College of Law
Registration for Part I & II
*Participants may attend one or both sessions.*
Part III: Live Mass for Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Join us in person or online for Mass to reflect and pray for the 40.3 Million people trapped in modern slavery around the world. A reception will immediately follow. For in-person attendance, RSVP is required at the link below. Due to COVID-19, seating is limited and will only be available to those who register in advance. Masks are required.
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