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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Community Reflection Service & Candlelight Vigil
February 7, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Please join us as the community gathers for a reflection service & candlelight vigil to commemorate International Day of Prayer & Awareness Against Human Trafficking. A reception will immediately follow the vigil. All faiths are welcome to attend. This event is free and open to the public.
Special Guest Speaker
Savannah Parvu, Survivor Leader & Speaker
Savannah Parvu is a survivor of human trafficking and a nationally recognized speaker on the subject. She shares her experiences with the public to grow knowledge of the tragic issue of familial trafficking within the commercial sex trafficking arena. She has been awarded the Freedom Award from Florida Abolitionist and the Polaris Star Award from The Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force for Survivor of the Year.