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.
Mass Honoring the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees
September 27, 2020 | 7:00 pm
On September 27, 2020, please join us in person or online for Mass to reflect and pray for host communities, migrants and survivors of human trafficking in honor of the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In partnership with Campus Ministry at St. Thomas University, we join the Holy Father in prayers for durable solutions, spiritual care, and the integration of internally displaced persons – including survivors of human trafficking – into a receiving society.
This year’s theme, “Forced like Jesus Christ to Flee,” calls us to focus on welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating vulnerable people on the move, including the 41.3 million people internally displaced worldwide. Forced out of their homes, livelihoods, villages and cities and internally displaced, people on the move due to poverty, conflict and various humanitarian emergencies, because of weather and more aggravating circumstances of climate change, or other desperate situations are particularly vulnerable to exploitation of all sorts, including human trafficking. The Mass will conclude a series of events for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees happening throughout September.
All faiths are invited to join us as we promote this year’s theme of the Migrants and Refugee Section of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development at the Vatican, and we encourage the local and global community:
To Attend Online:
No registration is necessary.
To Attend in Person:
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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