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.
The Academy strongly encourages all participants to attend the Academy in person at the St. Thomas University College of Law campus in Miami, Florida. However, for those who cannot travel, the Academy may be viewed remotely (materials will be provided electronically). Please note that the remote format will be a livestream of the event only (no discussion boards) and must be viewed by remote participants in real time. A link for the live sessions will be provided to online participants to view each course synchronously via Zoom (no recordings will be available once the live session has ended). The ability to ask questions of instructors or directly participate in working groups will be unavailable for those who choose the remote attendance option.
The Academy is an intensive, advanced “train-the-trainer” curriculum. Participants consist of attorneys, judges, government officials, law enforcement officers, academics, service providers, case managers, healthcare workers, investigators, students, and others from faith-based, public, and private sectors hailing from across the nation and around the world.
The Academy is five days, taking place July 25 through July 29, 2022. In addition, participants will be given optional reading materials pertaining to each Course.
The Academy is typically offered on an annual basis. Each year a brand new, cutting-edge curriculum taught by the top experts in the field is offered.
Certification will be granted to those participants that meet the minimum attendance requirement of 80% of class time.
Registration includes one continental breakfast, one lunch, materials (provided electronically for remote participants), and certification.
Yes, the John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy is a nonprofit organization. To learn more or make a donation, please visit www.humantraffickingacademy.org/give.
Yes. A 25% discount is available for organizations/institutions that register three or more participants. To register your group at a discounted rate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (305) 628-6688.
Yes. A 25% discount is available for students with proof of valid student I.D. To register at the student discounted rate, contact email@example.com or call (305) 628-6688.
Yes. Full scholarships for the Registration Fee are available to survivors of human trafficking due the generosity of the Brunetti Foundation and Academy’s benefactor, the late Mr. John J. Brunetti, Sr., who cared deeply about survivors of human trafficking. For information regarding scholarships for survivors of human trafficking, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (305) 628-6688.
Due to the sensitive subject matter, participants must be over 18 years old.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) is pending with The Florida Bar. Participants seeking CLE in states outside of Florida may contact their respective state bars to determine if reciprocal CLE credit is available to them.
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