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Combatting the Scourge of Modern Slavery: Human Trafficking Academy Receives $2.5 Million Gift

By November 9, 2017News

St. Thomas Law and its highly-acclaimed Human Trafficking Academy just became the beneficiary of  a $2.5 million gift, generously donated by Mr. John Brunetti, Chairman of the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino.

Professor Pati, who has been working on the issue of human trafficking since the early 1990s described the multi-million dollar gift is a blessing that will help the academy accomplish countless desired goals, enhance the Academy’s presence throughout the State, and nurture its agility and profoundness.

“The ultimate beneficiary will be communities aspiring to be free of slave labor, products and services [and] survivors, whose lives we will help put back together,” stated Professor Pati. “Our work will assist human trafficking victims regain and own back their lives.”

The Academy’s reach will simultaneously empower Florida’s human resources, whose mission is to condemn and bring to justice those who appropriate people’s legal personality, their free will, labor and sweat.

“We are proud and humbled to be the recipient of this generous gift,” stated Dean Alfredo Garcia. “Our unstinting efforts, through the work of Professor Pati and our faculty, staff, and alumni, to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking will be enhanced.”

The Academy will also continue its cooperation with federal agencies that combat human trafficking, and with the State Attorneys’ offices, the private sector and civil society in order to expand synergies and take advantage of available resources to better understand the physiognomy and trends of human trafficking as well as the needs of national and foreign victims.

Founded and directed by Professor Roza Pati, the Human Trafficking Academy was established in 2010 with the support of a grant by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. A pioneer of its kind, the Academy is home to a variety of multi-disciplinary anti-trafficking initiatives that include conferences, symposia, trainings, presentations, workshops, research, and publications. Its impact crosses national borders.