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.
We live in unparalleled times. A war of aggression is in full display right before our eyes. It is followed by the most devastating humanitarian crisis in the heart of Europe since WWII, with millions of Ukrainian refugees crossing international borders. Here at home, the CBP Southwest border enforcement numbers for May 2022 alone marked 177,793 unique encounters nationwide, bringing the total to over 1 Million encounters since January. Implications of such movement of people is the focus of this year’s Academy. In one intensive week of coursework, the Academy examines the amassing refugee and migration crisis – as well as the dark underbelly it often brings along: an increase of criminal activity including human trafficking and human smuggling. Organized criminal activity is on the rise and its modus operandi is beyond the pale. This is a sign of our time. It is an ever-going saga of people on the move, fleeing some disaster or dire poverty from every corner of our planet, heading towards any place of hope.
The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy invites you to be part of a learning experience like no other: an academic exercise on law and policy, coupled with practical engagement in identifying and delving into the root causes of irregular migration, its intersections with human trafficking, past trends in decision, and their conditioning factors. We invite you to dwell deep not only on the concepts, but on the world that the concepts describe and represent.
Meeting in-person at St. Thomas University College of Law in Miami, the Academy challenges you to join us as agents with purpose who will commit to the tasks at hand. We seek change agents with comparable experiences and goals, who understand human motivators behind the root causes and are boldly dedicated to exploring creative, intensional solutions.
The Academy offers our solid track record of effective training on human trafficking, having provided specialized training and technical assistance to over 15,000 leaders and community members domestically and abroad.
The robust curriculum and the interactive working groups will be taught and facilitated by leading experts in the field, who will provide cutting-edge perspectives and insights and share a wealth of experience and knowledge. This intensive certification program is best suited for those pursuing advanced training in migration and human trafficking matters, but all are welcome to attend.
Join us in exploring the ways in the accompaniment of migrants to a decent living safe from exploitation, and to peace through development as the true path to ending modern day slavery!
Read about our most recent 2021 Academy here.
A remote attendance option is available for those who cannot travel.*