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.
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An Ever Wider “We”: Case Study Afghanistan
September 24, 2021 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Join us for a live webinar to learn about this year’s theme for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, An Ever Wider “WE,” as it relates to people on the move and survivors of human trafficking. Distinguished panelists will contextualize the discussion through the present situation of Afghan migrants and refugees.
The LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights and its Human Trafficking Academy are proud to cooperate with U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services, U.S. Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking, and STU Campus Ministry on these events. This free event is open to the public with registration and part of a larger series in honor of the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
Being Part of “We” in the U.S.
Professor Dr. Roza Pati
Founder & Director
The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy
LL.M./J.S.D. in Intercultural Human Rights
St. Thomas University College of Law, Miami, FL
Member, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, The Holy See
M. Kazam Hashimi
Afghan SIV in the U.S.
Mentee & Interpreter, Hello Neighbor
Professor Michael S. Vastine
Professor of Law & Director, Immigration Clinic
St. Thomas University College of Law
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