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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Living in a Karios Moment: Integral Ecology in BLOOD AND EARTH A Fireside Chat with Dr. Roza Pati and Dr. Kevin Bales CMG (POSTPONED)
September 28, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Living in a Karios Moment:
Integral Ecology in BLOOD AND EARTH
A Fireside Chat with Dr. Roza Pati and Dr. Kevin Bales CMG
Join us for a fascinating chat on the intersection of modern slavery and climate change, aimed at exploring ideas on how to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the vulnerable: Living in a Karios Moment: Integral Ecology in Blood and Earth.
On September 28, 2022, Dr. Roza Pati, Founding Director of the John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy, will host an insightful discussion with one of the most eminent personalities in anti-trafficking world, Dr. Kevin Bales CMG, Professor of Contemporary Slavery, and Research Director at The Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Demonstrating his thoughts and musings about his book titled Blood and Earth, Dr. Bales writes: “For years I traveled the world meeting people in slavery, trying to understand the depth and truth of their lives. What I saw, heard, and learned changed me, and led me deeper into the work of ending slavery, but I was missing something important. Where there are slaves, the environment is under assault, forests are being destroyed, endangered species are dying, and climate change is worsening – and all of this destruction is driven by profits from products we buy.”
In this 60-minute chat, the audience will have the pleasure of learning from an exceptional authority, one who has inspired the modern anti-trafficking law, policy, and action.
This event is free and open to the public with registration. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.
Professor Dr. Roza Pati
Founder & Director, The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy
Executive Director, 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 Vatican
Dr. Kevin Bales, CMG
Professor of Contemporary Slavery
Research Director, The Rights Lab
University of Nottingham