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Survivors Who Thrive: A Fireside Chat with Dr. Roza Pati and the Honorable Robert R. Lung

March 1, 2023 - April 30, 2023

The educational impact of learning from human trafficking survivor leaders is unmatched. Their voice, their resilience, their wisdom should guide all good law, policy and practice. From this perspective, on October 20, 2021, Dr. Roza Pati, Founding Director of The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy, facilitated an insightful discussion with a foremost survivor leader – The Honorable Robert R. Lung. Through the recount of Judge Lung, this conversation explores the factors that contribute to the empowerment of survivors of human trafficking, and the path that they follow to thrive and become leaders in our global community.

Among his many accomplishments, Judge Lung has received Presidential appointments to the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the U.S. (2017) and the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking (2018), on which he served as Chair until July 2020. Judge Lung also provides consultation to the Department of Justice, the Administration for Children and Families, the State Department, and NCMEC. During his childhood he suffered severe complex and chronic child abuse, he was also trafficked and tortured for several years. He regards resiliency and the grace of God for his ability to survive and he gives thanks that he transitioned from victim to survivor to “thriver.”

This event was made possible by 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.  This recording is the second episode of the series “A Fireside Chat with Dr. Roza Pati,” and it is released in honor of the birthday of Mr. John J. Brunetti, Sr., on January 18, 2022. The Academy recalls with respect the emotional words of Mr. Brunetti who was a successful businessman at the time he presented the donation check: “All my life I have been building with bricks, but now I would like to build lives with all my heart.”

The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy is honored to have the Mr. John J. Brunetti, Jr., and Judge Lung serve on its International Council on Human Trafficking.

CLE: This Webinar is accredited for 2.0 General Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits from The Florida Bar. The Reference Number is 2108560N and the Approval Period is until April 30, 2023.


In Remembrance


Survivors Who Thrive: A Fireside Chat with Dr. Roza Pati and the Honorable Robert R. Lung

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this video are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy or St. Thomas University.


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