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Incorporating Human Trafficking Law and Policy in Law School Curriculum

November 4, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

On November 4, please join the John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University College of Law and the Banu Foundation for: Incorporating Human Trafficking Law and Policy in Law School Curriculum.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity, either as a transnational organized crime globally, or as a prevalent crime and societal problem within each domestic jurisdiction. Interest in dealing with the activity has accompanied the phenomenon at the local, national, and global level by public and private institutions alike. Criminalization of such activity has found its expression in domestic, international, and transnational law. Court jurisprudence is also abundant. Training and education have been mandated for law enforcement, medical professionals, social services, educators, counselors, and additional professions. Educational institutions at all levels, on their own initiative, have also given precedence at various degrees to raising awareness about human trafficking, and training and educating their students and staff. However, there is still a need for learning to be mainstreamed. In this panel discussion, we invite the audience to listen and participate in the dialogue by a panel of experts on incorporating the teaching about human trafficking in higher education, and specifically in law schools.

This event is free and open to the public with registration. Lunch will be served. Space is limited.

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Host and Moderator

Professor Dr. Roza Pati

Founder & Director
The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy
Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
The Vatican

With the extraordinary appearance of:

The Honorable Suleman Masood

Council Chair
U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Person
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 


Professor Brendan M. Conner

Assistant Professor of Law
St. Thomas University College of Law
Miami, FL


Distinguished Panel

Professor Luz E. Nagle

Fulbright Senior Scholar – Spain 2019
Professor of Law, Stetson College of Law
Gulfport, FL

Professor Barbara A. Martinez

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Miami
Miami, FL

Professor Elizabeth M. Donovan

Professor of Law
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI

Professor Linh K. Dai

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Duquesne University School of Law
Pittsburgh, PA


About The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy:

The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University College of Law in Miami, Florida, is a premier institution that upholds and advances the inherent value, worth and dignity of each human being. To this end, it develops education programs, conducts research, and instructs law and policy to fight human trafficking throughout the world and to empower survivor leadership in our global community.

The Academy offers specialized training and technical assistance to countries, government entities, academic institutions, the private sector, faith-based organizations, and the community at large on issues related to the crime of trafficking in persons.  To date, the Academy has impacted over 16,000 leaders and community members domestically and abroad. As part of St. Thomas University College of Law’s LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, the Academy addresses human trafficking from the perspective of human rights law, and the integral human development of every person and the whole person.  St. Thomas University College of Law through its LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights is the first academic institution in South Florida to shed light on the magnitude and scope of human trafficking.  It is also one of the pioneer institutions in the field of human trafficking nationwide, and the first law school to offer a doctrinal course on human trafficking law in its J.D. curriculum. The Academy was established in 2010 with the support of grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and continues to work as a premier institution for training and education on human trafficking due to a generous gift by the late John J. Brunetti.

About the Banu Foundation

The Banu Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to three goals: empowering, protecting, and educating at-risk children and women around the world. Banu is a Persian origin word and girl’s name used in cultures from the Middle East to South and Central Asia. As an honorific title, it means “lady.” It has also come to mean “little sister.” As a name, in Hindi, it means “the sun.”

The Foundation is focused on anti-trafficking initiatives ranging from youth educational programs in Miami, a regional Latin America conference, a law enforcement training in Tanzania, and supporting Ukrainian refugees in Poland vulnerable to human trafficking.

Formerly, the Foundation supported Dr. Mohamed Mattar and The Projection Project, a human rights and research institute at the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Banu is seeking to revive The Projection Project and its Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society.

The Banu Foundation was established by the Mehrabi family of Miami Beach, Florida.

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November 4, 2022
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


St. Thomas University Goldbloom Convocation Hall (Main Library)
16401 NW 37th Ave.
Miami, FL 33054 United States
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