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World Day against Trafficking in Persons:
The Challenges of Unaccompanied Minors

July 30, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

On July 30, please join us online for World Day against Trafficking in Persons: The Challenges of Unaccompanied Minors.

After an influx of unaccompanied minors into the United States, the Office of Refugee Resettlement faced a historic number of referrals with over 20,000 children in care in May of 2021.1 During this Webinar, distinguished panelist will share their perspectives and firsthand accounts of the challenges surrounding unaccompanied minors as it relates to human trafficking.

Participants will gain an understanding of the current situation and legal landscape regarding unaccompanied minors in the United States – from identification at the border, reunification with parents or placement with sponsors, cultural and linguistic challenges, barriers to receiving assistance, how the community can help, and more.  Participants will also learn how the vulnerabilities of unaccompanied minors are at times exploited into human trafficking.

The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University College of Law is proud to partner with International Rescue Committee and The South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force on this event.   

This event is free and open to the public with registration.  CLEs pending.

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Opening Remarks


David A. Armstrong, J.D.
President, St. Thomas University
Miami, FL

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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

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Distinguished Panel

Ana I. Vallejo, Esq.

Co-Director & Attorney
VIDA Legal Assistance, Inc.
Former Coordinator
Human Trafficking Academy
Miami, FL

The Honorable Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman

Behavioral Health Specialist, MPsy
Presidential Appointee, U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking (2015-2018)
Seattle, WA

Caroline Chisholm

Unaccompanied Children Caseworker
International Rescue Committee
New York, NY

Xinia Bermudez, Esq. 
Staff Attorney
Catholic Legal Services
Miami, FL


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[1] U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Latest UC Data – FY2021, available at https://www.hhs.gov/programs/social-services/unaccompanied-children/latest-uc-data-fy2021/index.html (last accessed July 1, 2021).



July 30, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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