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.
Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees
September 25, 2022
Sunday, September 25, 2022, will mark the Vatican’s 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The Holy Father has chosen to entitle his annual Message “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees,” highlighting the commitment that we are all called to share in building a future that embraces God’s plan, leaving no one behind.
“Building with” means recognizing and promoting the role that migrants and refugees have to play in this work of construction, because only in this way will it be possible to build a world that ensures the conditions for the integral human development of all.
The Message, featuring six sub-themes, will explore some essential components of how migrants and refugees are able to contribute – already now as well as in the future – to the social, economic, cultural, and spiritual growth of societies and ecclesial communities.
In preparation for the celebration of the World Day this year, the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will launch a communication campaign starting at the end of March, aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of the theme and sub-themes of the Message through multimedia aids, informational material, and theological reflections.
The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy joins in this celebration with various events. Stay tuned!
Message from His Holiness Pope Francis
A Future to Build Together
A Future for All
Growing Together as a Society
Growing Together as Humanity
Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People 2021
Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People highlights ten challenges pertaining to climate change displacement and its victims. These challenges, together with the suggested Catholic Church responses, constitute markers for a roadmap in pastoral planning for climate displaced people, and, with this document, they extend the Pope’s pastoral concern to climate displaced people.Download
Pastoral Orientations on Internally Displaced People 2020
Pope Francis gives enormous importance to the plight of the millions of forgotten men, women and children forced to migrate within their own countries and known internationally as internally displaced people (IDPs). In his 2020 greeting for the New Year to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis explicitly addressed the urgent needs of internally displaced people, and his compassionate concern serves as an excellent introduction to the new Pastoral Orientations on Internally Displaced People. It is the purpose of the Pastoral Orientations on Internally Displaced People to offer suggestions and guidance for action based on four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.Download
Towards the Global Compacts on Migrants and on Refugees 2018
This booklet presents three documents which provide the teaching, reflections and pastoral guidance of Pope Francis regarding the various issues concerning migrants and refugees. From the beginning of his pontificate, using persuasive words and deeds, Pope Francis has urged the Church to accompany all people who are compelled to leave their country. In 2017, he established the Migrants and Refugees Section (M&R) to help him implement this pastoral objective. While M&R forms part of the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development under the direction of Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Section is personally guided by the Holy Father for the time being.Download
Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking 2018
Millions of men, women and children are trafficked and enslaved around the world. In 2018, The Migrants & Refugees Section (M&R) held two consultations with Church leaders, scholars and experienced practitioners and partner organizations working in the field. Participants exchanged experiences and viewpoints, addressing relevant aspects of the phenomenon. The Church’s full response was considered, and this six-months process resulted in the Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking, which provides a reading of Human Trafficking and an understanding that motivate and sustain the much-needed long-term struggle.Download
Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
People on the move due to weather and more aggravating circumstances of climate change are particularly vulnerable to exploitation of all sorts, including human trafficking. Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home is the appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.Download
World Migration Report 2020
Since 2000, IOM has been producing world migration reports. The World Migration Report 2020, the tenth in the world migration report series, has been produced to contribute to increased understanding of migration throughout the world. This new edition presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues, and is structured to focus on two key contributions for readers: Part I: key information on migration and migrants (including migration-related statistics); and Part II: balanced, evidence-based analysis of complex and emerging migration issues.Download
Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees
The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol are the key legal documents that define international refugee protection.Download
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families is a United Nations multilateral treaty governing the protection of migrant workers and families. The Convention sets out how to prevent abuses and address the challenges that migrant workers face.Download
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