Longtime Hialeah Park operator John Brunetti is donating $2.5 million gift to combat human trafficking, and the Human Trafficking Academy at St. Thomas University’s School of Law will benefit.
The academy founded in 2010 said the donation will exponentially expand its services, which include professional and prevention education, victim and survivor counseling, legal assistance and education.
“This gift will not only strengthen but advance the academy’s commitment to its mission of providing dignified care to victims and survivors as well as informing the public of this horrible threat to society,” said Brunetti, chairman of Hialeah Park Racing & Casino.
The gift presentation was set Tuesday with Brunetti, St. Thomas President Franklyn Casale and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Casale and Rundle have campaigned against human trafficking for years.
Rundle’s office and the academy will collaborate to find synergies and take advantage of shared resources to create awareness of human trafficking issues and to better understand the needs of victims locally and globally.