Ana Crucet Recognized as “Community Advocate of the Year”

The director of the Legal Studies Institute at Florida International University, Ana Crucet, has been awarded Community Advocate of the Year for Miami-Dade County by the Guardian ad Litem Program. Crucet, who has served as a Guardian ad Litem since 1994, was chosen for her exemplary service to abused and neglected children of the South Florida community.

Since 2010, Ana Crucet has served as the Chair of the Guardian Ad Litem Program Volunteers Advisory Council (VAC) and member of the Director’s Advisory Council for the 11th Judicial Circuit.

“As the Chair of our Volunteer Advisory Committee, Ana Crucet has gone from advocating for Miami Dade’s abused, abandoned and neglected children to speaking up on how to make our program better. Ana’s enthusiasm never falters and she is constantly finding new and innovative ways to get the Guardian ad Litem’s message across, no matter how big or small her audience may be. Ana always goes above and beyond what is expected of her. She is a great team player and always makes time for whatever her role as Committee Chair asks of her. Her knowledge of the program and the population that we work with has been so beneficial in what she presents to the community. We are so proud to have Ana not only as a child advocate, but as a community advocate,” said Sonia Ferrer, Circuit Director, Guardian Ad Litem Program for the 11th Judicial Circuit.

“I feel honored to have received this award that is very meaningful to me on many levels. First, it is a nice recognition of my ongoing contribution being the voice of children who cannot speak and advocate for themselves. I also have the opportunity to give back to a community where I have set my roots for over 50 years. In addition, this award is a lovely recognition for the Legal Studies Institute because of the emphasis our program places on the importance of pro-bono services, and advocacy for the underprivileged. This award acknowledges the value of this instruction that we impart to our students” said Crucet.

The FIU – Legal Studies Institute (LSI) is celebrating 30 years providing legal studies to the South Florida community and 10 years to a global community with its online programs.  LSI also offers Continuing Legal Education courses to members of the Bench and Bar since 1996.

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About LSI:
For 30 years, the Legal Studies Institute (LSI) at Florida International University has dedicated itself to providing world-class educational opportunities for attorneys and legal professionals within a university setting. An affiliate of the College of Law, LSI offers CLE courses for attorneys, and certificate programs designed to advance the global educational goals of those in the legal field. Through its broad array of educational opportunities offered locally, nationally, internationally, and on-line, LSI has positioned itself as the premiere continuing education provider for legal professionals through specialized, cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. For more information, please contact the Legal Studies Institute at (305) 348-2491 or visit

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