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Center for the Human Rights of Children

Understanding Children

CHRC Mission

Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children represents, coordinates, and stimulates efforts to understand, protect and apply the human rights of children.


Association for a More Just Society (AJS) Talk by Director of Operations Jill VanBeek

During our Child Migrant conference, author and panelist Sonia Nazario mentioned the efforts of The Association for a More Just Society (AJS) to improve the living conditions in Hunduras. Jill VanBeek, Director of Operations for AJS, will provide an overview of the organization on Loyola's Water Tower Campus on Wednesday, December 10 from 9:30-10:30am.

Pope Signs Anti-Slavery Initiative

Religious leaders from various faiths have signed on to a new Vatican initiative to end modern-day slavery by 2020.

Photos from The Child Migrant: Children Crossing Borders, November 13, 2014

The CHRC would like to thank everyone who participated in our November 13th Teach-In, The Child Migrant: Children Crossing Borders. The excellent attendance at this event demonstrates the impact and importance of this topic.

CHRC Seeking Associate Director

The CHRC is hiring! We are seeking a qualified candidate for a newly authorized position as an Associate Director, beginning the spring semester of 2015.

Gallup Surveys Indicate 35.8 Million Adults and Children in Slavery Worldwide

Nearly 36 million people are enslaved around the world, according to Walk Free's 2014 Global Slavery Index. Gallup surveys help identify a total of 5.4 million people enslaved in seven high-risk countries alone.

The Child Migrant: Children Crossing Borders, November 13

Please join us for "The Child Migrant: Children Crossing Borders" event on November 13. Listen to a combination of scholars, service providers and other experts on immigration while they have round-table discussions. The event is complimented by theatre scenes throughout the day and a more formal theatre event during the evening.

CHRC on Facebook

Have you liked us on Facebook yet? It's a great way to stay up to date on the Center and receive information on current news regarding the rights of children.  


Dr. James Garbarino Presents in Dubai

Dr. James Garbarino, CHRC Senior Faculty Fellow, presented his book in Dubai.


Central American Refugees Flee Violence

View this excellent video summarizing the conflict in Central America and how it impacts children's human rights globally.

Campaign for USA to Ratify the CRC

On September 1, 2014, President Obama was sent a letter urging him to submit the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to the U.S. Senate this year. Over 109 leaders of U.S. organizations, including CHRC, signed the letter. The organizations represent millions of Americans that care about the rights and well-being of children both here and abroad. 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the CRC which has aided many children and families throughout the world. We believe the CRC is an important tool that would help the United States better address the challenges faced by children and families in our own country, and throughout the world. CHRC urges the US Government to apply research-informed and humanitarian principles to promote the well-being of vulnerable children at the border. Click to read the letter.  

Guide for Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Sex Trafficking

The 2013 Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) report, "Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States" finds that the United States is in the very early stages of recognizing, understanding, and developing solutions for these crimes. A new guide to the report summarizes the most relevant/useful information to individuals who see children. The guide includes key terms and their definitions, in addition to an overview of risk factors and consequences.  

Humanitarian Crisis: Unaccompanied Children at the Border

There has been an influx of young, unaccompanied children entering the United States in recent years. Lately, this humanitarian crisis has gained the attention of the media. Center Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts, was featured in a Bloomberg article, discussing different solutions to the crisis.  

CHRC Responds to Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

The US is currently experiencing a humanitarian crisis at the border, with over 50,000 children currently apprehended, and more coming. Families, mostly unaccompanied children, are migrating from Central American and Mexico to the Mexican/US border due to extreme violence, gang related activity, and deprivation. The White House and Congress are currently reviewing options for responding to the crisis. Unfortunately, many of the “solutions” being proposed seek to undermine legislation set forth in 2000 and 2008 to protect vulnerable children, expedite deportation of children and families, and severely impact the rights of children. Due to the looming Congressional recess and speed of proposals issued, a response required a quick turnaround. Read more to learn about the CHRC’s response to this issue.

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