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Center for the Human Rights of Children

Features Archive

  • CHRC Director Speaks on Unaccompanied Minors

    Watch Katherine Kaufka Walts, CHRC Director, speak on Fox 32 News about unaccompanied minors trying to enter the United States.
  • Creating a Non-Violent Future Symposium Presentations

    The presentations from the May 2014 Symposium, Creating a Non-Violent Future, are ready to be viewed at the CHRC YouTube Channel.
  • 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report

    The CHRC was represented last Friday at the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report release event. CHRC Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts was invited to attend the event releasing at the Ben Franklin Room in Washington DC. Ms. Kaufka Walts was among Secretary of State, John Kerry, Ambassador Lou CdeBaca, and Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.
  • Creating a Non-Violent Future Symposium

    On May 23-24, the CHRC will host a two-day symposium at Loyola University Chicago: "Creating a Non-Violent Future: Children's Rights and Advances in Protection from Corporal Punishment."
  • Save the Date, April 23

    Anuradha Bhosale, renowned grassroots women's rights and anti-child labor activist from Kolhapur, India, will be speaking at Loyola on Wednesday, April 23. Come here her story and see how she is working to make a difference.
  • CHRC Releases Legal Needs Assessment Study for Trafficked Children

    Children impacted by human trafficking require a multitude of services, including legal services. In the attached report, you will find the results of a CHRC led research project seeking to better understand the legal services landscape for trafficked children, including gaps in legal services, as well as opportunities for improving outcomes, using Cook County, Illinois as a case study. The project also included input from service providers around the country for a national comparison. We hope the results of our project help inform stakeholders working on this important issue.
  • Universal Children's Day 2013

    Universal Children's Day 2013 was acknowledged on Nov. 20. On this day, governments and organizations around the world came together to observe the Universal Children's Day, which marks the day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and later the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989. This day promotes awareness on the human rights of children. For the full story, check out the link below.
  • Poverty and the Brain

    An interesting study on how poverty, education, and child development all intersect.
  • Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect

    A straightforward and easy-to-understand summary of what child abuse and neglect are and how they happen.
  • Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking

    The CHRC, via a subgrant from the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA), has received an award to help child welfare processionals in New York to improve identification of human trafficking of children. Part of the project will include developing a validated screening instrument(to identify child trafficking victims – both labor and sex, non US citizen and US citizen), and an assessment of training and capacity building activities. The project is being administered by the CHRC Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts, in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Baskin, Chair, Dept of Criminal Justice & Criminology.
  • The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Youths in Foster Care

    As of January 2014, the Affordable Care Act will require states to provide full medicaid benefits to all youth who were in foster care on or after their 18th birthday, up until age 26. This is a major advancement for youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Statistics have shown that young adults who lived in foster care experience more mental health issues and have less access to care. By providing medicaid, youth in the foster care system will health outcomes.
  • 15% of US Youth Out of School and Work

    The Opportunity Nation coalition released a report stating that about 6 million youth ages 16-24 are neither working nor in school. The report states, "Their destiny is too often determined by their ZIP code," which relates to how young person's community is connected to one's success. These statistics are contrary to rights set out in UN Convention on Rights of the Child, specifically the right of every child to have a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.
  • Profile

    Children's Rights Issues Briefing: October 1, 2013

    The briefing will address the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Prostitution, and Pornography (OPSC). Speakers include representatives from Loyola University's Center for the Human Rights of Children, ECPAT-USA, and The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights. The purpose of this program is to provide laypeople with the tools for using international law to advocate for children in the United States. The presentation will provide an overview of international children's rights instruments addressing exploitation of children, show how these instruments impact the United States, and provide examples of how international law can be used to improve outcomes for children in the United States. Advocates, legal service providers, social service providers, policy makers, scholars, and students working with vulnerable children are encouraged to attend. 4-6pm at Loyola's Water Tower/downtown campus. This program is open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, please click HERE or see www.luc.edu/chrc.
  • 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report Released

    On Wednesday, June 19, Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State. The TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern slavery, and includes narratives of 188 countries and territories.
  • ILO Estimates 10.5 Million Children as Domestic Workers

    The International Labour Organization reported that 10.5 million children, worldwide, spend long hours as domestic workers, instead of going to school. The hidden nature of this form of employment makes children especially vulnerable to exploitation and hazardous working conditions that may sometimes verge on slavery.
  • The DREAM Act at LUC Medical School

    Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine is the first medical school in the nation to announce that it is accepting applications for admission from undocumented immigrants in response to President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
  • Fall 2013 Human Trafficking Course

    This interdisciplinary seminar will explore legal, social, and practical issues confronting human trafficking survivors within the United States, with an emphasis on child survivors. Open to law students and graduate level social work students.
  • Release: Principles for Immigration Reform

    On February 15, 2013, more than 200 organizations representing children, immigrants, academia, faith traditions, and civil rights (including the CHRC) released a set of principles for immigration reform legislation that meets the needs of children.
  • Service Opportunity in Rogers Park Preschools

    Are you passionate about education? Do you enjoy working with and supporting young children? Do you believe ALL children have the right to a high quality early education? If so, please consider applying to Loyola's Jumpstart program!
  • Dr. James Garbarino in the News

    Dr. James Garbarino, the CHRC’s Senior Faculty Fellow, offers his expertise on childhood trauma in historical context, in an article featured in Houstonia Magazine.
  • Dr. James Garbarino on CNN

    Dr. Garbarino offers his expertise on the recent violent events around the nation, in an opinion piece featured on CNN.com.
  • CHRC Research Fellowships

    November 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In recognition of this significant milestone, later this year the CHRC will be announcing new research fellowships. These fellowships will provide an opportunity for selected students and faculty to conduct interdisciplinary research supporting themes around children's rights. Please stay tuned - more information will be posted on the CHRC website at www.luc.edu/chrc.