8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL | Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor
Child Soldiers: Forced to be Cruel
The exhibit, “Child Soldiers: Forced to Be Cruel,” is based on the book “Child Soldiers,” by Leora Kahn. It features forty photographs taken by talented and devoted photographers, depicting child soldiers from around the world who have been manipulated by war criminals and subjected to unspeakable violence. Their faces depict the reality of a lost childhood. Instead of the frivolity, joy, defiance, or rebellion of childhood, we see a deadly seriousness on the face of a gun-toting teenager. This internationally traveled exhibition has been shown at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, Italy, the Bonn Kunstmusem in Bonn, Germany, and the United Nations in New York City.
For more information about the exhibit and book: www.childsolderisinitiative.org and www.proofmsj.com
The Child Migrant: Children Crossing Borders
On November 13, 2014, the CHRC hosted a day-long educational program to provide Loyola students and the community an opportunity to learn more about this critical children’s rights issue. Who are children and families leaving their homes? What are their experiences migrating alone through unfriendly territory and systems? What is happening to children once they arrive in the United States, and what happens to the children who are sent back? What is being done to respond to this humanitarian crisis?
Dane Placko from Fox 32 News interviewed CHRC Director Katherine Kaufka Walts about this issue. Click here to watch the interview. Also see this article on the issue, which quotes Katherine Kaufka Walts.
Advancing Healthy Homes & Healthy Communities Summit
On June 19, 2014, a day-long summit to develop a blueprint for the City and County to advance a healthy homes agenda was held at Loyola's Corboy Law Building. Over 150 professionals were in attendance.
For more information on the event and to view the outcomes, visit Healthy Homes.
For photos, click here.
Trafficking in Persons Report Release
The CHRC was represented at the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report release event, held on June 20, 2014, in Washington, DC. Katherine Kaufka Walts, CHRC Director, joined other advocates, service providers, and leaders in the anti-trafficking movement to hear presentations by survivors, Secretary of State John Kerry, Ambassador Lou CdeBaca, and Sarah Sewall, Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Read Ms. Kaufka Walts' statement on the report here. Read the TIP 2014 Press Release. View Secretary Kerry's remarks. View photos from the event here.
Creating a Non-Violent Future: Children's Rights and Advances in Protection from Corporal Punishment
On May 23 & 24, 2014, the CHRC hosted a two-day symposium at Loyola University Chicago's Information Commons. The symposium was titled, "Creating a Non-Violent Future: Children's Rights and Advances in Protection from Corporal Punishment."
Geneva Switzerland—CHRC/Young Center Alternative Report
June 18, 2012—US NGO delegates outside of the Office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
From left to right:
- Maria Woltjen, Director, Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights at the University of Chicago
- Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago
- Jonathan Todres, Jonathan Todres, Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, Advisory Board Member, ECPAT-USA
- Carol Smolenski, Executive Director, ECPAT-USA
- Gertrude Lenzner, Director of the Children's Studies Center at Brooklyn College
For more information, please refer to the CHRC's Past Events.
Cecilia's World: Bringing Light to the Darkness of Children in El Salvador, an initiative by Dr. James Garbarino, Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for the Human Rights of Children
Cecilia is a five year-old child living in a poor and violent community of El Zaite in El Salvador. El Salvador has a long history of violence, oppression, and poverty. This slide documentary chronicles how Cecilia's world today—poverty and gang violence—was shaped by the history of her country. It then describes the efforts of Loyola University Chicago's "Solidarity in Education" project to "adopt" the school that Cecilia attends and support its programs, in collaboration with International Partners in Mission.
To view the movie, please click on the links below: