The Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago represents an interdisciplinary group of educators and scholars representing the fields of child development, child welfare, social work, law, psychology, and mental health. We are writing to express our grave concern about the recent proposals to subject Central American children to an accelerated screening and removal process that fails to take into account their age, their vulnerability, and their developmental capacity. Accelerated processing of minors entering the border also places children in serious danger and undermines the bipartisan support and policy intentions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (“TVPA”) and Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2008 (“TVPRA”), which seek to protect children from the heinous crime of human trafficking and improve procedural protections for vulnerable children entering the United States. Read the letter to see the three recommendations based on CHRC concerns about the current and proposed responses to the crisis of 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.
Watch Katherine Kaufka Walts, CHRC Director, speak on Fox 32 News about unaccompanied minors trying to enter the United States.
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.
CHRC Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts, will teach the course, "Human Trafficking in the United States: Special Issues Concerning Children" (LAW 249/ SOSW 634) this coming fall. The course is open to LUC Law students and School of Social Work graduate students.