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CHRC 2015-2016 Faculty Fellowship Recipients

  1. Child Trafficking on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Melina Healey, JD, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow, School of Law

    Teaching Fellow Melina Healey and Child Law Policy Clinic students will partner with the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to examine child trafficking on the reservation and draft a tribal code provision aimed at eliminating this abuse. Child trafficking on the reservation has risen sharply in recent years due to oil drilling and criminal activity in the nearby Bakken region of North Dakota. This project will incorporate the clinic's expertise in legislative drafting with insight from tribal leaders and elders on how to address the issue in culturally sensitive ways.
  2. Stateless North Korean Children in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China, Caleb Kim, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work

    North Korean children are among the most vulnerable children in the world because they are often navigating government systems and transitioning into adulthood without necessary social services or appropriate parental care. The objectives of this project are: 1) to identify the psycho-social needs of stateless North Korean children living in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China, and 2) to develop a practical training manual for local volunteer community activists who are serving these children. Accomplishing these objectives, this project will not only disseminate the quality of stateless North Korean children’s life to the world but also advocate for human rights of the most vulnerable children.
  3. Vulnerabilities and Human Rights Violations of Children Migrating to the US Alone - An Analytical Framework for Catholic Ethics and Advocacy, Hille Haker, PhD, Richard A. McCormick, S.J., Chair of Catholic Moral Theology, Dept. of Theology, College of Arts and Sciences

    The United States is experiencing a rise in unaccompanied children and families migrating to our southern border. This project will examine the specific vulnerabilities and human rights violations of children migrating to the US, and develop an ethical framework that reflects and enhances the Catholic Church's response.