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Katherine Kaufka Walts

Katherine Kaufka Walts

Katherine Kaufka Walts is the Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago, which advances efforts to understand and protect the human rights of children utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Ms. Kaufka Walts conducts research, teaches, writes, and provides training and consultation to various stakeholders in the US and internationally on the subject of various children’s rights issues, including human trafficking. Ms. Kaufka Walts has worked with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on single and multiple-victim sex and labor trafficking cases, and successfully represented both child and adult victims of sex and labor trafficking within immigration and criminal justice proceedings under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Ms. Kaufka Walts has provided expert testimony to governmental bodies, locally, federally, and internationally. She was previously appointed member of the American Bar Association’s Human Trafficking Task Force, and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Youth at Risk. Ms. Kaufka Walts received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.A. and B.S. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.