Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Full-Time Faculty

Katherine Kaufka Walts

Title/s: Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children

E-mail: kkaufkawalts@luc.edu


Katherine Kaufka Walts is the Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. The Center advances efforts of the Loyola University community to understand and protect the human rights of children utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Prior to joining Loyola, Ms. Kaufka Walts served as the Executive Director of the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA), where she developed projects in the US and abroad, including the first program to develop the capacity of child welfare system to better respond to child trafficking and exploitation cases. Prior to IOFA, Ms. Kaufka Walts managed the Counter-Human Trafficking project at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, where she worked with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on single and multiple-victim sex and labor trafficking cases, and successfully represented victims of human trafficking (children and adults) in the United States within both immigration and criminal justice proceedings.

Ms. Kaufka Walt’s experience in the human trafficking field includes teaching, research, direct services via legal representation, advocacy, technical assistance and training, non-profit administration, consulting, law and policy, and writing and publication. Ms. Kaufka Walts has provided expert testimony to local, national, and international governmental bodies. She was an appointed member of the American Bar Association’s Human Trafficking Task Force (2013-14) is currently an appointed member of the American Bar Association’s the Commission on Youth at Risk (2012-15). She developed the first interdisciplinary course on child trafficking and exploitation in the country, currently offered at Loyola University Schools of Law and Social Work. She received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.A and B.S. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Contact information

Katherine Kaufka Walts
Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children
Loyola University Chicago