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Center for the Human Rights of Children 

April 2010
In This Issue
"India's Children: Preserving Their Rights, Protecting their Future"
New Class on Human Trafficking
Doris Duke Fellowship
Human Rights and Access to Water
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy Spring! Below, please find details regarding our upcoming symposium on child rights in India, a new class exploring the issue of human trafficking, internship and fellowship opportunities, and more.
Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director
Center for the Human Rights of Children
Loyola University Chicago


Master Kishan

The Center for the Human Rights of Children, India Development Service, and the Department of International Studies are co-hosting an informative symposium on various human rights issues addressing India's most vulnerable children. Topics addressed include "Empowering Street Children," "Protecting Children from Violence and Abuse," "Nutrition as Foundation for Education," Juvenile Justice in India," and Advancing Child Rights in India Through Youth Development and Education." Speakers include international representatives from CHILDLINE India, Butterflies of India, the Akshaya Patra Foundation, and distinguished Loyola University Chicago faculty from the Civitas ChildLaw Center and the School of Social Work. Moderator: Jerome McDonnell, of WBEZ's "Worldview."

Details: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Loyola University Medical Center, Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL. Please RSVP to Nila Vora at Registration fees: $75 per person, $20 for students with ID (includes box lunch and pass to "Care of Footpath" film).

Please see the CHRC website for more information, including details for an early showing of film  "Care of Footpath" directed by Master Kishan, the youngest film director in the world entered into Guinness records. Film screenings, including Q&A with Master Kishan and his father, will be scheduled Loyola's Water Tower Campus on April 30, 4:30 - 6:30 pm  at 25 E. Pearson, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL and at the Maywood Campus on May 1 following the symposium.

The Center for the Human Rights of Children will sponsor 5 students to attend the Symposium and movie (Friday or Saturday) at no charge. If you are interested in attending, please contact (first come first serve)


Human Trafficking in the United States: Special Issues Concerning Children

This interdisciplinary seminar will explore legal, social, and practical issues confronting human trafficking survivors (both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens) within the United States, with an emphasis on children and a human rights-based approach. The seminar will begin with an overview of systems and laws, including international law, U.S. criminal and immigration law, child welfare, and explore case management issues and techniques by social service providers working with survivors of human trafficking. The class is open to law students and graduate level social work students. For more information, please contact

Summer, 2010, June 8 - July 22, 2010, Tuesday and Thursday, 5-7pm

-Law students: 2 credits, 10 weeks; CRS 249 Sec 001 Course 4125
-Social Work students: 3 credits, 9 weeks; SOWK 634: Special Topics (more registration information for the School of Social Work is forthcoming)

Summer Opportunities at the Center for the Human Rights of Children

The Center for the Human Rights of Children is currently providing the following Summer 2010 opportunities:

1. Summer Undergraduate Internship

The Center seeks an undergraduate student to assist in research addressing local human rights affecting children and youth. Strong organizational, research, writing skills, and a commitment to social justice and human rights required.

2. Summer Graduate Student Fellowship

The Center seeks a graduate level student to assist in policy related research addressing human trafficking and child exploitation issues. Qualified candidates include law students, graduate level criminal justice, or public policy/political science students.

Both positions are paid internships for 10-12 weeks beginning in June. More details forthcoming, including how to apply, will be posted in the next week at under "Opportunities."
Doris Duke Fellowship for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 

Doctoral students who are interested in a career in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention are invited to apply for the new fellowship program.

Application period: August 15, 2010 through December 15, 2010 (for the 2011-2012 fellowship year).

Access to Clean Water - a Human Right

Last week, Loyola's three campuses addressed water rights issues during a week-long Colloquium. The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP), with support from the Center for the Human Rights of Children, the Office of the President, and the Student Environmental Alliance co-sponsored this event to raise awareness of the issues associated with bottled water, as well as an intentional response to student concerns about how the bottled water industry is impacting the privatization of water and exploiting communities in developing countries.

Access to sanitary water is both an international and local issue with severe and disproportionate consequences for the world's children and youth.  Globally, nearly 900 million people lack access to safe drinking water today, almost half of whom are children
(UNICEF).  In fact, every day approximately 4,100 children die of water-related diseases.  By 2025, it is estimated that about half of the world's population will live under conditions of severe water stress, predicted to lead to disputes over scarce water resources and to fuel armed conflict over ownership; such conflicts would further tax families and place additional stress upon children and youth (World Bank). Yet access to sanitary water is not a privilege, it is a human right. We must consider how this dilemma can be understood as a challenge to our guarantee to protect children's inalienable human rights.

Please see the CUERP website for more information.

LUClogo About the Center

Recognizing that children require special protections, the Center for the Human Rights of Children was founded at Loyola University Chicago in 2006. The Center pursues an agenda of interdisciplinary research, education, and service to address critical human rights issues affecting children and youth,   both locally and globally.

The Center represents Loyola University's efforts to protect and advance the human rights of children, engaging students, faculty, and the community at large through research, scholarship, advocacy, and programs.

Contact Us
Katherine Kaufka Walts, J.D.| Director | | 312-915-6351
James Garbarino, Ph.D. | Senior Faculty Fellow | | 773-508-3001
David Doyle | Doctoral Candidate | Graduate Assistant | | 312-915-6357
Aggeliki Gikas | Administrative Assistant | | 312-915-6350

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