About the Center|
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
Center pursues an agenda of interdisciplinary research, education, and
service to address critical human rights issues affecting children and
youth, both locally and globally
Katherine Kaufka Walts, J.D.| Director | firstname.lastname@example.org | 312-915-6351
James Garbarino, Ph.D. | Senior Faculty Fellow | email@example.com |
Aggeliki Gikas | Administrative Assistant | firstname.lastname@example.org | 312-915-6350
To learn more about the Center, please visit www.luc.edu/chrc
Neil Boothby, Ph.D., Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Brigette DeLay, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF
Carol Smolenski, Executive Director, ECPAT USA, New York, NY
Maria Woltjen, Director, Immigrant Children's Advocacy Project, Chicago, IL
The CHRC has several new projects in development addressing various child rights issues, including child trafficking and exploitation, orphan youth, and child rights education. For more information, please see:
| The CHRC would like thank to David Doyle, Michael Wilk, Edmund Bruyere, and Dominique Covington for their work and meaningful contributions as student interns and fellows this past year and summer. We wish you well with your future endeavors! ||
National Conference on Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Children and Youth in the United States, September 22-23, 2010
This year, the United States celebrates the 10th
Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. While the United
States has made significant progress to eradicate human trafficking,
children continue to be disproportionately underrepresented in cases
identified. This demonstrates the need for a national, collaborative
response to address the gaps in identification, protection, recovery,
and prevention of all forms of child trafficking and exploitation. This conference is
an opportunity to learn best practices, research, and scholarship on
this issue, and stimulate ongoing work and partnerships in the field to
protect the rights of children, both citizens and non-citizens, impacted by human trafficking and
exploitation in the United States.Keynote Speakers: Illinois Senator, John Cullerton, Cook County States Attorney, Anita Alvarez, and Kelly Heinrich, Counsel, U.S. State Department, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
For more information and registration, see:Brought to you by the Center for the Human Rights of Children, in
collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Research,Training,
and Education (CARTE) of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Marcella
Neihoff School of Nursing, The Stritch School of Medicine, the ChildLaw
Center, and the School of Social Work at Loyola University.
UN Convention on Rights of the Child Consultation in Chicago
On August 9, 2010, the Center for the Human Rights of Children, together with the Civitas ChildLaw Center co-hosted and participated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) General Comment 13 of Article 19 of the CRC (CRC GC13) consultation, led by the Working Group
to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The purpose of the consultation was to
establish CRC GC13 as a practical and useful document which will guide governments, professionals and volunteers in protecting children from violence and
maltreatment, in the USA and around the world.
The list of consultation participants included the the Child Welfare League
of America (CWLA), the CRC Campaigns for USA Ratification in Washington DC and Chicago, the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children (APSAC), the American
Humane Child Welfare Division, the American Bar Association (ABA), USA
members of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
and the International Institute on Child Rights and Development (IICRD), several
Universities, the Chicago Child Advocacy Center, and NGOs, professionals and scholars
from the US and Canada.
Children's Rights Curriculum
The CHRC is currently developing a training curriculum to educate students about their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Adopted by the United Nations in 1989, the CRC is the first legally
binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human
rights - civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. While
the United States has not ratified the CRC, the city of Chicago
successfully adopted a resolution to support it in February of 2009. The
curriculum will be specifically designed for Chicago high school
students to learn about their rights as children under the CRC.
Youth-led Violence Prevention Project Publishes Book
C.R.I.M.E.: Replacing Violence with Compassion, Respect,
Inspiration, Motivation, and Empathy is
a book that offers a novel perspective on violence prevention. C.R.I.M.E. is a youth-led project with the
mission of helping adults and children to become more in touch with their
innate capacity for human connectedness rather than destructive motives seen in
aggression and violence. The C.R.I.M.E.
teens have written
this book with their adult mentors.
The C.R.I.M.E. program is run through the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work and is overseen by Dr. Katherine Tyson McCrea and Dr. Jeffrey Bulanda.
book can be purchased on Amazon.com or directly from Loyola University Chicago
(see order form on www.crimeteens.com). All proceeds go to scholarships to for C.R.I.M.E. teen program participants.