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Center for the Human Rights of Children 
Summer/Fall Newsletter
August 2010
In This Issue
Register for Natl. Conference on Child Trafficking & Exploitation
CHRC Hosts Regional Child Rights Meeting
Child Rights Curriculum
About the Center

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.

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

Contact Us
Katherine Kaufka Walts, J.D.| Director | | 312-915-6351

James Garbarino, Ph.D. | Senior Faculty Fellow | |

Aggeliki Gikas | Administrative Assistant | | 312-915-6350

To learn more about the Center, please visit

Advisory Board

Neil Boothby, Ph.D., Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Brigette DeLay, Child Protection Officer,
Carol Smolenski, Executive Director, ECPAT USA, New York, NY

Maria Woltjen, Director, Immigrant Children's Advocacy Project, Chicago, IL

New Projects

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!
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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.
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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.

The book can be purchased on or directly from Loyola University Chicago (see order form on All proceeds go to scholarships to for C.R.I.M.E. teen program participants.