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Center for the Human Rights of Children   

January 2011
In This Issue
CHRC Faculty Fellowship
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking Project
National Child Trafficking and Exploitation Conference
2011 Summer Graduate Internship Opportunity
Greetings Friends and Colleagues,  

We hope that the New Year finds you happy and healthy! In this update, you will find details regarding National Human Trafficking Awareness Day (including some events in Illinois), the CHRC's collaborative "Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking" project with IOFA, and this past year's National Child Trafficking and Exploitation Conference.

Additionally, the CHRC is offering a Faculty Fellowship for the Spring of 2011, as well as a Graduate Internship opportunity for the Summer. Please see below for details.

Best regards,


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

CHRC Faculty Fellowship ($15,000)


The purpose of the 2011 faculty fellowship is to address the critical gap in research regarding child rights in Africa. The fellowship can support projects that identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Applicants may focus on any country or region in Africa. Subject matter to be explored can include (but is not limited to) themes such as "Studies and Models of Child Research in Africa;" "Research as a Basis for Monitoring and Reporting Systems;" "Participatory Child Research and Child Rights;" "Migration and Dislocation;" "Child Labor, Social Welfare Services;" "Promoting Policy and Practice Relevant Knowledge on Child Rights;" "Promising Practices in Realizing the Rights of Children;" or "Application of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)".  

Faculty and doctoral-level students at Loyola University Chicago (Lakeshore, Water Tower, and Maywood campuses) are eligible to apply. Length of the award is 18 months. Within this time frame, the Faculty Fellow is required to present their research project at a forum sponsored by the Center for the Human Rights of Children, and submit a paper for publication and/or conference.


Click HERE for a complete description of the fellowship and the application.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Tuesday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

After drug trafficking, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and it is the fastest growing. In the United States alone, there is an estimated minimum of 100,000 U.S. born children that are victims of commercial sexual exploitation every year. At least 14,000 foreign nationals are trafficked into the U.S. every year for purposes of labor and commercial sexual exploitation. Some sources even estimate up to 27 million people are in slavery around the world. Additionally, the state of Illinois produces the fifth highest volume of calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline.

Across the country, anti-trafficking organizations are hosting activities, from film screenings to training on community response efforts.
  • Support Local Chicago Efforts
  • The Illinois Rescue and Restore, a state-wide coalition of social service organizations, law enforcement, advocacy groups, and community members, is seeking to combat human trafficking in Illinois. They will host a training session on January 14, 2010, from 9AM to 4PM at LaSalle Street Church at 111 N Wells St., Chicago, IL. For more information, contact Rachael Burke at
  • In Springfield, Calvary Church is hosting an awareness forum. The event is scheduled to be held on January 11, 2010 at Calvary Temple Christian Center located at 1730 W. Jefferson, Springfield, IL (park in rear of building). This event will begin at 7 p.m. and will conclude at 9:00 p.m. and include a film followed by a panel discussion and audience questions and answers. For more information or to register, please contact Lindsay Buhr, CPSJ Training Coordinator, via email at or phone 217-206-6033.

Girl of MonographBuilding Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking Project

To date, there have been minimal government efforts to assist and protect child victims of trafficking, both U.S. citizens and non-citizens. As a result, state child welfare agencies are not positioned to identify the majority of child victims of trafficking and subsequently, child victims do not receive the protections afforded to them under state or federal laws.

In response to this critical gap, the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) and the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University developed the Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking Project. The purpose of the project is to address systemic gaps in knowledge, policies, and procedures within local child welfare agencies in the United States. This process and project has been captured in a soon to be published monograph that provides policies, protocols and forms for incorporating child trafficking identification and response mechanisms into state and private child welfare systems.

Tools and resources to be included in the monograph:
  • Human Trafficking of Children Identification Tool
  • Human Trafficking of Children Screening Tools
  • Summary of Services Available to Child Victims
  • Legal Protections and Advocacy for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Case Management Toolkit for Child Victims
Please check back with the CHRC website frequently for updates on the status of the monograph.

National Child Trafficking and Exploitation Conference

This past September, the Center for the Human Rights of Children hosted a two-day conference titled "Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Children and Youth in the United States." It was a national, collaborative response to address the gaps in identification, protection, recovery, and prevention of child trafficking and exploitation.

Keynote speakers were:

  • Anita Alvarez, Cook County State's Attorney
  • Senator John Cullerton, President of the Illinois Senate
  • Kelly Heinrich, Senior Counsel, US State Department, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Other speakers included professionals from a broad range of fields, and presentations covered best practices, research, and scholarship on the issue, and strategies to stimulate ongoing work and partnerships in the field to protect the rights of victims of trafficking. The conference brought in approximately 200 attendees from around the country, including students, practitioners, scholars, government agencies and community-based organizations.


The CHRC is in the process of compiling information presented and discussed during the conference to publish an Outcome Document. This will address current issues, challenges, promising practices in the field, as well as suggest "action items" and next steps. It will hopefully be a guide for future scholarship/research, collaboration, and networking on the issues of human trafficking and exploitation of children and youth in the United States. It will be posted on the CHRC website.

2011 Summer Graduate Internship Opportunity

(June 1 - August 13, 2011)

The Center for the Human Rights of Children is seeking a graduate student intern for the summer to work on two projects. The first project is to conduct research on local and national statutes, criminal justice statistics, trends, and policies related to human trafficking (with an emphasis on children and youth). The second project is to assist in developing a "Know Your Rights" curriculum for children and youth. Qualifications include excellent written and verbal communications skills, organizational skills, research, statistics, and a demonstrated interest in human rights advocacy and/or issues. Database management and creativity is also a plus. Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Policy students are encouraged to apply.

The position is paid and full-time (with some flexibility, depending on the qualifications of the candidate) and located at the Water Tower Campus at 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, including 2 professional or academic references via email to  by March 30, 2010. The subject line for the email should be "GRADUATE SUMMER INTERNSHIP" in all caps.


LUClogoAbout 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.

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