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Center for the Human Rights of Children 
May 2011
In This Issue
New CHRC Publication on Human Trafficking of Children
CHRC Graduate Course on Human Trafficking
CHRC's 2011 Intern Profiles
Job Opportunities

Greetings Friends and Colleagues,


Happy Spring! Below, you will find details regarding the release of a new CHRC publications, projects, staff updates, and job opportunities.


Best regards,

Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director
Center for the Human Rights of Children
Loyola University Chicago 
BCWR_HandbookBuilding Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking Project Handbook 


While it is estimated that women and children comprise the majority of victims of human trafficking in the United States, children continue to represent the smallest class of human trafficking victims identified each year.  


In response, the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) and the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University have published a handbook that outlines 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. The handbook provides forms, protocols, and policy considerations for incorporating child trafficking identification and response mechanisms into public and private child welfare systems, using Illinois as a case study.

Tools and resources included in the handbook:
  • Human Trafficking of Children Identification Tool
  • Human Trafficking of Children Screening Tools
  • Summary of Services Available to Child Victims of Trafficking
  • Legal Protections and Advocacy for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Case Management Toolkit for Child Victims 

The handbook is available online at 

HealthyEnvironmentCoverA Child's Right to a Healthy Environment

In this volume, authors examine the impediments to the crucial goals of justice, safety, dignity, well-being, and meaning in children's lives, factors as varied as socioeconomic stressors, alienated, disengaged parents, and corrosive moral lessons from the media. Also addressed are major threats to children's development, including:

  • War and natural disasters.
  • Environmental toxins (e.g., malaria and lead poisoning).
  • The child obesity epidemic.
  • Gun violence.
  • Child slavery and trafficking.
  • Toxic elements in contemporary culture.

Edited by James Garbarino & Garry Sigman - 2010

This volume was published as part of the Center for the Human Rights of Children 2008 Symposium, "A Child's Right to a Healthy Environment."

OutcomeDocCoverComing Soon:  Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Children in the United States, National Conference Outcome Document

Last fall, the CHRC organized a conference on human trafficking and exploitation of children in the United States. The CHRC is publishing an Outcome Document summarizing the conference, including current issues, challenges, promising practices in the field, as well as action items and recommendations. We hope the Document can be a guide for future advocacy, scholarship, research, and collaboration on the issues of human trafficking and exploitation of children and youth in the United States. The document will be available online May 2011. Please see for updates.


Slide Documentary

Cecilia's World:  Bringing Light to the Darkness of Childhood in El Salvador 


Cecilia is a five year-old child living in a poor and violent community of El Zaite in El Salvador. El Salvador has a long history of violence, oppression, and poverty. This slide documentary chronicles how Cecilia's world today - poverty and gang violence - was shaped by the history of her country. It then describes the efforts of Loyola University Chicago's "Solidarity in Education" project to "adopt" the school that Cecilia attends and support its programs, in collaboration with International Partners in Mission.  To see a copy of the video click here.  

Written and photographed by the Center's Senior Faculty Fellow, James Garbarino. 

Questions? Contact James Garbarino,
Fall 2011 Graduate Level Course on Human Trafficking 

Human Trafficking in the United States: Special Issues Concerning Children


This interdisciplinary seminar will present and explore legal, social, and practical issues confronting children who are survivors of human trafficking within the United States. The seminar will begin with an overview of legal systems affecting survivors of human trafficking, including international law, U.S. criminal and immigration law, child welfare, and explore case management, services, and techniques utilized by  service providers to protect the rights of children and assist them in their recovery process.  


This class is available for students enrolled in the School of Law and the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. For more information, please visit 

The CHRC Welcomes 2011 Interns


Angela phot

Angela Inzano is a rising third year law student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Angela also attended Loyola University Chicago for her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and English. She has been very active in political work in Chicago and has a strong interest in child and family law issues. While in law school, she has demonstrated her passion for these issues through her coursework, her enrollment in the Civitas Child Law Clinic and her role as the Symposium Editor for the Children's Legal Rights Journal (CLRJ).


In the media:

Chicago Lawyer Magazine - About her study abroad in China

Destiny Calling - Interview with author Charles Madigan about the election of President Obama. Angela is mentioned in the book, as well as the interview, for her role in the presidential campaign.


Angela will be working at the CHRC this summer. More CHRC staff and intern profiles are forthcoming.

Job Opportunities

Children and Family Research Center


The Children and Family Research Center (CFRC, the Center), a unit within the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking applications for a full-time Senior Research Specialist. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jaime Waymouth at or visit for additional information. Applications due May 18, 2011.

The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention the Rights of the Child


The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is seeking a motivated student to manage a three month plus project on a major website redesign for its current site:

Please send cover letter and resume to: by May 18, 2011. 


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, JD| Director | | 312-915-6351
James Garbarino, Ph.D. | Senior Faculty Fellow | | 773-508-3001
Catherine Lee | Ph.D. Student | Graduate Assistant | | 312-915-6357
Aggeliki Gikas | Administrative Assistant | | 312-915-6350

To learn more about the Center, please visit