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July 2011
In This Issue
National Trafficking & Exploitation Conference Outcome Document
Save the Date: November 4, 2011, Child Rights and Forensics/Expert Assessments
2011 Africa Child Rights Fellow
New UN Child Rights Protocol
Resources & Opportunities
CHRC's 2011 Intern Profiles
Greetings Friends and Colleagues,


Children's rights are about treating children with the equality, respect and dignity to which they are entitled as human beings. The fact that children are not adults, and considering the low social status afforded to them in most societies, means they are often left out of decision-making. Their status in society, among other factors, also means they are more vulnerable to sexual abuse, discrimination, violence and exploitation.

Below, you will find details regarding upcoming CHRC initiatives and activities addressing some of these issues, including the importance of expert examinations/assessments for children's access to justice, protection from human trafficking and exploitation, and child rights research.

We hope you are enjoying a safe and happy summer!

All the best,
Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director
Center for the Human Rights of Children
Loyola University Chicago 
Outcome Document 2011 ImageHuman Trafficking and Exploitation of Children and Youth 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 has published an Outcome Document summarizing the conference, including current issues, challenges, promising practices in the field, as well as recommendations and resources. 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 Outcome Document is now is available online.


Hard copies are also available. To order, please e-mail

Save the Date: November 4, 2011
Protecting Child Rights Through Multidisciplinary Forensics Workshop

Expert evaluations and assessments - including (but not limited to) medical, psychological, and educational - often play a vital role in the outcome of children's legal cases and are often critical in obtaining the necessary services for vulnerable children.

This workshop seeks to increase awareness and expertise among the community of professionals and students of various disciplines (i.e., law, medicine, psychology, social work, education, criminal justice, political science) in the provision of services to, and protection of vulnerable children. Experts from various disciplines and agencies will provide case studies and training on how to conduct expert and forensic examinations, assessments, and provide subject matter expertise. We hope the workshop can be a starting point for the development of a multi-disciplinary expert referral network for agencies working with children.

For more information, please visit 

 2011 Africa Child Rights Fellow Announced


"Psychosocial Support to Orphan and Vulnerable Children in Ethiopia - An Institutional Perspective" 


The Center for the Human Rights of Children would like to announce Dr. Terry B. Northcut, Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Loyola University, as the 2011 Child Rights Fellow. Her research will focus on how Ethiopia is addressing its international legal obligation to provide psychosocial support to children put at risk by poverty, HIV/AIDS, family disintegration, and violence.


Joshua Dankoff, J.D., will receive a smaller Professional Scholarship award for his proposal, "Exploring Traditional Justice Mechanisms as Opportunities for Diversion of Children in Conflict with the Law in Cameroon and Malawi."


For more information about child rights research in Africa and the fellowship, please visit 

BCWR_HandbookBuilding Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking Project Handbook 

The Center for the Human Rights of Children and the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) have published a handbook The handbook is a part of a larger project to mobilize and strengthen the capacity of child welfare agencies to address widespread and systemic gaps in efforts to combat the human rights abuses suffered by the thousands of children and youth throughout the United States who are trafficked for labor or sexual exploitation each year. 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.  


More information, including a copy of the handbook, is available online  at  

Child Rights News


The Human Rights Council adopts a new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child 


The UN Human Rights Council has adopted the final draft Optional Protocol on a complaints mechanism for children's rights violations. The new protocol will enable the Committee on the Rights of the Child to examine communications from children and their representatives alleging violations of their rights.


For more information, please visit 

For a full press release, visit  


Vatican Official supports UN protocol as important tool for child rights


On June 6, during a meeting of the Human Rights Council, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's envoy to U.N. agencies in Geneva, supported passage of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child that would give children a direct line of communication to local and international authorities when they are victims of violence or their rights are violated. For the full article, visit 


Resources & Opportunities


Open Society Fellowship

The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world. The deadline for submissions is August, 1, 2011.
For more information, please visit 


Call for Essays: Human Rights Education Praxis

Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice (Routledge) is dedicating issue 24.1, "Human Rights Education Praxis," to exploring the role of Human Rights Education (HRE) in promoting both a more mainstream understanding of human rights as put forth by the UDHR and international instruments, and new emerging meanings of human rights specific to the unique conditions of communities around the world, in efforts towards justice and equity.

For more information, please visit 

For submission guidelines, please visit 

CHRC Summer 2011 Interns


Angela Inzano is a rising third year law student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. 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).


Natnael Moges is is a rising second-year law student at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has worked with several non-profit and community organizations in Atlanta, New York, and Chicago. His experience in the field includes research conducted in Paris on the global flow of rights-based ideology. 

Natnael speaks French and Amharic, as well as basic Spanish and Hebrew.


C. Maeve Kendall completed her first year of graduate work at Loyola University Chicago with a dual-degree in Law and Cultural & Educational Policy Studeies. Maeve learned about the social and economic challenges affecting inner-city students by working with the Big Shoulders Fund before acquiring an externship with the Honorable Wayne Andersen in the Northern District of Illinois. 


Please visit for more detailed biographies.



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

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