Center for the Human Rights of Children

Center for the Human Rights of Children Loyola University Chicago's Center for the Human Rights of Children seeks to advance and protect the rights of children.
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Recognizing that children require special protections, the Center for the Human Rights of Children pursues an agenda of interdisciplinary research, education, and service to address critical and complex issues affecting children and youth, both locally and globally. Sign up to receive newsletter updates from the CHRC using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rfnw73cqoze0GZT9gg4ISTadqKzhtDBX8cJsLDTPX5I/viewform?c=0&w=1.

07/08/2020
Loyola University Chicago

Want to learn more about child trafficking in the United States? Watch this short video from CHRC Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts.

On this week's Loyola Experts, Katherine Kaufka Walts speaks on the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the ways it protects children’s rights.

#CalledAsOne #LoyolaChicago

Loyola University Chicago School of Law
07/03/2020

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

DACA: Where We Go From Here
Thursday, July 9, 12:00-1:30pm

Please join us for a discussion of the recent United States Supreme Court decision which upheld protections for DACA recipients. Panel members will review the history of DACA and the legal challenges to the program, and implications for the future. Presenters include a Constitutional Law scholar, one of the lead attorneys on the DACA case just ruled on by the US Supreme Court, a Chicago-based immigration attorney engaged in DACA advocacy and litigation, and a DACA recipient.

Register here: https://luc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlceqorzorHNJ3cnxBHZcGtAeZrNggEZQohttps://luc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlceqorzorHNJ3cnxBHZcGtAeZrNggEZQo

“The family residential centers are on fire and there is no more time for half measures,” said Judge M. Gee. A federal j...
06/27/2020
U.S. Must Release Children From Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules

“The family residential centers are on fire and there is no more time for half measures,” said Judge M. Gee. A federal judge has ordered the release of children held in ICE custody by July 17, citing the dangers of the pandemic.
Judge Dolly Gee said the Trump administration failed to provide even the most basic health protections for children and their families.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/us/immigrant-children-detention-centers.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&fbclid=IwAR3FzFa_azC4EwXkolxLcuK68NG4HM8sAB317I_YGDn-tHc9T_hNYM_pxO8

The order, which cited the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, applies to children held in the nation’s three family detention centers for more than 20 days.

Justice and Human RightsWhat a week! The Supreme Court issued two important rulings: 1. Protecting LGBTQ+ identifying in...
06/19/2020
What We Do The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice

Justice and Human Rights

What a week! The Supreme Court issued two important rulings: 1. Protecting LGBTQ+ identifying individuals from getting fired from their job based on their gender or sexual orientation, and 2. Protecting DACA status for over 700,000 immigrant children and young adults living in the United States. Today is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the abolishment of slavery in the United States. There is much we can do and say about all of these important issues. For now, we want to share a CHRC statement in response to the SCOTUS decision preserving DACA:

The Center for the Human Rights of Children applauds the decision to ensure due process protections were upheld, and that protections remain intact for individuals who have availed themselves of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program since it was enacted in 2012. We honor the work of young people who have been the leading this movement, and hope they may now enjoy a heightened sense of peace in our communities.

While this decision is welcome, its effects are not permanent. The DACA program’s details remain subject to administrative disruptions. Statutory protections for eligible DACA recipients are necessary to ensure permanency, stability, economic security and the right to participate fully in public life in the United States. We call upon Congress to enact legislation to create those protections, as well as a pathway to citizenship, for the immigrant children and youth who call this country home. #heretostay #homeishere

Click here to to learn more about what you can do: https://bit.ly/2YgysMm

Since its founding, Jesuits had been dedicated to the service of the Catholic faith, but at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 32 in 1975, “the promotion of justice” was declared a central part of the Society’s mission and a concrete response to an unjustly suffering world.

Our colleagues at the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights have curated this amazing list of resources for immig...
04/10/2020

Our colleagues at the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights have curated this amazing list of resources for immigrant children and families addressing COVID-19! Please share with others, including churches, schools, and communities who may benefit from this.

Young Center staff have been putting together some resources for our volunteers and our community at large to help us cope in these uncertain times. We hope they are helpful to you: https://bit.ly/YCCOVID19Resources

It's been an intense few weeks as we all adjust to life under Covid-19. Children have a right to be informed about the p...
04/03/2020
How to talk to your children about coronavirus

It's been an intense few weeks as we all adjust to life under Covid-19. Children have a right to be informed about the pandemic, and adults should be protecting them from distress and harm. Here are some resources about how to talk to children about the virus and stay safe:

https://childhoodresilience.org/resources-1

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/talk-children-coronavirus-200402095228102.html

While children have a right to know about a pandemic sweeping the globe, adults should protect them from any distress.

Greta Thunberg
02/26/2020

Greta Thunberg

So... today I met my role model. What else can I say? @Malala

Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
02/02/2020
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

We are appointed to many children forcibly separated from their parents due to the Remain in Mexico program. Each child's story is unique, but there's one common thread: the trauma is visceral and undeniable.

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the fate of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. ...
11/11/2019
Opinion | What abolishing DACA would mean for thousands of admirable ‘dreamers’

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the fate of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
From Donald Graham of the Washington Post, "No group of people ever relied on the word of their government more than the dreamers relied on DACA. They invested their money, their time, their boundless energy to do the things DACA made possible: to go to college, to find meaningful work."
#SaveDACA #DreamActNow #HomerisHere

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-abolishing-daca-would-mean-for-thousands-of-admirable-dreamers/2019/11/08/cf2dca26-fbf3-11e9-ac8c-8eced29ca6ef_story.html

I pray that the Supreme Court won’t do something hideous to these young people.

Happening today at Loyola School of Law, "Trauma at the Border and Beyond: Advocating For Unaccompanied Immigrant Childr...
11/01/2019
Trauma at the Border and Beyond: School of Law: Loyola University Chicago

Happening today at Loyola School of Law, "Trauma at the Border and Beyond: Advocating For Unaccompanied Immigrant Children". Join us!
https://www.luc.edu/law/events/trauma-at-the-border-and-beyond/

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUMThis symposium will explore many of the current issues surrounding immigration as it relates to children and youth. Distinguished speakers will discuss the challenges unaccompanied immigrant children face in the legal system, as well as the legal and ethical issues related to repr...

10/15/2019
Youth Leaders in Climate Crisis: Greta Thunburg and Tokata Iron Eyes

Let us all "change our mindsets" to respect indigenous land, culture, our earth, and nature. Tokata Iron Eyes, and other youth climate crisis leaders will be at Loyola University Chicago in March 2020 for our annual Climate Change Conference! Stay tuned for more information!

Go to Lakotalaw.org/kxl to send a letter to your representative demanding a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline.

"The book contains contact information and lists the services offered by some 30 Dallas-area nonprofits. Groups like the...
10/11/2019
These Dallas kids designed a coloring guidebook for immigrants, refugees new to the city

"The book contains contact information and lists the services offered by some 30 Dallas-area nonprofits. Groups like the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and Refugee Services of Texas are featured in the book. City services are also included. The book also features works from local poets"

Chatter bounced off the colorful walls of the Sam Tasby Middle School cafeteria.College banners of universities like Rice, Duke and Dartmouth hung...

CHRC Child Trafficking Coordinator and attorney, Chlece Neal, at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, preparing for her pre...
10/01/2019

CHRC Child Trafficking Coordinator and attorney, Chlece Neal, at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, preparing for her presentation “Human Trafficking and Children: What Lawyers Need to Know.” A few take-aways:
1. Both sex and labor trafficking happen to children.
2. Both US citizen and non-US citizen children can be victims of human trafficking.
3. Lawyers can protect the rights of trafficked children in various legal proceedings.

Global Climate Strike #FridaysforFutureLet's listen to children and youth!
09/27/2019

Global Climate Strike #FridaysforFuture
Let's listen to children and youth!

Incredible pictures from the #climatestrike around the world! Millions are marching today again!! THIS is Torino, Italy!! #fridaysforfuture

CHRC Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts, at UN headquarters today participating in a special convening to celebrate the 30...
09/26/2019

CHRC Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts, at UN headquarters today participating in a special convening to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. ‘We can not create a sustainable future unless we invest in children.’ #[email protected]

Global climate strike in action!
09/20/2019
Massive crowd marches toward Federal Plaza as part of global climate strike

Global climate strike in action!

CHICAGO — Climate activists are taking part in a global general strike on Friday in what is expected to be the biggest day of climate demonstrations in the planet's history. Some of the first protests were held in Australia and organizers have said "well over" 300,000 people gathered at more than ...

Youth climate strike! #fridaysForfuture
09/20/2019

Youth climate strike! #fridaysForfuture

Over 50’000 in #Hamburg according to early reports #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike

Children have the right to freedom of expression just like adults. They also have the right to freedom of association an...
09/18/2019
Greta Thunberg is leading kids and adults from 150 countries in a massive Friday climate strike

Children have the right to freedom of expression just like adults. They also have the right to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly. These rights unquestionably include the right to speak out and protest. Restrictions placed on the ability of children to exercise these rights interferes with the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which upholds the human rights of everyone under the age of 18.

The international protest will come ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit.

08/30/2019
Women Adventurers

Women Adventurers

It's not every day a 16-year-old sails across the Atlantic to help save our planet.

You can watch the live stream of Greta Thunberg sailing into New York Harbor right now through TIME: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU53A3Fy2N8

She'll be in the lead boat in the Flotilla. ⛵️

Educators issue a a joint statement on the profound, harmful impact of immigration raids on children: ‘The National Educ...
08/09/2019
U.S. defends secretive Mississippi ICE raids as local, state officials decry effect on children

Educators issue a a joint statement on the profound, harmful impact of immigration raids on children: ‘The National Education Association and the Mississippi Association of Educators condemned the raids, saying they were “causing chaos and separating families” during the first week of the school year.
“The trauma these students are enduring is inconceivable,” the statement said. “The effect the raids will have on their long-term mental and emotional health is profound.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/beta.washingtonpost.com/national/us-defends-secretive-miss-ice-raids-as-local-state-officials-decry-effect-on-children/2019/08/08/485d6240-ba21-11e9-b3b4-2bb69e8c4e39_story.html%3foutputType=amp

Authorities call raids that netted 680 undocumented workers a success.

Women Hold Up Half The Sky
08/01/2019

Women Hold Up Half The Sky

‪This image of 84-year-old primatologist and conservation expert Jane Goodall and 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who just gave a fiery speech at Davos, makes me want to cry. The connection, mutual admiration, and quiet determination in their eyes is just beautiful.‬ ❤️

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About the Center for the Human Rights of Children

Children suffer human rights abuses disproportionately due to their age and developmental capacity. It is estimated that over 20 million people are trafficked for labor or sexual exploitation throughout the world, including the United States, with women and children comprising the majority of victims. Climate change and environmental toxins have disproportionate health impacts on children, which include poor health outcomes and learning disabilities. Children are increasingly displaced from their homes by violence, crime, orphan hood, discrimination, conflict, and environmental disasters, among other reasons.

Recognizing that children require special protections due to their vulnerabilities, the Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC), a University Center of Excellence, was established in 2007 to pursue an agenda of interdisciplinary research, outreach and education, and advocacy to address critical and complex issues affecting children and youth, both locally and globally. The CHRC applies a human-rights approach to the problems affecting children, reaffirming the recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family, including children, is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Moreover, it does so with respect for the rights and responsibilities of parents, teachers, and other caregivers entrusted with raising children.

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The mission of Loyola's Center for the Human Rights of Children is to advance and protect the rights of children.

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