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. 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.

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CHRC Associate Director Sarah Diaz and CHRC Legal Scholar Malachy Schrobilgen publish an interdisciplinary call to actio...
06/11/2021
Edition 30 - The Role of Public Health in the Rule of Law: The Cautionary Tale of Title 42 Expulsions - Harvard Public Health Review: A Peer-Reviewed Journal

CHRC Associate Director Sarah Diaz and CHRC Legal Scholar Malachy Schrobilgen publish an interdisciplinary call to action to protect the human rights of migrant children.

The Role of Public Health in the Rule of Law: The Cautionary Tale of Title 42 Expulsions By Sarah J. Diaz, J.D., LL.M., Malachy Schrobilgen (2L) Citation Diaz S, Schrobilgen M. The role of public health in the rule of law: The cautionary tale of title 42 expulsions. Harvard Public Health Review. 202...

04/29/2021
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Last week, the CHRC, with the support of its signatories, AO Advocating Opportunity, International Rescue Committee, Refugees International, Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, and Freedom Network USA submitted a report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences. The report addresses child labor trafficking and child forced criminality in the U.S., specifically the extent to which organized crime is involved in these forms of slavery and the challenges faced by victims in obtaining assistance in the U.S. The submission will be used to inform the Special Rapporteur’s report before the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.

“Too often children who are victims of forced labor or forced criminality do not receive the protections they deserve and to which they are legally entitled. This report, in line with our Ignatian heritage, calls us to “act upon what is learned,” and advocates for a better response for these children.” – Victoria Frazier (Peggy), CHRC Children’s Legal Rights Scholar

Read the full submission here:https://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/law/pdfs/chrc_%20organizedcrime__april21.pdf

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04/16/2021

Loyola Law students and faculty from the Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC) and the Immigrant Rights Coalition joined a meeting with Clarisol Duque, Illinois Chief of Staff for Senator Dick Durbin. The conversation, led by CHRC law students, covered the future of immigration legislation including the DREAM Act and other bills related to the rights of migrant children and families.

"Ms. Duque discussed the current state of immigration reform efforts, the legislative and political obstacles to comprehensive immigration reform, and the need for continued advocacy to protect the rights of migrant children and families.” - Malachy Schrobilgen (2L) and Jenny Lee (WJD)

Center for the Human Rights of Children 2021 Newsletter - https://mailchi.mp/luc/center-for-the-human-rights-of-children...
03/15/2021
Center for the Human Rights of Children 2021 Newsletter

Center for the Human Rights of Children 2021 Newsletter - https://mailchi.mp/luc/center-for-the-human-rights-of-children-2020-newsletter-3777744

(January 2021) The CHRC joined the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights and national organizations to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in opposition to the Trump administration’s so-called Migrant Protection Protocols ("MPP")/Remain in Mexico policy, which returned asylum s...

CHRC is excited to co-sponsor this important conference emphasizing the rights of children to clean air, water, and envi...
03/12/2021
School of Environmental Sustainability: Loyola University Chicago

CHRC is excited to co-sponsor this important conference emphasizing the rights of children to clean air, water, and environment. Loyola University Chicago Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Spotlighting key moments from our event discussion so you can relive the highlights and take in the information our panel of experts shared with the Loyola community.

Happy Spring! Learn more out our work advancing the rights of children and upcoming events by checking out our Spring Ne...
03/03/2021
Center for the Human Rights of Children 2021 Newsletter

Happy Spring! Learn more out our work advancing the rights of children and upcoming events by checking out our Spring Newsletter! https://mailchi.mp/luc/center-for-the-human-rights-of-children-2020-newsletter-3654496

(January 2021) The CHRC joined the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights and national organizations to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in opposition to the Trump administration’s so-called Migrant Protection Protocols ("MPP")/Remain in Mexico policy, which returned asylum s...

The CHRC is proud to support the collective effort behind Jesuits of Canada and the United States Office of Justice and ...
03/02/2021
Jesuit Network Advocates for Migrant Rights in Report to the United Nations - Jesuits.org

The CHRC is proud to support the collective effort behind Jesuits of Canada and the United States Office of Justice and Ecology's Jesuit Migration Network alongside other organizations advocating to protect migrant children at the border. Several member organizations of the Jesuit Migration Network submitted reports to the United Nations advocating for an end to abhorrent migrant "push-back" policies and decreased militarization at the U.S. borders, and pushing for international policy changes to ensure respect for basic human rights.

"Part of this mission is to act as 'persons for others,' and this could not be more relevant than in the case of advocating for the rights of migrant children who cannot protect themselves against the coercive power of the state." - Malachy Schrobilgen, CHRC Children's Rights Legal Scholar.

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By Caitlin-Marie Ward February 23, 2021 — After fleeing political persecution in Venezuela, two children arrived with their grandparents at the U.S.-Mexico border. They applied for asylum in the U.S., but due to the Migrant Protection Protocols—a policy that forces most asylum applicants to wait...

02/19/2021
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BREAKING: Through this new CDC order, the Biden Administration has taken appropriate action to ensure that migrant children who are traveling alone and seeking protection in the US are not callously returned to grave danger under the Title 42 protocols imposed under the Trump Administration. We urge the Biden Administration to continue its review of Title 42 and to expeditiously determine whether it is, in fact, a necessary response for all migrants during the Covid-19 pandemic.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/pdf/CDCPauseNotice-ExceptfromExpulsion.pdf

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02/11/2021
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This month, Loyola University Chicago School of Law's CHRC submitted Recommendations to the U.S. Department of State in contribution to their 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report.

"We are grateful to have the opportunity to submit recommendations to the State Department on how the United States government can improve efforts to address child trafficking in the United States. Children are uniquely vulnerable to human trafficking because of their age, development, and dependency on adults for survival. Research shows that the crime of human trafficking disproportionately affects racial minorities. It is no coincidence racial minorities also experience more poverty, abuse, and limited access to health care, all known risk factors for child trafficking. Any measures to prevent child trafficking must include improved access to health care, economic security, and protections from abuse and freedom from violence. The current interpretation of child labor trafficking crimes do not account for the developmental differences between adult and children, and as a result, child labor trafficking victims are not being identified and offered protections they are entitled to. The impact of Covid-19 has only exacerbated these problems, with victims facing heightened barriers to obtaining protections and services." - Katherine Kaufka Walts, CHRC Director

Learn more at:https://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/chrc/pdfs/TIP_CHRC_2021input_final.pdf

#endtrafficking #childprotection

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United Nations experts plead with President Joe Biden to end private detention, including the egregious use of private d...
02/10/2021
OHCHR | US should end use of private, ‘for-profit’ migrant detention centres, say UN experts

United Nations experts plead with President Joe Biden to end private detention, including the egregious use of private detention for migrant children. Migrant detention centers run by the US Government and its contractors repeatedly violate human rights though use of involuntary sterilizations and solitary confinements.

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=26718&LangID=E

GENEVA (4 February 2021) – A group of UN experts* welcomed the US decision to stop using privately run federal prisons and urged the Biden Administration to also end outsourcing of all detention centres, including those holding migrants and asylum seekers. “Ending the reliance on privately run p...

02/04/2021
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This week, the CHRC alongside Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Women's Refugee Commission submitted its report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. The report addresses the Trump Administration’s attacks on asylum and other special protections for migrant children through polices that violate international and domestic law by forcibly returning or expelling migrant children to dangerous conditions or places of persecution without regard for the child’s safety or well-being.

The report will be used to inform the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Read more about the report here:https://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/chrc/pdfs/Press%20Release%20CHRC%20UN%20Report%20Migrant%20Children.pdf

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01/29/2021
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Last week the CHRC joined the Young Center and a coalition of other organizations to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in opposition to the Trump administration’s so-called Migrant Protection Protocols ("MPP")/Remain in Mexico policies focusing on its harm to children.

The Biden-Harris administration suspended new enrollments in MPP; however, thousands of families and children remain in MPP, stranded and forced to brave threats of violence and dangerous conditions in Mexico in order to pursue their asylum claims. The amicus brief shares the stories of asylum-seeking children and families and urges that more action is necessary to protect them.

“Children, regardless of their nationality or immigration status, have universally defined rights, including a right to family, a right to safety and a right to be free from violence. MPP is a clear example of U.S. immigration policy violating these rights and causing harm to children,” said Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago.
https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-1212/167044/20210122180800456_19-1212%20Amici%20Curiae.pdf

Loyola University Chicago School of Law; Loyola University Chicago; Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights; Kids in Need of Defense (KIND); Children's Defense Fund; First Focus on Children; Save the Children Action Network; Save the Children US; Angry Tias and Abuelas of the RGV; and Milbank LLP

Sarah Diaz, CHRC Associate Director, speaks about her recently published article on thinking creatively about using inte...
11/19/2020
Thinking Creatively about Using the Hague Convention to Combat Family Separation | Blog: Think Immigration

Sarah Diaz, CHRC Associate Director, speaks about her recently published article on thinking creatively about using international law to address family separation of migrant families at the border. American Immigration Lawyers Association Loyola University Chicago School of Law Civitas ChildLaw Center See https://thinkimmigration.org/blog/2020/11/18/thinking-creatively-about-using-the-hague-convention-to-combat-family-separation/

Thinking Creatively about Using the Hague Convention to Combat Family Separation Posted by Sarah Diaz and Danielle Polen | Nov 18, 2020 AILA Law Journal author Sarah Diaz recently answered questions posed by AILA Editorial Director Danielle Polen in a short video in which she talks a bit about the p...

This week, the Center for the Human Rights of Children and the American Immigration Council filed a lawsuit against US C...
10/30/2020
Lawsuit Demands Records on the Treatment of Migrant Children at the Border During COVID-19 Pandemic

This week, the Center for the Human Rights of Children and the American Immigration Council filed a lawsuit against US Customs & Border Protection to demand records related to reports of unlawful detention, expulsion and deportation of unaccompanied migrant children in the United States. “If the United States values human rights, then the human rights of every child—including migrant children—should be fully respected, protected, and fulfilled," said Katherine Kaufka Walts, director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/news/lawsuit-demands-records-treatment-migrant-children-border-during-covid-19-pandemic

Children and immigration advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois against CBP requesting information about the agency’s implementation of the CDC rule suspending people from entering the United States due to the COVID 19 pandemic and its specific impact on unaccompanied...

09/24/2020

So proud of Loyola Law students and their work advocating for detained immigrants. The students participating in the Immigrant Detention Project in Arizona and Chicago gave all they had over their spring break to protect due process, the rule of law, and the rights of children. Thank you to the Immigrants' Rights Coalition (IRC) at Loyola Law, Immigration Detention Project Faculty- Judge Beatriz Sandoval, Judge Jenni Giambastiani, and Sarah J. Diaz, JD, LLM, and all who helped lead and support this initiative.

"During the first week of March, before the COVID-19 pandemic began to restrict person-to-person contact in the United States, 11 Loyola law students spent their spring break volunteering to assist immigrants being held in detention centers in Arizona. The social justice experience will have a lasting effect on their law careers and on the lives of the people they helped."

09/10/2020

No filters 😭 This is our immigrant community working under the worst air conditions providing this country food on their table. #Gracias 💯

09/08/2020
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A CDC order has been used to justify expulsion of vulnerable, unaccompanied children from the US. This is an unprecedented use of a public health agency to contravene statutory protections for migrant children in the United States. The Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, the American Immigration Council and the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics have filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the US government to identify information sources used to justify this action. Seehttps://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/chrc/pdfs/CHRC-AIC-ICAAP%20FOIA%20Press%20Release%20Final%20Draft.pdf

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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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