Access to Education Can Prevent Child Trafficking

May 8th, 2017

Over my past year as a CHRC Graduate Scholar, I have been exposed to the shocking reality that modern day forms child slavery and trafficking not only persist, but are also deeply entrenched in certain cultural practices around the world. As part of my own research on the topic, I came across an ABC report […]


Deportations Hurt Children’s Mental and Emotional Health

Deportations Hurt Children’s Mental and Emotional Health

April 13th, 2017

A 2014 article published by the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism tells the story of eleven year old Fanta Fofana, a Senegalese-American child from the Bronx, who woke up to Immigration Customs Enforcement in her apartment. In the midst of chaos and commotion, her father was detained. Fofana, and her five siblings […]


Improving the US Response to Child Trafficking

January 3rd, 2017

Earlier this month, I participated in the Pre-session on the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography – a forum to listen and respond to the Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding the US’s performance in its treaty obligations. It was humbling to be permitted to speak on […]


All Refugee Children Have the Right to an Education

November 8th, 2016

Approximately 3.7 million of the world’s refugee children are currently not in school. While all children have a right to an education, refugee children are five times less likely to have access to a basic education than their peers. As a result, these children – who face constant threats to their physical and emotional health […]


The Complexities of Girls’ Involvement with Armed Forces and Groups

October 10th, 2016

October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, which the United Nations established in 2011 to “galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It is a day when we, as global citizens, should come together to highlight, discuss, and […]


Undocumented Students and the Pursuit of College, by Jaye Hobart

Undocumented Students and the Pursuit of College, by Jaye Hobart

June 1st, 2016

Preventing undocumented students from receiving federal financial aid not only hurts the students, it hurts American society.  Annually, an estimated 65,000 undocumented students who obtain a high school diploma are eligible to pursue higher education.  Unfortunately, many of these students do not pursue higher education.  A potential explanation for this is that the cost of […]


Illinois: Failing in its Duty and Failing its Children

April 12th, 2016

Illinois’ elected officials are failing in their basic and, arguably, most important responsibility: passing a balanced state budget. Its failure to do so is causing increasing harm to its most vulnerable citizens—children. On March 15, Youth Service Project (YSP), a youth serving organization located in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood for the past 40 years, suspended […]


The Cognitive and Mental Health Risks of Child Exposure to Environmental Toxins

March 4th, 2016

After the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan—described recently in another blog by CHRC’s Patrick CoatarPeter—the issue of environmental toxin exposure, disproportionately experienced by underserved communities and individuals of color, has again risen to the public’s attention. The CHRC has identified children’s environmental health, including possible exposures to these toxins, as one of three priority […]


Access to Clean Water – A Human Rights Issue

February 3rd, 2016

Access to clean water is a basic resource for human survival.  Increasingly, however, access to clean water is being compromised around the world.  While the United States is rich in clean water, evidence suggests that some local governments are failing to deliver it equitably to all residents. Ironically, today’s most notable clean water crises are […]


The Role of Businesses in Human Trafficking

The Role of Businesses in Human Trafficking

January 8th, 2016

January 11, 2016 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States, and in 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In his proclamation, he called on assistance of not only traditional players, including national and community organizations and faith-based groups, but also called for businesses […]