These are Children and Families

These are Children and Families

October 22nd, 2015

Last summer, the US experienced an unprecedented surge of migrant children, over 60,000 arrived mostly from Central America’s most dangerous communities, seeking sanctuary and protection in the United States. Our Center had several media outlets pounding at our door. Some of the reporters   asked about the conditions of the home country, and where the […]

U.S. Funding: Anti-Trafficking Efforts Severely Underfunded

U.S. Funding: Anti-Trafficking Efforts Severely Underfunded

April 16th, 2015

  Human trafficking is estimated to be a $150 billion global industry and one of the top three most lucrative crimes. However, current U.S. funding for anti-trafficking programs is about $112.1 million. These programs fund both efforts to prosecute traffickers and to provide services to victims of this heinous crime. The current federal funding allocated […]

The Shame of the United States’ Failure to Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

February 13th, 2015

In January of this year, the government of Somalia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), making it the 195th country to do so. Somalia’s action leaves only the United States and South Sudan remaining in the group of nations who have not yet ratified the CRC in the 26 years since […]

Ending Human Trafficking: Awareness

January 30th, 2015

January is National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month.   Usually viewed as a global issue, most people do not realize that human trafficking is also a critical issue facing the United States. While data on this issue is challenging to obtain, given the secretive nature of human trafficking, experts estimate that millions of people around […]

Upholding the Human Rights of Undocumented Migrant Children

December 2nd, 2014

On Thursday, November 13th, Loyola University Chicago’s Center for the Human Rights of Children hosted a day long teach-in event, The Child Migrant: Children Crossing Borders.1 The purpose of this day-long educational program was to provide Loyola students and the community an opportunity to learn more about this critical children’s rights issue. This event not […]

UN Special Rapporteurs Visit Detroit Regarding Water Shut-Offs

UN Special Rapporteurs Visit Detroit Regarding Water Shut-Offs

October 30th, 2014

In Detroit, MI, water shut-offs have become extremely common in homes due to failure to pay the bill. Over the past several months, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been disconnecting water services from around 3,000 customers per week. These customers are ones who have not paid their water bills in two months. It is estimated at […]

CHRC Responds to Children at the Border

July 23rd, 2014

The US is currently experiencing a humanitarian crisis at the border, with over 50,000 children currently apprehended, and more coming. Families, mostly unaccompanied children, are migrating from Central American and Mexico to the Mexican/US border due to extreme violence, gang related activity, and deprivation. The White House and Congress are currently reviewing options for responding […]

Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

July 15th, 2014

Bloomberg recently published an article on unaccompanied children entering the United States.  The CHRC Director was featured in the article, discussing different solutions to this humanitarian crisis.

CHRC Director on Fox 32 News

July 10th, 2014

On Tuesday, Dane Placko from Fox 32 News, interviewed CHRC Director Katherine Kaufka Walts.  The story on unaccompanied minors traveling to the United States aired on TV on Tuesday night.  Click HERE to watch the interview.

Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

July 2nd, 2014

Combatting Child Trafficking in the United States – Progress and the Road Ahead   Katherine Kaufka Walts Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago   Human trafficking affects more than 20 million men, women, and children worldwide. While much media attention is focused on human trafficking abroad, children are trafficked right […]