By James Garbarino, PhD How can Trump Republicans—like Jeff Sessions and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to cite but two notable examples—justify the cruel and psychologically abusive separation of children from their parents at the US border, simply because those parents crossed into our country seeking asylum as undocumented (“illegal”) immigrants? It’s not principally a matter of […]
Happy Universal Children’s Day!!! Yes, that’s right, November 20th is Universal Children’s Day; a day the UN General Assembly declared in 1954 as a day to “promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving child welfare.” November 20 also has added meaning because on this date the UN adopted two critical documents that promote […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.