Deadly Consequences of “Business As Usual” and Immigration Enforcement

April 3rd, 2020

Life continues as usual for the 38,000 immigrants who are detained in the US, including approximately 7,000 children. It’s important to remember — these individuals are not serving time for a crime. Instead, they are waiting for a hearing to determine whether they can legally remain in the country under civil proceedings.

American Indians in Illinois and ICWA; Changing the Course

October 28th, 2019

Illinois has been home to native people for centuries. Yet, beginning with European settlement and continuing with modern day mistreatment these groups have been so thoroughly displaced and disregarded that reference to them in Illinois is generally limited to museums, historic sites, and college mascots.             Illinois takes its name from the group of native […]

Forgotten Girl Soldiers

February 12th, 2019

Red Hand Day, also known as International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, is held annually on February 12th to draw attention to the issue and encourage the end of the use of children for military purposes. The campaign creates a call to action for world leaders and countries requesting the prohibition of the […]

A Quest for Equity: Shifting Civil Rights to Human Rights

January 25th, 2019

Recently, the world celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, activist, minister, and one of the most visible leaders of the United States Civil Rights Movement, attempted to challenge the United States to realize its egalitarian potential by finally affording constitutional rights for its Black citizens. […]

Highlighting Rights of Children Through VAWA Reauthorization

January 10th, 2019

When Congress and the President failed to fund the government, leading to a partial shutdown beginning December 22, 2018, they also neglected to sign a bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), resulting in its expiration. The law that expired included grant programs such as the Consolidated Youth Program (CYP), which provided advocacy, […]

Universal Children’s Day 2018

Universal Children’s Day 2018

November 20th, 2018

Universal Children’s Day, celebrated annually on November 20th, commemorates the date when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is universally recognized as the most far-reaching human […]

Educate a Girl, Change the World

Educate a Girl, Change the World

October 10th, 2018

Over 130 million girls worldwide are currently being denied an education. While the Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes the right to an education for all children, the girl child is often denied this right due to poverty, discrimination, violence, and cultural practices. October 11th marks International Day of the Girl Child. The […]

Understanding the Republican Morality Gap in Dealing with the Children of Undocumented Immigrants at the Border

Understanding the Republican Morality Gap in Dealing with the Children of Undocumented Immigrants at the Border

June 15th, 2018

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 […]

Addressing Substandard Housing in Chicago

May 29th, 2018

June is National Healthy Homes month and a perfect time to think about how substandard housing impacts the health and well-being of children and to reflect on a strategy for addressing substandard housing in our community. Millions of families throughout the nation struggle to secure safe, healthy and affordable housing. This is especially true for […]

Protections for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth at US Schools: A Children’s Rights Perspective

May 17th, 2018

May 13th marked the two-year anniversary of the “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students” (2016) sent by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to schools across the United States. The letter summarized the protections Title IX offers to transgender students by prohibiting discrimination based on a student’s gender identity […]