Young Center for Immigrant Childrens Rights

Kelly Albinak Kribs

Lecturer in Law and Immigrant Child Rights Fellow, Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

Kelly Albinak Kribs is the Immigrant Child Rights Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Young Center’s Chicago office.  Ms. Kribs graduated with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as Child Advocate and Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow with the Young Center.  Thereafter, Ms. Kribs clerked for the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer of the U.S.

Young Center Releases Framework for Considering the Best Interests of Unaccompanied Children

Report Details Framework For Protecting Interests of Unaccompanied Children
MacArthur Foundation
May 26, 2016

The MacArthur-supported report lays out agency-specific recommendations to ensure every decision about a child accounts for the potential impact on the child’s safety and well-being.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School proposed a Framework for Considering the Best Interests of Unaccompanied Children, which offers recommendations for incorporating unaccompanied migrant children’s best interests into all decisions and proceedings under immigration law.

Young Center Releases “Framework for Considering the Best Interests of Unaccompanied Children”

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
May 26, 2016

On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School released the Framework for Considering the Best Interests of Unaccompanied Children, the result of a multi-year dialogue between federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen
Faculty: 
Marcy Phillips

U.S. GAO Concludes the Expansion of the Young Center’s Child Advocate Program Should Continue in Order to Keep Pace with the Increasing Number of Vulnerable Immigrant Children

April 22, 2016

Over the past two years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children fleeing to the U.S. from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Young Center’s Call for Best Interests Standard a “Big Idea” for Children

Law School Communications
March 16, 2015

The Young Center’s call for the implementation of a “best interests of the child” standard for children in immigration proceedings was selected as one of the 14 innovative ideas for the publication in Pioneering Change: Innovative Ideas for Children and Families 2015.

On March 11, 2015, First Focus—a national, highly-regarded and bipartisan advocacy organization for children and families—published Pioneering Change: Innovative Ideas for Children and Families 2015.

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen

Maria Woltjen on Immigration Reform in Report to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Civil Rights Implications of Comprehensive Immigration Reform on Illinois’ Immigrant Communities
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
January 15, 2015

In a report of the Illinois State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Maria Woltjen voiced concerns regarding child welfare protections.

In a report of the Illinois State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Maria Woltjen is heavily quoted as an expert on child welfare protections. From the report, titled Civil Rights Implications of Comprehensive Immigration Reform on Illinois’ Immigrant Communities:

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Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights -- Significant Achievements

December 2, 2014

Case Victories

Over the course of the past year, the Young Center’s clinic students were appointed to serve as Child Advocate for 39 children from countries all over the world, including Albania, Cameroon, China, Ghana, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nigeria, Romania, and Somalia.

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