Young Center for Immigrant Childrens Rights

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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Full report (PDF)

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.

Lunch hosted by The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights Clinic

Date: 
10.02.2014
Location: 
Room E
Contact info (email or phone): 

Elizabeth Frankel - efrankel@law.uchicago.edu 

Please join us for lunch with the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

Thursday, October 2 at 12:15pm, Room E

Pizza will be served.

This is an exciting time to join the Young Center clinic. This year, the government is predicting that 70,000 unaccompanied immigrant children will be apprehended at the U.S.

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen
Faculty: 
Elizabeth Frankel
Faculty: 
Jajah Wu
Faculty: 
Marcy Phillips

Migrant Children: Causes and Consequences

Date: 
10.30.2014
Location: 
Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Contact info (email or phone): 

312.726.3860

Some 90,000 children are expected to arrive in the United States in 2014, fleeing escalating violence in Central America. Debate as to whether these unaccompanied minors represent a humanitarian crisis or a border security challenge has dominated headlines for months, and policymakers continue to grapple with how to respond.

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen

Woltjen on WBEZ's Morning Shift Discussing Immigrant Children

What is the true state of unaccompanied minors?
Tony Sarabia
The Morning Shift, WBEZ
July 9, 2014

From the WBEZ Morning Shift website: 

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen

Woltjen: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children are Most Vulnerable

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children are Most Vulnerable
Maria Woltjen
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2014

With a suddenness that has caught even the most seasoned unaware, waves of children from Central America are crossing the border. Most of them are on their own., without their parents, so many that the President has declared it an “urgent humanitarian situation.”   

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen

Oak Park Journal Profiles Young Center's Maria Woltjen

Oak Park advocate for immigrant children, alone in America
Deb Quantock McCarey
OakPark.com
May 13, 2014

In the trenches of the fight for U.S. immigration reform is Oak Parker Maria Woltjen.

With a dedicated staff of about 80 volunteer bi-lingual guardians ad litem (Child Advocates), she is fervently standing up as the federal immigration system for the best interests of a rapidly growing group of unaccompanied immigrant children.  

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen

Chicago Reader on Young Center's Benefit

Help the U. of C.'s Young Center help immigrant children
Aimee Levitt
Chicago Reader
April 22, 2014

On Sunday, the New York Times ran the chilling story of Noemi Álvarez Quillay, a 12-year-old girl who attempted, twice, to travel alone and without papers from her home in the southern highlands of Ecuador to j

Faculty: 
Jajah Wu
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