Young Center for Immigrant Childrens Rights

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

Young Center Helps Secure Victory for Teenager Facing Unsafe Repatriation

Law Clinic Students at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Help Secure Victory for Teenager Facing Unsafe Repatriation
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
April 16, 2014

Until February 28, 2014, Leslie, a sixteen-year-old girl residing in California, faced deportation to Mexico because the Superior Court of Orange County refused to find that deportation was contrary to her best interests—a necessary finding to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), a form of immigration relief for children who were abused, neglected, or abandoned by a parent.

Young Center's Jennifer Nagda Testifies in Civil Society Consultation with U.S. Government on Access to Justice

Civil Society Consultation with the U.S. Government on Access to Justice
American University Washington College of Law
April 1, 2014

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was established by the UN General Assembly as a process through which the human rights records of the United Nations’ Member States could be reviewed and assessed by the UN Human Rights Council. The United States is scheduled to participate in its next review in early 2015.

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Maria Woltjen Talks to WBEZ's Morning Shift about Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

New report draws attention to needs of immigrant children
WBEZ
The Morning Shift
March 4, 2014

The Migration Policy Institute released a report last week emphasizing the importance of assigning child advocates for young immigrants arriving in the U.S. without parents or guardians.

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen

Young Center's Mission Endorsed by National Report

National Report Calls for Independent Child Advocates for all Unaccompanied Children Immigrants
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
February 27, 2014

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today announced the release of a national report recommending that independent Child Advocates be appointed for all unaccompanied immigrant children. The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School is the only program in the nation providing Child Advocates for immigrant children.

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen

Marcy Phillips

Lecturer in Law and Staff Attorney, The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

Marcy Phillips is a Staff Attorney at the Young Center for Immigration Children's Rights. Before joining the Young Center, Marcy worked as an Assistant Public Defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts, and as a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School's Consumer Law Litigation Clinic.

Elizabeth Frankel Featured in Teach for America's Alumni Magazine

Out of the Shadows
One Day
December 19, 2013

Elizabeth Frankel, Associate Director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, was featured in One Day, the Teach for America alumni magazine.

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