Young Center for Immigrant Childrens Rights

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

Room E
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Elizabeth Frankel - 

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.

Maria Woltjen
Jajah Wu
Marcy Phillips

Migrant Children: Causes and Consequences

Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
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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.

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: 

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.”   

Maria Woltjen

Oak Park Journal Profiles Young Center's Maria Woltjen

Oak Park advocate for immigrant children, alone in America
Deb Quantock McCarey
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.  

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

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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