Young Center for Immigrant Childrens Rights

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.

Audrey Gilliam, '12, Earns Prestigious Public Interest Fellowship

Meredith Heagney
Law School Office of Communications
December 12, 2013

Audrey Gilliam, ’12, wanted to be a Skadden Fellow so she could help people like “Janelle,” an 18-year-old client of the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in Chicago. From ages 8 to 16, Janelle was enslaved in a suburban home, forced to cook and clean and denied an education.

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen
Faculty: 
Susan J. Curry

Maria Woltjen to Be Honored with Ruth Goldman Award by American Constitution Society

Maria Woltjen, Chicago Legal Legend!
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
July 17, 2013

Maria Woltjen, Director of The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School, will be honored with the Ruth Goldman Award given by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy on Thursday, July 18, at the ACS Legal Legends Luncheon.

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen

Young Center's Maria Woltjen to be Honored at ACS Legal Legends Luncheon

July 1, 2013

Maria Woltjen, director of The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights at the Law School, will be honored with the 2013 Ruth Goldman Award on July 18 at the American Constitution Society Chicago Lawyer Chapter's Legal Legends Luncheon.

Maria Woltjen on Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth on WBEZ's 'The Afternoon Shift'

Number of unaccompanied immigrant youth coming to U.S. rises
WBEZ
The Afternoon Shift
June 4, 2013

Illegal border crossings into the U.S. have been in decline overall, but the number of children seized by border control has nearly tripled in recent years. Many unaccompanied children end up in Chicago, where agencies are scrambling to handle the load.

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen

Maria Woltjen Discusses Rise in Unaccompanied Minor Migrants on WBEZ

Sharp rise in young, unaccompanied illegal immigrants tests U.S.
Odette Yousef
WBEZ
June 4, 2013

An often-forgotten fact in the immigration debate is that lately, illegal border crossings to the U.S. have stagnated. Except that’s not the case for one category of immigrants: unaccompanied children.  In just the last couple of years, the number of minors apprehended by U.S.

Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen
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