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Maria Woltjen : Presentations

Scheduled: “Rights Based Advocacy for Unaccompanied and Separated Children” (Speaker) University of Sydney, Australia, November 28, 2012.

“The Rights of Children in the Context of International Migration” (Panelist)
Growing up Undocumented in America
, October 12, 2012, Loyola University School of Law

“Sale of Children for Labor” (Speaker) Presentation to UNHCR Committee on the Rights of the Child, in Geneva Switzerland, June 18, 2012.

“Sex Trafficking from Boardroom to Classroom: Prevention, Intervention & Prosecution” (Moderator) American Bar Association Section of International Law-International Human Rights Committee Human Trafficking Series, Chicago Program, January 10, 2012

“Plenary Panel: Case Studies and Collaboration” (Panelist)
Protecting Children’s Rights Through Multidisciplinary Forensics
November 4, 2011, Loyola University School of Law

“No Opting Out: the Trafficking of Chinese Children for Labor” (Speaker)
Cook County Trafficking Conference
August 24, 2011, Loyola University of Law

“Street Level View of U.S. v. Arizona” (Panelist)
April 8, 2011, University of Chicago Law School

“Competency Issues for Immigrant Children” (Moderator and Speaker)
On Their Own: the 5th Annual Conference on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

December 9, 2010, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

“Trafficking of Chinese Children for Labor” (Panelist)
National Conference: Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Children and Youth in the United States

September 23, 2010, Loyola University of Law

“Best Interest Determinations: Current Tools and Applications” (Panelist)
Practical Considerations: The Nexus of Social Work and Law in International Child Welfare

October 31, 2009. International Social Services USA, Baltimore, MD

“The Immigrant Child Advocacy Project: Guardians ad litem for Unaccompanied Children”
September 14, 2009. Presentation to Chief Judge and Staff of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Falls Church, VA

“Utilizing UNHCR BID Guidelines: BID Panels for Cases in U.S. Immigration System”
On Their Own 2009 Conference

October 8, 2009. National Center for Refugee & Immigrant Children, Washington, DC

“House of Secrets: Unraveling the Stories of Immigrant Children in Detention”
February 17, 2009. Society for Asylum and Immigration Law, DePaul Law School, Chicago, IL

“Legal Service Models for Children” (Panelist)
Unaccompanied Children Pro Bono Project 2008 Annual Conference

December 8, 2008. Vera Institute of Justice, Scottsdale, AZ

“Making the Guidelines on Determining the Best Interests of the Child Operational” (Panelist)
Conference on the Protection of Unaccompanied and Separated Children

October 23, 2008. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

“Immigrant Children in the United States” The Human Toll of a Broken System: Current Immigration Policy and its Impact on Families, Youth, and Agencies
October 16, 2009. Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families, Chicago, IL

“Immigrant and Refugee Children Alone in the US: Case Work Issues and the Law” (Panelist)
September 27, 2008. Loyola University, Chicago IL

“Child Advocacy for Immigrant Children” Crossroads: Addressing the Humans Services Needs of the Immigrant and Migrant Populations (IBM International Social Services Forum)
September 17, 2008. W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Washington DC

“Human Rights Issues and the Innocent: The Challenges Faced by Immigrant and Refugee Children”  Dean’s International Council Meeting
May 9, 2008, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Chicago, IL

“Public Policy, Advocacy, and Fundraising for Local Nonprofits: The Experience of Immigrant Integration Organizations in Chicago” (Roundtable Participant)
May 7, 2008. Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago IL

“Immigration Relief for Immigrant Children”
May 6, 2008.  Presentation at Cook County Juvenile Court, Chicago IL

“Trafficking Trends” (Panelist)
Freedom Network Conference

April 24, 2008. Freedom Network USA, Atlanta, GA

“Toward Safe Repatriation” (Panelist and Moderator)
On Their Own: Protecting the Rights of Immigrant Children

April 4, 2008. Third Annual National Conference on Immigrant Children, Chicago, IL

“Advanced Legal Issues on the Intersection of Immigration and Child Welfare Law” (Panelist)
Second National Forum on the Intersection of Immigration and Child Welfare

April 1, 2008. Chicago, IL

“Myth v. Fact: Illegal Immigrants are ‘Freeloading’ on American Taxpayer Dollars to Support Their Families.” (Panelist) Public Interest Law Review Symposium
January 29, 2008. Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, IL

“House of Secrets: Unraveling the Stories of Immigrant Children in Detention”
November 30, 2007. Harvard Immigration Project, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

“Immigration Reform: Best Interests for Immigrant Children” (Panelist)
October 16, 2007. Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL

“Building the Movement to Help Unaccompanied Immigrant Children” (Plenary Panelist)
On Their Own: The Second Annual Conference on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

May 17, 2007. Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Miami, FL

“Children in Detention” (Panelist)
2007 Detention Watch Network Conference

April 28, 2007. Detention Watch Network, Washington, DC

“Issues and Remedies for Immigrant Children” (Panel Coordinator and Panelist)
Legal Protections for Battered Immigrants

November 16, 2006. Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, Chicago, IL

“In the Best Interests of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children” (Panelist)
Migration, A Critical Issue for Child Welfare: A Transnational Research and Policy Forum
July 24, 2006. American Humane Association & Loyola University, Chicago, IL

“Mental Health Issues and Concerns” (Panel Moderator)
Unaccompanied Children Pro Bono Outreach Program Annual Gathering

June 19, 2006. Vera Institute for Justice, San Antonio, TX

“Ethical Challenges and the Role of Guardians in Representing Child Clients” (Panelist)
Non-Citizen Children on their Own: Bi-national Conference on Procedures, Protections & Due Process for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
April 22, 2006. University of Texas El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, TX

“Who Speaks for the Child? Deciphering Relationships in the Representation of Unaccompanied Children” (Teleconference Panelist)
April 13, 2006. American Immigration Lawyers’ Association

“Best Practices for Working with Children and Youth in Criminal Cases” (Panel Moderator)
Fourth Annual Freedom Network Conference

March 15, 2006. Freedom Network USA, Chicago, IL

"Best Interests for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in the United States." Psychology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, April 2005.

"Report on Guardian ad Litem Program for Unaccompanied and Separated Immigrant Children in the United States." Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, April 2005.

"Creating a Guardian ad Litem Program for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children." Conferenc on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, June 2004.

"Facilitating Community Organizing to Combat Lead Poisoning." National Center for Healthy Housing Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 2003.

"Community Efforts to End Lead Poisoning." National Lead Abatement Action Council Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2002.

"Community-University Partnerships to Eliminate Lead Poisoning." National Lead Safe Housing and Environmental Health Conference, Washington, DC, June 2002.

"Interface between the Justice System and Adolescent Pregnancy." Plenary Session, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Conference, Public Health and Education Association Midwest, April 1997.

"Lengthy Pre-Trial Detention of Minors in Appeal Cases." Testimony, State Legislative Committee on Juvenile Justice, February 1995.

"Training the Child Advocate." National Institute of Trial Advocacy, January 1995.

"Advocacy Strategies in Adolescent Health Care." First Annual Statewide Conference on Adolescent Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, November 1994 (panelist).

"Proposed Automatic Transfer Laws." Testimony, Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, April 1994.

"Public Housing Automatic Transfer Law Overrepresentation of Minorities." Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, APril 1994.

"Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Criminal Court." Seventh National Conference on Children and the Law, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Washington, DC, April 1994.

"Proposed Automatic Transfer Laws." Testimony, State of Illinois Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice and Prisoner Review Board, October 1993.

"Transfer of Juveniles Overrepresentation of Minorities in the Juvenile Justice System." Testimony, Solovy Commission, July 1993.