Woltjen is the founder and Executive Director of The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School. The Young Center’s primary work is to advocate for the safety and well-being of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children. Woltjen’s focus is on reforming the immigration system—in which children are treated as adults—into a justice system that recognizes children as children, with rights and protection needs all their own.
“Ms. Woltjen’s work is timely and impactful, and her mission of social justice resonates with the Northeastern Illinois University community,” University President Gloria J. Gibson said. “Our University is home to large number of students, faculty and staff who are immigrants and refugees, or have worked closely with immigrants and refugees. Ms. Woltjen’s efforts to protect children and fight for their rights mirrors what we strive to do at Northeastern—give youth, no matter where they come from, the opportunity to succeed.”
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