9th Annual Brieland Visiting Scholar Lecture

Child Trafficking: A Call to Action

Monday, November 9, 2015
School of Social Work, Room 2015
4:00 p.m.
Reception to follow
Free event, open to the public

Human trafficking is a violation of the dignity of mind, body, and spirit.  Children, due to their age and development, are extremely vulnerable to this heinous crime. Survivors of human trafficking, however, are also incredibly resilient. This lecture will address the historical development of the statutory framework for our modern anti-trafficking laws, an overview of existing policies and interventions affecting children, and a call for a broader, human rights framework to empower survivors and prevent the trafficking of children in the United States.

Guest Lecturer: Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. The Center advances efforts of the Loyola University community to understand and protect the human rights of children utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Prior to joining Loyola, Ms. Kaufka Walts served as the Executive Director of the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA), where she developed projects in the US and abroad, including the first program to develop the capacity of child welfare system to better respond to child trafficking and exploitation cases. Prior to IOFA, Ms. Kaufka Walts managed the Counter-Human Trafficking project at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, where she worked with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on single and multiple-victim sex and labor trafficking cases, and successfully represented victims of human trafficking (children and adults) in the United States within both immigration and criminal justice proceedings.

Ms. Kaufka Walt’s experience in the human trafficking field includes teaching, research, direct services via legal representation, advocacy, technical assistance and training, non-profit administration, consulting, law and policy, and writing and publication. Ms. Kaufka Walts has provided expert testimony to local, national, and international governmental bodies. She was an appointed member of the American Bar Association’s Human Trafficking Task Force (2013-14) is currently an appointed member of the American Bar Association’s the Commission on Youth at Risk (2012-15). She developed the first interdisciplinary course on child trafficking and exploitation in the country, currently offered at Loyola University Schools of Law and Social Work. Her publications include and T Nonimmigrant Visa and Protection and Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking, A Practitioner’s Guide (Immigration Briefings, September 2006) and Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking handbook (Loyola University Chicago, 2011), “Understanding Child Trafficking in the United States: A Review of Current Policies, Research, and Issues Facing Survivors” (book chapter), Victims of Crime, 4th Edition, Sage Publications. (2012), “An Introduction to Child Trafficking in the United States,” (American Bar Association, Children’s Rights Litigation Section, 2012) the research study, Legal Services Assessment for Child Trafficking Victims (2013). She received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.A and B.S. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Contact information

Katherine Kaufka Walts
Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children
Loyola University Chicago