Blaming Child’s Parent “Unconscionable”
July 18, 2017

We are “destroying trust in the nation’s child protection framework,” by targeting the parents of immigrant children seeking safety in the United States, says Olivia Golden, the former head of the District of Columbia’s child welfare system. Read her compelling …

Immigration Judges also face broken system
July 13, 2017

In an Op-Ed in the Washington Post, Sarah Sherman-Stokes highlights the increasing burdens and lack of training and support for immigration judges tasked with making the most important decisions about children, parents and families in her Washington Post Op-Ed piece

Uplifting Report on DACA Youth
June 22, 2017

Five years after the DACA program was implemented, a study by Roberto Gonzalez demonstrates how lifting the threat of deportation and providing youth and young adults with opportunities to study and to work lawfully has improved their lives and benefitted …

Juvenile Law Center Calls on Government to Care and Protect All Children
June 13, 2017

On Wednesday, June 14, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will begin review of several bills that would eviscerate the few protections that exist for vulnerable immigrant children seeking protection from traffickers or requesting protection from their persecutors. These proposed changes …

Three Members of Congress Who Understand that Immigration Policies Harm Children
May 31, 2017

Today, three Congresswomen wrote a letter to their colleagues demonstrating how harsh, punitive immigration policies cause real harm to the health and well-being of children.  Read the letter from Congresswomen Roybill-Allard, Napolitano and Jayapal as published in The Hill here

Young Center protests efforts to increase detention of children
May 18, 2017

On May 18, the Young Center joined more than 20 child advocacy organizations in protesting language in House Bill HR2431, which would expand the detention of children in DHS facilities, instead of placing them in protective custody with the Department …

Children’s Defense Fund, Juvenile Law Center, 60 others speak out for immigrant children
May 18, 2017

More than 60 national and state organizations working in the field of child welfare, child development, social work, education and medicine joined a statement of shared principles entitled On This We Can Agree: Children Require Special Care. The five

DHS sends five-year-old boy and his mother back to Honduras despite murder of family members and evidence it was unsafe for child to return:
May 8, 2017

Read more here.…

New Compendium of Facts on Immigrants and Refugees
April 20, 2017

The Center for American Progress just released a compendium of all of the facts on immigrants and refugees in the United States. The 50-page guide covers demographics, facts on immigrants and the economy, state and local laws, updates on interior …

You Don’t Use Children to Send a Message
March 7, 2017

Administration’s Plan to Forcibly Separate Children from their Parents
is Unconscionable: You Don’t Use Children to Send a Message

March 7, 2017—The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, announced on March 6th that his agency is considering …

March 1, 2017

In case you missed our February 10th webinar on the recent Executive Orders and the impact on immigrant children, you can view the recording here. Young Center Policy Director, Jennifer Nagda, and Associate Director, Elizabeth Frankel will walk you through …

Parents are Trying to Keep their Kids Safe
February 23, 2017

In a February 22, 2017 article from ABC News, Young Center Director Maria Woltjen challenged the idea that parents who seek to protect their children from extreme violence by sending them to the United States are trafficking their own children. …

Pediatricians Unite for Immigrant Children
February 15, 2017

Today eight national organizations of pediatricians—physicians and researchers—offered their “renewed resolve to do everything we can to care for and protect immigrant children, refugee children, and all children” and asked the federal government to do the same. Their statement highlights …

Doctors Stand with Immigrant Children
January 27, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a powerful statement calling upon the Administration to protect children, including those seeking safety in the United States. Dr. Fernando Stein, President of the AAP stated, “The Executive Orders signed [January 25, 2017] are …

December 13, 2016

After election results on Nov 8th, we were heartbroken. But heartened. Early in the morning, on the day after the election, donations started trickling in to the Young Center’s website. We were surprised, because we had no fundraising …

You are welcome here!
December 9, 2016

Alex Kotlowitz writes in the New Yorker about federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker’s powerful message of welcome and hope for new citizens. Read the article here.

Here is a full transcript of Judge Barker’s remarks.…

Jenner & Block
December 7, 2016

We have great news! On October 1st the Young Center became its own independent non-profit organization, separating from our parent organization of nearly a decade. Thank you to our Board member, Richard Levy, and an outstanding team of …

We're #WithDACA
November 18, 2016

The Young Center has long known that DACA—a program granting DREAMers the right to work—Is critically important for fostering the talent, contributions and the well-being of young adults who came to the U.S. as children. Today, the Center for American …

Message to Raise Awareness about the Significant Impact of the Presidential Election on Youth Health and Well-Being
November 16, 2016

The Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition and Lurie Children’s Hospital Center for Childhood Resilience disseminated a post-election message to support marginalized youth. It provides guidance that may be helpful in Child Advocate conversations with children, their families, and other stakeholders. It

Jones Day Foundation
November 10, 2016

Thank you to the Jones Day Foundation for its generous grant of $100,000. In October, the Jones Day Foundation awarded the Young Center with a $100,000 grant to go toward assisting children in the U.S. immigration court system. This grant …

Jonathan Todres calls on the President to Protect the Rights of Children
October 6, 2016

Professor Jonathan Todres posted the following call to action on the Bringing Human Rights Home Blog: “Next week is Yom Kippur (Sundown, October 11 to Sundown, October 12), the Day of Atonement on the Jewish calendar. As tradition has it, …

Young Center Calls on President to Protect Central American Children
September 8, 2016

Today the Young Center joined nearly 400 organizations in calling on President Obama to extend temporary protected status (TPS) to particularly vulnerable children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. TPS is a form of humanitarian protection that provides a stay

Winning Asylum is Even Harder for Central Americans who Speak Indigenous Languages
September 2, 2016

“I tried to explain that I would be killed if I went back to Guatemala,” the woman wrote in a translated affidavit prepared by her attorney. “Everyone only spoke Spanish with us. It was very difficult to communicate. No one …

“As Cold As ICE”
August 13, 2016

Attorney and Professor Lauren Gilbert profiles the dangers faced by children and their mothers forced into “expedited removal proceedings” when they come to the United States seeking protection. Read more here.…

The Smuggler's Due
August 12, 2016

“No photos. No notes. No mementos of any kind. Just a long, tearful hug at the airport.” Chen was 14 when he was trafficked. Alex Kotlowitz recounts what happened next.

In memory of Jean Dubinsky Appleton
August 2, 2016

The Young Center would like to acknowledge a recent gift in memory of Jean Dubinsky Appleton. Ms. Appleton lived a meaningful life, participating in some of the most important social and political issues and events of the 20th Century. This …

Not up for running ten miles today? Support someone who is! 
July 27, 2016

On August 6, Elizabeth Frankel, Young Center’s Associate Director, is running a 72-mile relay race, as part of a 7-person team to raise money and awareness for Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Give a shout out to Liz, and

VICTORY: Texas to stop denying US-born, citizen children their full citizenship rights
July 25, 2016

In 2013, Nancy Hernandez gave birth to a baby girl in a hospital in Texas. When she went to the county office to get a birth certificate, officials told Ms. Hernandez, an undocumented Mexican immigrant living in the U.S., that

Dubious? How about Dangerous
July 20, 2016

This week, the New York Times Editorial Board issued a stinging rebuke of the Administration’s detention of children and parents in so-called “family detention centers” where mothers and children (including babies and toddlers) seeking protection from persecution and violence are …

Louis, from Guatemala, living in New York, says he is "the luckiest guy alive"
July 19, 2016

Featured in Humans of New York:

“My parents brought me from Guatemala when I was fourteen. Immigration wasn’t as big of a deal back in the 70’s. When I got to New York, I joined a soccer team with …

9th Circuit to Hear Argument on Whether Immigrant Children Should be Provided Legal Representation
June 28, 2016

Next week in Seattle, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case over the rights of immigrant children to an attorney in deportation proceedings. This case has far-reaching consequences for thousands of immigrant children. Read the full …

GAO finds Young Center Child Advocate Program should Expand to Keep Pace with Number of Children
April 22, 2016

This week the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report on the work of the Young Center for Immigrant Children Rights at the University of Chicago. The Young Center, based at the University of Chicago law school, is the

April 21, 2016

The Staff Attorney position is a unique opportunity for an attorney to engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of children in removal proceedings. The Staff Attorney will draft and submit best interests recommendations in immigration court, before asylum

Huge News for The Young Center: We're Growing!
April 20, 2016

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is thrilled to announce that it has won a new contract to provide Child Advocate services to unaccompanied immigrant children in Chicago, Brownsville (Harlingen), New Jersey/New York, Houston and Washington, DC. Under the

NYT Discusses An Immigrant's Four-Year Fight to Become a Lawyer
February 5, 2016

Five years old when he crossed the border, Cesar Vargas is now a lawyer. At the swearing in, his law professors cried. His mother cried “because the child I took by the hand crossing the border is now a lawyer.” …

Young Center Issues a Statement for Senate Subcommittee Hearing on the Safety of Unaccompanied Children Released from Custody
January 28, 2016

On January 28, 2016, the Young Center submitted a Statement for the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee regarding the safety of unaccompanied children released to sponsors.

Unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children are—first and foremost—children. Whenever possible they should …

Young Center Urges Obama to End Deportation of Children
January 21, 2016

On January 21st, the Young Center and 50 other children’s advocacy organizations sent a letter to President Obama asking him to protect the best interests of immigrant children and end the deportation of families and children. With our …

NYT Calls Raids of Children, Families “Shameful”
January 11, 2016

On January 8, the New York Times editorial board criticized recent efforts to deport children and families fleeing extraordinary violence in Central America. Notably, the editorial recognized that these children and families did not come here “illegally,” but presented themselves …

Young Center opposes alleged plan to deport children and families
January 4, 2016

On December 31, 2015 the Young Center joined more than 160 organizations opposing the administration’s plan to begin deporting children and families—many of whom are eligible for protection in the United States from persecution, abuse and other forms of violence

Board Member Opportunity, The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School
November 5, 2015

Board Member Opportunity, The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School. The Young Center, a dynamic and growing organization, has an opening for a Board Member. Launched in Chicago in 2003, the Young Center

Unsettled Journeys, three-part series in The Baltimore Sun
November 4, 2015

Unsettled Journeys, three-part series in The Baltimore Sun. For millions of refugees, it is a time of harrowing journeys. An estimated 60 million people, including those now risking their lives to get to Europe, flee war and ethnic conflicts in …

James Nachtwey: The Journey of Hope
November 4, 2015

The journey of hope. The world over, children on the move. Syria, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador. Photos by James Nachtwey, Time Magazine.

Jennifer Nagda to speak at Rutgers-Camden Law School, Thursday October 29
October 29, 2015

This Thursday, the Young Center’s Policy Director will join Megan McKenna from KIND to address the policy and advocacy challenges arising from the heightened attention to unaccompanied children seeking protection in the United States. The event is the first in …

Maria Woltjen Speaking at University of Chicago’s 125th Anniversary Celebration on October 21st, Pioneers of the New Social Frontier, at the Chicago History Museum
October 21, 2015

In recognition of the University’s 125th anniversary, SSA presents an event centered on the Abbott sisters: Grace and Edith Abbott, two of the most important figures in American social welfare practice and education. Grace Abbott was the founder of the …

Maria Woltjen Speaking at the University of Chicago Human Rights Conference
October 17, 2015

On Saturday, October 17th, Young Center Executive Director, Maria Woltjen, is speaking at the University of Chicago Human Rights Conference, Human Trafficking, Labor Migration, and Migration Control. The conference will bring together historians, activists, practitioners and …

Report finds family detention damages children’s health and well-being
August 25, 2015

Family detention damages children’s health and well-being. On August 19th, Human Rights First issued a report finding that detention is harmful to children and families. Despite two decisions by the U.S. Disctrict Court Judge Dolly Gee ordering the …

"One Year Later" Blog Series
July 24, 2015

The Migrant Clinician’s Network provides critical medical services to migrant communities, including unaccompanied children. The Network has posted a series of compelling articles about members’ experiences working with vulnerable children on its blog. To learn more, visit:

Young Center Opposes House Bills that Undercut Protections for Immigrant Children
March 5, 2015

Yesterday, the Young Center urged members of the House Judiciary Committee to reject bills that would undercut critical protections for unaccompanied children, many of whom are fleeing irreparable harm. Click here to read our statement.

U.S. delays Obama's immigration steps after judge's rebuke
February 17, 2015

 U.S. delays Obama’s immigration steps after judge’s rebuke

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 …

NY Times: Dealt Setback, Obama Puts Off Immigrant Plan
February 17, 2015

Dealt Setback, Obama Puts Off Immigrant Plan

WASHINGTON — One day before hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants were to begin applying for work permits and legal protection, administration officials on Tuesday postponed President Obama’s sweeping executive actions on …

A Judge Just Ruled to Halt Immigration Executive Action. Here are 5 Things You Should Know.
February 16, 2015

A Judge Just Ruled to Halt Immigration Executive Action. Here are 5 Things You Should Know.

Texas District Court Judge Andrew Hanen provided a ruling on a lawsuit put forward by 26 states and issued an injunction to delay the …

U.S. Immigrant Population by State and County
February 11, 2015

U.S. Immigrant Population by State and County

This map displays the geographic distribution of immigrants in the United States by country of origin.* Hover over a state to get the total foreign-born population and doubleclick on a state to get …

The Young Center is hiring in New York, Washington, D.C., Houston and the Rio Grande Valley!
January 20, 2015

The Young Center is thrilled to announce that we are expanding the Child Advocate Program and opening offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and Houston. We are looking to hire for the following positions:

Houston Office:

2014 Was The Year Of The Child Immigrant Crisis, And It May Reappear In 2015
December 27, 2014

2014 Was The Year Of The Child Immigrant Crisis, And It May Reappear In 2015

International Business Times
By Brianna Lee

U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive action on deportation relief may have been the most groundbreaking event in immigration …

A Child, an Immigration Hearing, and a Doctor's Testimony
December 8, 2014

A Child, an Immigration Hearing, and a Doctor’s Testimony

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The Atlantic
By Jennie Gold

In New York and Los Angeles, partnerships between pediatricians, psychologists, and legal clinics help unaccompanied minors prepare for the courtroom.

New York lawyer Brett Stark, …

NY Times: New York Immigration Groups Prepare to Meet Demands of New Policy
November 28, 2014

New York Immigration Groups Prepare to Meet Demands of New Policy

President Obama’s sweeping executive actions on immigration present daunting logistical challenges across the nation, but especially in New York, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has called “the gateway …

Unaccompanied minors bring hope, past trauma to American schools
November 24, 2014

Unaccompanied minors bring hope, past trauma to American schools

Hechinger Report
By Lillian Mongeau

Bandon, 18 and a recent immigrant from Guatemala, jumped eagerly into a recent conversation exercise in his English language class. He was supposed to ask …

The Young Center is hiring in South Texas!
October 28, 2014

New Positions at the Young Center – Apply Today!

The Young Center is thrilled to announce that we will be growing the Child Advocate project. We are looking to hire for the following positions:

2014 Harlingen Texas Staff Attorney Job

The Young Center is hiring in New York/New Jersey!
October 10, 2014

New Positions at the Young Center – Apply Today!

The Young Center is thrilled to announce that we will be growing the Child Advocate project. We are looking to hire for the following positions:

2014 New York New Jersey Supervising

The Young Center is hiring in Houston, Texas!
October 10, 2014

New Positions at the Young Center – Apply Today!

The Young Center is thrilled to announce that we will be growing the Child Advocate project. We are looking to hire for the following positions:

2014 Houston Texas Supervising Attorney Job

Advocates for Children Win Nobel Peace Prize!
October 10, 2014

A teenage Pakistani activist thrust into the global spotlight in a horrific act of violence and a graying Indian reformer who followed Gandhi’s creed of peaceful persistence were united Friday as shared winners of the world’s most prestigious …

The Young Center stands with 160 NGOs to demand the government cease the detention of families
September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014

Re: NGOs united in opposition to family detention in Dilley, Karnes, and Artesia

Dear Mr. President:

We, the undersigned 168 immigrants’ rights, faith-based, civil rights, human rights, anti-violence, and criminal justice reform organizations and legal service providers, …

Hispanic Heritage Month Event: Unaccompanied Children Crisis Event
September 17, 2014

Check out Hispanic Heritage Month Event at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology on the unaccompanied kids crisis. Our very own Maria Woltjen to present!

Workshop Description:

Join this introductory panel and discussion on what is being done politically and

Immigration Law Experts agree President has Legal Authority to Protect Immigrants from Deportation
September 3, 2014

136 Leading Experts on Immigration Law Agree:
President Has Legal Authority to Expand Relief to Immigrants

September 3, 2014 

Washington D.C. —U.S. law professors sent a letter today to the White House stating that President Obama has wide legal authority

Clashing Narratives
September 2, 2014

FILE - This June 25, 2014 file photo shows a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally as they are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. A White House proposal to grant some young Honduran citizens refugee status before they try to head to the United States illegally could provide a much needed safety valve to alleviate some of the stress on government agencies responsible for dealing with the flood of children and families from Central America crossing the border in recent months, immigration experts said. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
This June 25, 2014 photo shows a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the US-Mexico border illegally as they are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Call it irony or call it a nightmare, but …

Univision: Risking It All, Children at the Border
August 28, 2014

Maria Elena Salinas’ special, Risking It All: Children at the Border, aired July 20 can be seen in the hyperlink below. The special reports on the story behind the exodus of Central American children to the border.


Human Trafficking Panel - League of Women Voters
August 27, 2014

The League of Women Voters of Oak Park and River Forest will be hosting an expert panel on HUMAN TRAFFICKING in IL that includes The Young Center’s executive director, Maria Woltjen. Join the event to learn about current legislation, challenges …

ACLU: "Groups Sue U.S. Government over Life-Threatening Deportation Process against Mothers and Children Escaping Extreme Violence in Central America"
August 22, 2014

“Any mother will do whatever it takes to make sure her children are safe from harm’s way,” said Karen Tumlin, managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center.
August 22, 2014

CONTACT: 212-549-2666,


NY Times: Advocates Seek to Delay Deportations for Millions
August 19, 2014

Advocates Seek to Delay Deportations for Millions

Eleven people living in the United States illegally, including a high-profile activist, plan to apply for deportation deferrals on Wednesday as part of an effort to pressure President Obama to include many millions …

FACT SHEET: Putting the Child Refugees in Context
August 8, 2014

TIME: "The Border and Obama"
July 17, 2014

The Border and Obama

The Week That Was From Latin America Photo Gallery
A young girl from Honduras waits for a northbound freight train to depart in Mexico as she makes her way to the U.S. border. Eduardo Verdugo—AP

It’s time to stop running away from the nation’s troubles

NPR: "LA Street Gangs Spread To Central America Causing International Threat"
July 16, 2014

LA Street Gangs Spread To Central America Causing International Threat

Renee Montagne talks to Carlos Dada of in El Salvador and Robert Lopez of the Los Angeles Times about the violence which has

Vox: "The process Congress wants to use for child migrants is a disaster"
July 15, 2014

The process Congress wants to use for child migrants is a disaster

Updated by on July 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. ET

A Mexican child looks through the border fence. John Moore/Getty

Congress and the Obama administration are scrambling …

Powerful Portraits of Illegal Immigrants facing Deportation
May 27, 2014

Photographer David Harriman created a series entitled Mariposa in which he photographed illegal immigrants facing deportation back to Mexico. The portraits were taken at a in Nogales, Mexico, where they were sent from a processing center in Tuscan, Arizona. Concerning 

Maria Woltjen Featured in Local Chicago News Paper
May 22, 2014

MariaMaria Woltjen of University of Chicago Law School’s Young Center was featured in an a Wednesday Journal article. She discussed the importance of the Young Center’s mission and the enormity the of the issue of child immigration. Click here to

Jennifer Nagda Participates in Civil Society Consultation
March 31, 2014

The Young Center was invited to participate in a civil society consultation with the U.S. government on the issue of “Access to Justice.” The consultation took place in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Universal Period Review (UPR) and …

Maria Woltjen on WBEZ's Morning Shift
March 4, 2014

Maria Woltjen of University of Chicago Law School’s Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights joined Tony Sarabia of the Morning Shift today to discuss with details on how policies can be put in place to help ensure kids arriving in

What a pair of shoes can tell us about South Sudan
February 4, 2014

Photographer Shannon Jensen has been documenting the crisis in South Sudan. Through her interactions with the hundreds of thousands of displaced refugees, Jensen found a way to bring their hardships to light.

Many refugees didn’t have any shoes at all, …

First Focus Calls for Child Advocates in Immigration
January 31, 2014

First Focus has just released an article noting how the House GOP fails to adequately protect children in their stated immigration reform principles. In particular, First Focus calls for legal representation and Child Advocates for all unaccompanied immigrant minors. First

Help the Young Center on #GivingTuesday
December 3, 2013

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is participating in #GivingTuesday™ today, December 3rd. Initiated last year, #GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday

TPS for Somali Nationals Extended
November 6, 2013

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has just announced an 18 month  extension to the Temporary Protected Status of eligible Somali Nationals.

Temporary Protected Status can be be granted to those non-citizens residing in the U.S. who are from a …

EPIC Is About To Celebrate Its 5th Birthday!
November 4, 2013

Our friend and partner EPIC (engaging philanthropy, inspiring creatives) is celebrating its 5th birthday! Since its inception, Epic has helped 34 nonprofits in Chicago and Minneapolis by assembling teams of professionals working in graphic design, advertising, marketing and public …

European Roma Rights Centre Confronts Racial Profiling Against Roma Families
October 30, 2013

Recently In Ireland , several Roma children were inaccurately profiled as non-Roma because of their physical features and subsequently taken away from their families by police officers.

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has criticized the racial profiling perpetrated by …

You're invited! The Young Center Co-sponsors a Community Conversation with Kirk Johnson
October 18, 2013

The Young Center, along with the Allstate Foundation and Facing History and Ourselves is co-sponsoring A Community Conversation with Kirk Johnson: “Exploring Issues of Civic Responsibility”.  The event will be held Wednesday, October 23 from 6:00–7:30 PM at Northwestern

Children Alone and Lawyerless in a Strange Land
September 26, 2013

Via this is a repost of an article that appeared September 23, 2013, on page A15 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Children Alone and Lawyerless in a Strange Land.


Children Alone …

October 1, 2013: CHRC and The Young Center Children's Rights Issue Briefing
September 17, 2013


October 1, 2013, 4-6 pm

CHRC AND THE YOUNG CENTER PRESENT Children’s Rights Issue Briefing

Applying International Children’s Rights to Practice:
Advancing Advocacy for Children Exploited for Labor or Sexual Services

Please join speakers from Loyola University’s Center for

Director Maria Woltjen to Testify on CIR
September 17, 2013

On September 23, 2013, Young Center director, Maria Woltjen, testified before the Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the topic of Civil Rights Implications of Comprehensive Immigration Reform on Illinois’ Immigrant Communities. An outline of

Kids and the Border
July 15, 2013

The Virginia Quarterly Review blog posts on kids and the border: detailing what happens to kids after they are detained and the Senate’s immigration bill, with quotes from Maria Woltjen, Director of the Young Center, and Jennifer Nagda, Policy …

Historic Senate Bill
June 27, 2013

Every day, vulnerable children separated from their parents and families and held in federal facilities around the country are called into immigration courts where they stand alone, without an attorney beside them, before an immigration judge and across from a …

NPR Features Young Center’s Namesake, Young Zheng Sullivan on 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 …

Undocumented and alone, young immigrants land in Chicago
June 3, 2013

The Young Center’s Director, Maria Woltjen, speaks to WBEZ about some of the challenges unaccompanied minors face. You can listen to the story here.…

The Young Center quoted in Newsweek's The Daily Beast
April 11, 2013

Undocumented Kids Crossing the U.S. Border Alone in Increasing Numbers

Illegal immigration may be down, but the number of children coming into the U.S. on their own is soaring—and many are deported without a lawyer.

The Young Center’s Director, Maria …

Young Center Launches New Website
April 10, 2013

Do things look a little different? That’s because the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights has just launched a brand new website! With all-new, incredible designs from EPIC, and development done by the local Chicago firm, Visible, we’re …

MacArthur Foundation Awards Grant to the Young Center
March 19, 2013

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago has received a two-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation to spearhead changes in federal immigration policy and practices toward children. For nine years, the Young Center has called …

The Young Center Hosts its Annual Chicago Benefit
March 19, 2013

On April 11, 2013, the Young Center will host its annual benefit at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be award-winning journalist and author, Mona Eltahawy. Ms. Eltahawy is an Egyptian-American journalist …

TVPRA Passes Congress!
March 7, 2013

On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed into law the final version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which incorporates the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). Section 47 of the TVRPA provides for the establishment of Child Advocate …

The Young Center Expands to Texas!
February 7, 2013

Thanks to your support, we’re excited to announce that the Young Center has opened an office in Harlingen, at the very tip of South Texas, on the border with Mexico. Today, there are more than 700 unaccompanied immigrant children in …

Heading To Capital Hill
November 11, 2012

The Young Center will send a delegation to Washington, D.C. next month to discuss immigration reform with …

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