Maria Woltjen is the Director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Ms. Woltjen’s career has centered on children’s rights. She practiced litigation with the law firm Coffield Ungaretti Harris & Slavin for her first four years out of law school. From 1991 to 1996, Ms. Woltjen directed the Children’s Advocacy Project of the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights, focusing on delinquency, health and disabilities. From 2001 to 2004, she was adjunct faculty at the ChildLaw Center of Loyola Law School, and worked on environmental hazards affecting children. Ms. Woltjen founded the Young Center in 2003 and was invited to join the University of Chicago legal clinic in 2007. Today, she lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.