Loyola University Chicago

Center for the Human Rights of Children

National Child Trafficking and Exploitation Conference

September 22-23, 2010

 "Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Children and Youth in the United States"

2010 marked that 10th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). While the United States has made significant progress to eradicate human trafficking, children continue to be disproportionately underrepresented in cases identified. This demonstrates the need for a national, collaborative response to address gaps in the identification, protection, recovery, and prevention of child trafficking and exploitation. In September 2010, the CHRC hosted a conference to provide participants an opportunity to learn best practices, research, and scholarship on this issue, and to stimulate ongoing work and partnerships in the field, to protect the rights of children, both citizens and non-citizens, impacted by human trafficking and exploitation in the United States.

Keynote Speakers: Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, Senator John Cullerton, and Kelly Heinrich, Counsel, U.S. State Department, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The CHRC has compiled and published information presented and discussed during the conference in an Outcome Document. The publication addresses current issues, challenges, promising practices in the field, as well as suggested "action items" and next steps, and can hopefully be a guide for future scholarship/research, collaboration, and networking on the issues of human trafficking and exploitation of children and youth in the United States.