Protecting Children's Rights Through Multidisciplinary Forensics

Friday, November 4, 2011

Due to limited resources, many legal aid agencies and social service providers working with vulnerable children and youth lack the resources to retain experts to provide the essential assessments, evaluations, affidavits and testimony to advance their clients' cases and ensure that their rights are protected. In the majority of circumstances, medical forensic examinations, expert assessments, testimony, and subject matter expertise play a vital role in the outcome of children’s cases. Moreover, these professional assessments are often critical in obtaining the necessary services for these children, including appropriate education, medical or psychological treatment, and suitable care.

The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness of the current community needs for professional assessments, and to build the capacity of the professionals to better support children who are victims of discrimination, violence, trauma, and torture, and abuse. Case studies will include (but are not limited to) asylum, torture, human trafficking, severe child abuse, juvenile justice, and special education. Participants will hear from attorneys, psychologists, criminal justice experts, educational psychologists, and medical professionals in the field on various topics, including:

  • Forensic assessments and professional evaluations
    • Medical
    • Psychological
    • Education
  • Court-admissible evidence for courts and administrative hearings
  • Country condition reports
  • Subject matter expertise via affidavits (i.e., gang violence in Central America, human rights conditions in Congo, child development and violence)
  • Peer-reviewed research and/or articles
  • Expert testimony before legal and administrative bodies

Professionals, scholars, faculty and students from the following disciplines are encouraged to attend: medicine (including nursing and psychiatry), public health, law, education, psychology, social work, criminal justice, political science, social justice, anthropology, gender studies, child development, and specialized study in developing countries.

The workshop will be held on Friday, November 4th, 8:30 am – 5pm, at Loyola's Water Tower Campus in the Corboy Law Center. This event it open to the public. Registration required.

Please click HERE‌ to view a copy of the Agenda.

Speaker and Moderator Biographies

Registration Fee: $50

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Includes continental breakfast, refreshments and CEUs (Social Work), CLEs and Professional Responsibility Credits (Law), CNE contact hours (Nursing), CPDU (Education). Free for current Loyola University Chicago students, faculty, and staff. Registration required as space is limited.

** If you are seeking professional continuing education credits, please register online by November 3, 2011.** 

Some scholarships available as funds allow.

During the workshop, we will also be assessing community needs for various types of professional services to ascertain needs for future workshops and initiatives around this issue.

This activity was approved by Illinois Nurses Association Approver Unit to award contact hours. Illinois Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Public Transportation: 1 block from the Chicago Stop on the Red Line;
Discounted parking with Loyla validation, see


 This program is brought to you by the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University, in collaboration with Physicians for Human Rights, LUC School of Social Work, LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, LUC School of Education, Civitas ChildLaw Center, LUC Shareholder Advocacy Committee, LUC College of Arts and Sciences, LUC Stritch School of Medicine, and the LUC Office of the Provost.