Child Trafficking Issue Briefing

Children's Rights Issue Briefing

Child trafficking is one of the most disturbing human rights abuses of our time, involving cases of both United States citizen and immigrant boys and girls trafficked for labor and/or commercial sexual services.

On September 10, 2012, the Center for the Human Rights of Children hosted an educational forum to help advance our understanding of the unique issues facing child trafficking victims in the United States.

Keynote Speaker: Laurel Bellows, Esq., President, American Bar Association

Ms. Bellows, a Loyola University Chicago School of Law alumna, discussed the state of child trafficking and emphasized the vital role of community members in addressing this systemic crisis.


  • Honorable Virginia Kendall, Judge, Northern District of Illinois
  • Katherine Kaufka Walts, JD, Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago
  • Dr. Deborah Baskin, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Loyola University Chicago

Presentations covered systemic gaps, policies, current state of research, and promising practices. Attendees included leaders and representatives from various organizations, such as the Circuit Court of Cook County, Department of Family and Support Services, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Office of Senator Durbin, philanthropy organizations, and social and legal service providers.