Katherine Kaufka Walts, JD

Katherine Kaufka Walts is the Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. The Center advances efforts of the Loyola University community to understand and protect the human rights of children utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Ms. Kaufka Walts conducts research, teaches, develops projects, and provides technical assistance, training and consultation to various stakeholders in the US and internationally on the subject of human trafficking and children’s rights issues. Ms. Kaufka Walts has provided expert testimony to local, national, and international governmental bodies, including the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law and United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. She was an appointed member of the American Bar Association’s Human Trafficking Task Force (2013-14) and the American Bar Association’s the Commission on Youth at Risk (2012-15). Ms. Kaufka Walts received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.A and B.S. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Katherine Kaufka Walts CV

Publications & Media

  • Torres, S., Santiago, C, Kaufka Walts, K, Richards, M., Immigration Policy, Practices, and Procedures: The Impact on the Mental Health of Mexican and Central American Youth and Families, American Psychologist (March 2018).
  • Op-ed, TheHill.com, “Our Immigration Policies are Harming Children” available at http://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/373179-our-immigration-policies-are-harming-children
  • Kaufka Walts, K. (In press). Child labor trafficking in the United States: A hidden crime. Social Inclusion. (ISSN: 2183–2803)2017, Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 59–68. http://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/chrc/pdfs/Child%20Labor%20Trafficking%20in%20the%20U.S..pdf
  • Klaf, S., Kaufka Walts, K., “From Research to Action: Jesuit Institutional Practices in Response to Undocumented Students,” Chapter 7, In: College and Undocumented: Student Experiences and Institutional Responses in a Climate of National Hostility (In Press – Fordham Press, 2017)
  • Kaufka Walts, K. & Woltjen, M. (2016). “An NGO response to the periodic report of the United States of America concerning the optional protocol to the convention on the rights of the child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.” Chicago, IL: submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. http://luc.edu/media/lucedu/chrc/pdfs/OPSC%20Alternative%20Report.pdf
  • Letter to Editor, Harper’s Magazine. See http://harpers.org/archive/2016/03/letters-843/
  • “The Child Soldier: Congo to Chicago” op-ed with Patricca, N., Windy City Times, See http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/The-Child-Soldier-From-the-Congo-to-Chicago/54166.html
  • Featured in US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, “Faces of Human Trafficking” Public Service Announcement video series, child trafficking expert. See http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/humantrafficking/publicawareness.html
  • Pryce, J., Lyn Jones, S., Wildman, A., Thomas, A., Okrzesik, K. Aging Out of Care in Ethiopia: Challenges and Implications Facing Orphans and Vulnerable Youth. Emerging Adulthood (2015). http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2167696815599095
  • “Legal Services Assessment for Trafficked Children: A Cook County Case Study” (2013), Kaufka Walts, K.,  Riechmann, L., Lee, C., (2012) Legal Services for Trafficked Children, Cook County, Illinois Case Studyhttp://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/chrc/Legal%20Needs%20final%20updated%20w%20copyright.pdf
  • Kaufka Walts, K. & Woltjen, M. (2012) “Alternative Report to the Periodic Report of the United States government to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Concerning the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the Sale of Children, Prostitution, and Pornography,” Submitted to UNHCR.
  • Walts, K. Kaufka, “Understanding Child Trafficking in the United States: A Review of Current Policies, Research, and Issues Facing Survivors” (book chapter), Victims of Crime, 4th Edition, Edited by A. Lurigio and J.S. Carroll , Sage Publications. (2012)
  • “Child Trafficking in the United States, An Introduction,” Section of Litigation Children's Rights Litigation Committee Online Newsletter, American Bar Association, January 2012, Available at http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/childrights/content/articles/winter2012-introduction-child-trafficking-united-states.html
  • “Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking,” Handbook, April 2011, http://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/chrc/pdfs/BCWRHandbook2011.pdf
  • “The T Nonimmigrant Visa and Protection and Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking, A Practitioner’s Guide” Immigration Briefings, September 2006
  • Note: “The Commodification of Domestic Care: Illegitimacy of Care Work and the Exploitation of Migrant Workers” Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Fall 2003

Contact information

Katherine Kaufka Walts
Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children
Loyola University Chicago

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