Loyola University Chicago School of Law
and Loyola’s Children’s Legal Rights Journal 


Trauma at the Border and Beyond: Advocating for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Friday, November 1, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom
25 E. Pearson Street

This symposium will explore many of the current issues surrounding immigration as it relates to children and youth. Distinguished speakers will discuss the challenges unaccompanied immigrant children face in the legal system, as well as the legal and ethical issues related to representing unaccompanied minors.  The symposium will also delve into topics such as trauma, immigration policy, and mental health. Finally, speakers will discuss best practices for representing unaccompanied minors in a holistic manner—all with the goal of advocating for immigrant children and youth more effectively. 

The symposium will be held in the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, on the 10th floor of 25 E. Pearson St. at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus.

The Illinois MCLE Board has approved this program for 2.5 hours of general credit. Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to present this conference at no charge for Loyola students, faculty, and individuals not seeking MCLE credit. For those who wish to obtain MCLE credit, registration fees will apply:

  • $20 for attendees seeking MCLE credit
  • $15 for Loyola alumni seeking MCLE credit
  • As part of our wider financial hardship consideration, there is an immediate discount of 50% for attorneys working in the areas of government or public interest.

Fees are payable at the door by check made payable to Loyola University Chicago.

The Loyola University Chicago School of Law Children’s Legal Rights Journal is a national legal journal that releases two issues annually, edited by Loyola students in the cooperation with the National Association of Counsel for Children. The Children’s Legal Rights Journal focuses on a broad range of legal issues confronting children, including child welfare, juvenile justice, adoption, mental health, and education. Generally, the readership consists of lawyers, social workers, physicians, researchers, mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel, and educators. The Children’s Legal Rights Journal encourages interdisciplinary submissions as well as more traditional law-related articles.


1:00 p.m. Welcome
Brianna Hill, Symposium Editor, Children’s Legal Rights Journal
Diane Geraghty, Director, Loyola University Chicago’s Civitas ChildLaw Center

Featured Speaker
The Need for Trauma-Focused Services for Unaccompanied Minors
Gregory Lewis, PhD

2:05 p.m. Featured Speaker
Kelly Kribs, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

3:05 p.m. Panel discussion- Perspectives on Addressing the Needs of Unaccompanied Minors

Dr. Catherine Santiago

Hon. Jennie Giambastiani

Natalie Cadwalader-Schultheis

Moderator:  Katherine Kaufka Walts 

3:55 p.m. Closing remarks
Katharine Czinke, Editor in Chief, Children’s Legal Rights Journal 

4:00 p.m. Reception
A reception to celebrate the Children’s Legal Rights Journal’s 40th anniversary will follow the symposium.


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

Catherine DeCarlo Santiago, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor in psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Santiago has expertise in community-based interventions that address stress, trauma and resilience among children and families. Her research has examined the social-ecological experience of immigrant families.  She has also published on current immigration policy and policy implications for mental health among immigrant families. Dr. Santiago draws on mixed method approaches to examine intervention effectiveness, implementation, and sustainability. She is a member of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition’s Sub-Committee on Immigrant & Refugee Children and of the Advisory Board for the Center for Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago.

Kelly Albinak Kribs, JD, is the managing attorney at the Chicago office of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, a human rights organization that advocates for immigrant children. Ms. Kribs co-taught at the Young Center clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, which focused on the intersection of child welfare law and immigration law. Before joining the Young Center in 2016, she practiced in commercial litigation and internal investigations at Sidley Austin LLP. While at Sidley Austin, Ms. Kribs also maintained a healthy pro bono practice, including the successful representation of two Syrian asylum seekers. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Kribs worked at a Washington, DC, think tank on Latin American issues and taught English in Nicaragua. Ms. Kribs graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she also served as Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow with the Young Center.

Natalie Cadwalader-Schultheis, JD, is a staff attorney at Justice for Our Neighbors, which opened in September of this year in Harlingen, Texas. Ms. Cadwalader-Schultheis served as an Equal Justice Works fellow at the American Bar Association's South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, where she served populations of youth transferred from Office of Refugee Resettlement, custody to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, as well as children improperly transferred to ICE detention directly from Customs and Border Protection custody. Prior to law school, Ms. Cadwalader-Schultheis served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the education department of an unaccompanied minor shelter in Arizona. While in law school, she interned with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and the ACLU of Texas. Ms. Cadwalader-Schultheis is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and received her undergraduate degrees in Linguistics and Latin American Studies from Brigham Young University.

Jennie L. Giambastiani, JD, is a retired judge in the Immigration Court at the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, where she presided over hearings and trials involving both criminal and non-criminal respondents in removal, deportation, exclusion, asylum and bond proceedings. She has also served as presiding judge over the Unaccompanied Detained Children’s Docket and trained new immigration judges, volunteer pro bono attorneys and student volunteers. Prior to her judgeship, Judge Giambastiani represented the U.S. as the chief legal officer for the Immigration and Naturalization Service for Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, in federal, state, and administrative courts on issues arising from the enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Judge Giambastani has served as an instructor and guest lecturer at the National Judicial College, University of Chicago School of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, DePaul College of Law, and the National Immigrant Justice Center. Judge Giambastiani received her JD and BA from Loyola University of Chicago.

Greg Lewis, PhD, is the clinical director of The Counseling Center at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston and has been part of a psychiatric group practice in Wheaton, IL, since 1987 providing individual, couples, and family therapy. Dr. Lewis previously served as a staff psychologist in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and lectured at Rush University Medical Center in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Lewis has conducted forensic psychological evaluations of refugees and unaccompanied minors from Central America, Asia, and Africa, who are seeking asylum and has served as an expert witness on several civil cases involving the abuse of detained immigrants. Dr. Lewis has also served as a human rights advocate in Honduras, and has participated in medical missions with the Syrian American Medical Society, providing healthcare to Syrian refugees in Jordan. He received his doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.