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Sarah Diaz


Associate Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, United States



Sarah J. Diaz, JD LLM is the Associate Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children and Lecturer in the School of Law at Loyola University Chicago. Prof. Diaz has worked at the intersection of child migration and human rights for over fifteen years, providing direct services and consultation services to NGOs working on human rights, migration and international criminal law issues. These services included sharing her expertise in human rights, parent-child border separation and the rights of migrant children in U.S. immigration proceedings. Prof. Diaz has participated in several initiatives designed to create access to justice for children and migrants on a local, state and international level including co-authoring the Illinois Voices Act, serving on the Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force, and coordinating a DACA legal services collaborative that directed policy feedback for the Obama Administration. Prof. Diaz often represents US-based child-serving NGOs before UN special mechanisms. She was recently asked to offer her expert opinion on the use of private security firms for migrant child detention to the U.N. Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries. In addition to her advocacy efforts, Prof. Diaz has authored several publications at the intersection of international law and migration.




Immigration, Refugee, Child Migration, Human Rights, International Criminal Law
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