Health Action Webinar: The Impacts of Family Separation on Child and Family Health
Join us on Wednesday, July 18 at 2PM EST for a Health Action Webinar
We will be discussing the impacts of family separation on child and family health, and what advocates can do to address this issue. The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, separating children from parents who arrive without documentation at the U.S. border, including those legally seeking asylum, went into effect on April 6. Although President Trump issued an executive order reversing these separations on June 20 after facing mounting public pressure, many families still remain separated.
Family separation, even for short periods of time, is distressing, traumatic and damaging to the health and well-being of children and parents. Longer periods of separation will lead to sustained and heightened distress and “toxic stress”, with implications for a child’s health and well-being. On June 26, a federal ruling by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ordered a stop to most family separations at the border and required the reunification of all families that have been separated. However, the Trump administration has failed to meet the first of two court-ordered deadlines to reunite the families, with only a small number reunited to date. Hear from experts in immigration law and child and family policy on current efforts to reunite immigrant parents and children.
- Shadi Houshyar, Director of Early Childhood & Welfare Initiatives, Families USA
- Susan Church, Attorney, Demissie & Church
- Emily Butera, Senior Policy Advisor for Migrant Rights and Justice, Women’s Refugee Commission
- Mayra Alvarez, President, The Children’s Partnership