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July 2018

The Impacts of Family Separation on Child and Family Health

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, 2018. Facing mounting public pressure, President Trump issued an executive order on June 20, 2018 reversing its family separations but without a clear timeline or plan for reuniting families, and to date, many families 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. This webinar discusses the impacts of family separation on child and family health, current efforts to reunite immigrant parents and children, and what advocates can do to address this issue.