Fighting Back against Family Separation at the Border
With Emma Winger, staff attorney with the American Immigration Council.
When the Trump administration began a policy of deliberate and forcible separation of asylum seeking families at the border, thousands of children were separated from their parents, a number still being calculated. Such separations have caused significant additional trauma to people trying to escape life-threatening conditions in their countries of origin.
As the American Academy of Pediatrics wrote in a letter condemning the practice: “highly stressful experiences, like family separation, can cause irreparable harm, disrupting a child’s brain architecture and affecting his or her short- and long-term health. This type of prolonged exposure to serious stress – known as toxic stress – can carry lifelong consequences for children.”
Winger will discuss the government’s family separation policy and talk about her organization, the American Immigration Council's, representation of six mothers and their children who were victims of the policy.
A light lunch to be served. RSVP at tinyurl.com/WingerBC or at the Register button on the event listing.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12:00pm