Category

Family Separation

Protecting Afghan Unaccompanied and Separated Children Arriving in the United States

By | Child Well-Being, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Law/Policy Highlight, Unaccompanied Minors

Protecting Afghan Unaccompanied and Separated Children Arriving in the United States

Kids in Need of Defense -KIND (September 2, 2021)

This policy brief looks at current experience with unaccompanied and separated children to provide recommendations to help protect children arriving from Afghanistan.

Mississippi ICE Raids Two Years Later: Increased Strains and Shrinking Hope

By | Deportation, Family Separation, ICE, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research Highlight

Mississippi ICE Raids Two Years Later: Increased Strains and Shrinking Hope

Mississippi Center for Justice (August 6, 2021)

This report reviews the lasting impacts and problems 2 years after the 2019 ICE raids in Mississippi and provides recommendations for a path forward. Read previous report here too.

“It felt like my son had died”: Zero tolerance and the trauma of family separation

By | Child Well-Being, Family Separation, Foster Care, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research Highlight, Trauma

“It felt like my son had died”: Zero tolerance and the trauma of family separation

Óscar F. Gil-García, Francesca Bové, Luz Velazquez,  Sarah Vener & Alexandra Miranda; Latino Studies (May 3, 2021)

This research documents the traumatic impacts of family separation under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy.

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Transnational Resources, Unaccompanied Minors

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

UNICEF (February 2021) 

This report from UNICEF provides a roadmap of practice in the humane reception of unaccompanied children. Utilizing examples from both the United States and abroad, it provides eight recommendations that span the work of international child rights, domestic child welfare, and immigration to create an environment that functions in the best interest of children.

Connecting Cross-Border Families

By | Family Separation, Foster Care, Highlighted Resources, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics, Transnational Resources, Unaccompanied Minors

Connecting Cross-Border Families 

Child Welfare Information Gateway (November 13, 2020) 

In this podcast, Elaine Weisman of the ISS-USA discusses topics relating to cross-border cases, including resources for caseworkers seeking to reunify families separated at the border and how current laws and policies can impact agencies working across borders. 

Remedying the Separation of Families at the U.S. Mexico Border

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Topics

Remedying the Separation of Families at the U.S. Mexico Border 

Ann Garcia, CLINIC (December 1, 2020) 

This transition paper discusses the impact of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigrant families separated at the border. It then offers five policy recommendations that can be undertaken in the first 100 days of the Biden administration. 

Immigrant Families during the Pandemic On the Frontlines but Left Behind

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, ICE, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Legal/Law, Public Charge, Research, Research Highlight, Topics

Immigrant Families during the Pandemic On the Frontlines but Left Behind 

Juan Carlos Gomez and Vanessa Meraz, CLASP (February 2021) 

Highlighting the unique manner in which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted immigrants in the United States, this brief covers how this population has been left behind. The authors review how this vulnerable population’s struggles have been exacerbated by the pandemic, the policies that have prevented them from meeting their basic needs, and concludes with recommendations for how the federal government can redress their needs. 

Unseen Costs: The Direct and Indirect Impact of U.S. Immigration Policies on Child and Adolescent Health and Well-Being

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research, Research Highlight, Topics, Trauma

Unseen Costs: The Direct and Indirect Impact of U.S. Immigration Policies on Child and Adolescent Health and Well-Being

Joseph Mattingly II, Laurel Kiser, Sherika Hill, Ernestine C. Briggs, Carrie Purbeck Trunzo, Zafar Zafari, and Theresa S. Betancourt, Journal of Traumatic Stress (August 13, 2020)

Utilizing economic modeling techniques, this study examines the literal direct and indirect costs of the Zero-Tolerance Policy upon the children who were separated from their parents at the border. Estimates from the study indicate that, compared to a baseline “No Detention” scenario, zero-tolerance migration policy cost more per child and proved to be of more significant expense to our healthcare system. The authors surmise that such policy is not only morally distressing but also economically disadvantageous. 

Review of the Department of Justice’s Planning and Implementation of Its Zero Tolerance Policy and Its Coordination with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services

By | Family Separation, Federal Policy, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight

Review of the Department of Justice’s Planning and Implementation of Its Zero Tolerance Policy and Its Coordination with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (January 14, 2021)

This document reviews and evaluates the role that the Department of Justice played in developing and implementing the zero tolerance policy along with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services and finds that DOJ failed to effectively prepare for and manage the implementation of this policy.

The Biden-Harris Immigration Agenda Matters for Kids

By | Child Well-Being, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy

The Biden-Harris Immigration Agenda Matters for Kids

Children Thrive Action Network (CTAN) (January 28, 2021)

This resource documents the main Biden-Harris administration policy changes and their impact on children in immigrant families, while highlighting key talking points. This document outlines the changes to DACA, the census, the Muslim and African bans, Migrant Protection Protocols, the Zero Tolerance Policy, immigration enforcement, and the proposed pathways to citizenship.