Category

Family Separation

The psychological effects of forced family separation on asylum-seeking children and parents at the US-Mexico border: A qualitative analysis of medico-legal documents

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

The psychological effects of forced family separation on asylum-seeking children and parents at the US-Mexico border: A qualitative analysis of medico-legal documents

Kathryn Hampton, Elsa Raker, Hajar Habbach, Linda Camaj Deda, Michele Heisler, and Ranit Mishori; PLOS ONE (November 24, 2021)

This study explored narratives from parents and children separated as a result of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy. Data indicated significant negative mental health outcomes even after reunification.

Toolkit – Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family

By | Adoption, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Family Separation, Foster Care, Immigration Enforcement, Kinship Care, Language Issues, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Toolkits, Handbooks, Guides & Books, Trauma

Toolkit – Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family

Generations United (November 21, 2021)

This new toolkit provides resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations so that they can better serve Latino grandfamilies regardless of child welfare involvement.

How a Pathway to Citizenship can help Children Thrive

By | Deportation, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Trauma

How a Pathway to Citizenship can help Children Thrive

Children Thrive Action Network (October 28, 2021)

This brief outlines the pathway to citizenship and how it would help comprehensively support long-term success and healthy development for youth and children in immigrant families.

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.