Preventing Family Separations and Detention in the U.S. Immigration System

Policy Brief
Mar 28, 2023
Kelly Edyburn, PhD & Shantel Meek, PhD for the Children's Equity Project
Family separations and family detention have been used as part of immigration enforcement in the United States. These practices and policies are severely detrimental to child health and wellbeing and can cause lasting harm. This brief reviews the state of the research on the developmental, psychological, and physical toll of family separation and family detention on children and their caregivers. Grounded in this science, we provide a set of policy recommendations that protect child health and wellbeing.
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