Add your voice to this call from Mental Health Professionals to stop separating children from their parents at our borders!
Since October 2017, over 700 children have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexican border. One-hundred of these children are under 4 years old. These children have been thrust into detention centers often without an advocate or an attorney and sometimes without the presence of any adult who can speak their language.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, warns that children may develop post traumatic responses following separation from their parents and specifically lists immigration as a situation of potentially traumatic separation. From decades of research and direct clinical experience, professional psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and counselors know that the impact of disrupted attachment manifests not only in overwhelming fear and panic at the time of the separation, but that there is a strong likelihood that these children’s behavioral, psychological, interpersonal, and cognitive trajectories will also be affected.
In fact, the negative impacts are so certain that these same professions are legally mandated to report to the authorities the very instances our authorities are inflicting on these children.
At the completion of our signature drive the letter and resulting petition, with every name of those who signed it, will be sent to the following list of Federal officials:
- The President of the United States, Donald Trump,
- The United States Attorney General, Jefferson B. Sessions,
- The United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen,
- The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan,
- The Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Mitch McConnell,
- The Minority Leader of the United States Senate, Chuck Schumer,
- The Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, and
- The Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.