Where Are the Children? Family Separation Becomes U.S. Immigration Enforcement Policy
- Council on Foundations
- Early Childhood Funders Collaborative
- Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
- Hispanics in Philanthropy
- Philanthropy California
- Philanthropy New York
- Philanthropy Southwest
- Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (SAFSF)
- United Philanthropy Forum
Since October 2017, the U.S. government has forcibly separated more than 2,300 children—including hundreds who are under four years old—from their parents as they arrive on our southern border seeking refuge. Attorneys and other humanitarian aid workers are reporting significant trauma and despair for separated families. Legal services organizations are working overtime at immigrant detention centers to identify parents who have been separated from their children, help locate their young ones, and support them in navigating complex asylum proceedings. Similarly, advocates for separated and unaccompanied children are working at capacity to provide trauma-informed legal orientation and supportive services, including to children as young as 11 months old.
This so-called “zero-tolerance” approach is part of a slate of policies the administration is using to curb legal immigration to the United States, including: enacting harsh administrative procedures; seeking to deny protection to women and girls fleeing gender-based violence; and turning away more asylum seekers at the border to prevent them from asserting their claims.
Join us for 1.5-hour call to hear from a panel of experts on the current situation, explore the impact of these policies on families and children, and learn about GCIR’s recommendations on how philanthropy can respond.
- Manoj Govindaiah, Director of Family Detention, RAICES
- Laura St. John, Legal Director, The Florence Project
- Efrén C. Olivares, Racial Economic Justice Program Director, Texas Civil RIghts Project
- Meghan Johnson Perez, Director of Children's Project, ProBAR
- Jessica Morales Rocketto, Poltical Director, National Domestic Worker's Alliance
Registration is now closed.
Calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of philanthropic support organizations. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)
Nonprofit Leaders Add to Outpouring of Fury Over Border Policies, Ariella Phillips, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 20, 2018.
A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.
Posted June 5, 2018 • Revised June 27, 2018