Through the Eyes of Children

Two smiling girls at a desk in a classroom with two more students behind them. Posted in conjunction with GCIR's webinar, Monthly Immigration Policy Call: April.
Thursday, April 18, 2019 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm PDT
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The Office of the Inspector General announced in January 2019 that thousands more children than previously reported have been separated from their parents at the southern border by our government. The impacts of this failed and cruel U.S. policy to deter asylum seekers reverberate in lives of children. Children are being turned away at ports of entry by government authorities; forcefully apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP); detained under harsh conditions in CBP, ICE, and ORR facilities; released into communities without support and in chaotic and harmful ways by CBP and ICE; and struggling to settle into new lives in America.

How can policies be informed by the experiences of children? And how are the voices and perspectives of children and youth included in program design, policymaking, and litigation? This Monthly Immigration Policy Call will delve deeper into how children are experiencing new policies and how those working closest with children are working to give voice to their trauma and create accountability for harm.


  • Neha Desai, Attorney, Director, Immigration, National Center for Youth Law
  • Cory Schindel, Deputy Director of Policy, KIND
  • Dr. Marsha Griffin, Director of Division of Child and Family Health, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
  • Melissa Escano, R.I.S.E! Coordinator, ATLAS: DIY


Registration closes at 4 p.m. PDT, Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Please note we have a new registration system. Follow the prompts in the grey box above to log into your account and then complete the form on this page to register. If you have not logged in before but have previously attended a GCIR program, you can follow the 'Forgot Password?' link to request a new password, as you most likely already have an account in our system.


Photo: Representation of children impacted by family separation. Media Arts Center San Diego / Creative Commons.


If your grantmaker network is interested in becoming a co-sponsor, please contact Melissa Nop.

Thank You

 A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.