Funder Briefing on Family Separation and Detention of Unaccompanied Children – Litigation and Policy Updates

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm EST
Open Society Foundation
224 W. 57th St., NYC, 10019
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A recently released report from Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) estimated that “thousands of separated children” were put in the agency’s care before national media reported its use in April 2018.  Over the last year, the number of children in immigration detention has continued to grow reaching almost 15,000 in the last quarter of 2018.  Whether entering the United States as unaccompanied minors or being forced into unaccompanied status by family separation, migrant children often experience harsh conditions of confinement in congregate care and do not receive the medical and social services they need.

Please join the Open Society Foundations and Borealis Philanthropy for an in-person funder briefing on February 20th to discuss current updates on litigation and policy advocacy efforts on family separation and detention of migrant children. We will hear from organizations litigating cases seeking to reunite separated families and prevent long-term detention of children, as well as those serving as advocates for children in immigration detention.  


Space is limited. Please RSVP by 5pm, Friday, February 15th to:  Livia Fry, [email protected]s.orgIf you are attending the event in-person, please bring ID.

Local funders are encouraged to attend the briefing in-person but a conference call line will also be available for those unable to make it to the OSF offices.  When you register for the event, please provide Livia with your first and last name and let her know if you wish to attend in-person or by phone.


  • Leecia Welch, National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), Senior Director of Legal Advocacy. NCYL is the one of the organizations overseeing the Flores settlement that concerns the conditions of confinement and length of time children can be detained, as well as more recent litigation challenging treatment of migrant children in congregate care.
  • Omar Jadwat, ACLU, Director of Immigrants’ Rights Project. The ACLU leads litigation in the Ms. L case, which seeks to ensure reunification of families separated at the US/Mexico border in the summer of 2018.
  • Liz Frankel, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Associate Director or Jennifer Nagda the Center’s Policy Dir.  The Center’s attorneys and social workers serve as appointed Child Advocates (or guardian ad litems) for immigrant children.