In an article by the New Yorker, Isaac Chotiner describes how separation and detention changes the lives of children.
The article discusses how child development experts are concerned about the psychological impact of separation and detention on children. Jack P. Shonkoff, Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard School of Public Health, says the forced and abrupt separation of children from their parents is a huge psychological trauma and assault. Another issue is the prolonged placement of children in institutional settings.
Moreover, the American Psychological Association has released several statements on the effects of the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, stating that they “pose serious harm to the psychological well-being of immigrant children, their U.S.-born siblings, and other family members.”
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