Childhood Trauma at the U.S. Border

Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, September 25, Alianza Latina, The Schubert Center for Child Studies, the Social Justice Institute, the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, the Center on Trauma and Adversity, and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development convened a panel to discuss the experiences of immigrant children and teens detained at the southern border, including the legal context for family separations, medical and therapeutic guidelines for youth exposed to trauma, issues of consent for treatment, long-term consequences of internment, and options for advocacy and activism for allies.

Introduced by Dr. Francisca García-Cobián Richter (Research Assistant Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences) and moderated by Dr. John Flores (co-director, SJI), the panel featured:

Click here to watch a video of the event on YouTube.


For those interested in learning more, this list of resources was compiled by the event panelists.  Please visit our Online Research Guide for additional information.

For those interested in donating to help support access to legal counsel for detained immigrants, consider supporting these organizations:


American Immigration Council

Immigration Justice Campaign

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project