COVID-19 — include immigrant families and children in relief effort

By Olivia Golden and Mónica Rámirez

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The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), with Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, and South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, documented the consistent harm that children of immigrants — one in five American children — have already been dealing with due to the Trump administration’s policies. The current threat of family separation and fear of accessing publicly funded health, nutrition and education services has damaged children’s emotional and physical health. This distress is being exacerbated by the pandemic and children’s exclusion from COVID-19 relief.

This is why Justice for Migrant Women, led by Mónica Ramírez, CLASP, led by Olivia Golden, and other partners created the Children Thrive Action Network (CTAN). CTAN’s mission is to defend and support the millions of children in the United States who live in mixed-status immigrant families. Our goal is to build a stronger society where all children have equal opportunities, including the resources and protections they need to grow and thrive; where diversity is embraced and celebrated; and where all children are valued and cared for regardless of where they or their parents were born.

 

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