Border Immigration

Strategies and support for heroic humanitarians.

Under the United States’ Zero Tolerance Policy, thousands of children were separated from their loving caregivers upon arrival at the US border. News agencies, legal and medical professionals estimate that thousands more families were separated prior to the implementation of the policy. Forced separation from a primary caregiver, at any age, is considered a major trauma with lasting negative health effects for children and their families.

THE GAP
Hundreds of lawyers and physicians have volunteered their services to the victims of family separation but the resources available to support these professionals are scarce and often inaccessible to busy professionals in need of practical advice and emotional support.
OUR APPROACH
Through a series of short video interviews with lawyers and physicians who have years of experience working with separated families, we are creating a compact “toolkit” to offer these professionals efficiently delivered, just-in-time support that will leave them with the strategies and coping skills they need to do this heroic humanitarian work.
DISSEMINATION
Our content will be disseminated to professional volunteers through multiple professional and charitable organizations as well as being made openly accessible to lawyers and physicians in the general public who may be considering volunteer work of this nature.
IMPACT EVALUATION
We are committed to designing and implementing rigorous evaluations of all our health education interventions. We use a mixed-methods approach, including qualitative studies like in-depth stakeholder interviews and community focus groups, as well as quantitative methods such as large randomized controlled trials.
Border Immigration