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Separated Lives: Recent Immigration Policies and Their Impact on Child Health

July 20, 2018
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Tufts Medical Center, Wolff Auditorium

Over the last year and a half, multiple policy changes have left the lives of immigrants—both documented and undocumented—in a state of profound uncertainty. In recent weeks, the Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from undocumented parents who cross the U.S. border provoked widespread outcry from the U.S. public and the United Nations. However, this now reversed policy is only one of several policy changes that have fundamentally transformed the lives of immigrants.

The repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has created uncertainty for more than half a million undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children. The non-renewal of temporary protected status (TPS)—which provides legal status to those affected by conflict or natural disaster in their home countries—has created uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of families from El Salvador, Haiti, and other countries.

What impact do these policies have on public health, the health of affected individuals, and, in particular, the health of children? The goal of this symposium is to provide up-to-date information on these critical policy changes, the number of individuals affected by these policies, and emerging prospects for addressing these challenges in the state and federal legislatures. We will then discuss the impact of these policies on the health of children, with input from experts in the fields of child psychiatry and immigration law.

Jose Palma, Head of the Massachusetts TPS (Temporary Protected Status) Committee
Elizabeth Badger, Senior attorney, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Alyssa Orinstein, PhD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Floating Hospital for Children
Sylvia Krinsky, MD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Floating Hospital for Children
John Sargent, MD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Floating Hospital for Children

We will also have a brief talk and panel discussion including an individual personally affected by these changes to DACA or TPS.
Closing remarks by Joyce Sackey, MD, Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health, Tufts University School of Medicine

Sponsored by the Center for Global Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tufts Floating Hospital for Children