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Family Separation and Reunification Efforts
The parents of 666 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border still haven't been found. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will host a discussion on the catastrophic human toll of the U.S. administration’s family separation policy and ongoing efforts to reunite families, including the policy’s many implications on the health for migrant parents and children, how the pandemic has slowed reunification and legal efforts, and what steps are being taken to reunite families and ensure these violations of basic human rights never happen again.

Panelists will be:

*Jacob Soboroff is a correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC and one of the first journalists to report on the impacts of the family separation policy, for which he received the 2019 Walter Cronkite Award and the 2019 Hillman Prize. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Separated: Inside an American Tragedy (published July 2020).

*Rebeca Sánchez Ralda, JD is a Guatemalan human rights lawyer and member of the Justice in Motion Defender Network. She maintains a private law practice in Guatemala City focused on family law and the rights of children and adolescents.

*Lee Gelernt, JD, MSc is a civil rights lawyer at the ACLU, and is the lead attorney in the lawsuit that successfully challenged the Trump administration's family separation practice, Ms. L. v. ICE. His work on the case is featured in the documentary, "The Fight."

*Kirandeep Kaur, DO is a psychiatrist who has provided psychiatric evaluations of separated and reunited mothers with PHR's Asylum Network at the Dilley, Texas, family detention center, as well as advocated with PHR at the Department for Homeland Security against family separation.

The conversation will be moderated by Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, PHR senior medical advisor and Asylum Network member and trainer, professor of family medicine and interim chief public health officer at Georgetown University.

Please submit questions for panelists’ consideration to webinar@phr.org.

Dec 4, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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