Our Statement on Family Separation

Mental Health Partnerships (MHP) is shocked and horrified by the atrocities and human rights violations happening to families and children attempting to cross the United States southern border. Michael Brody, President and CEO of MHP, released the following statement in response:

“The traumatic events that the children and families are experiencing will impact their mental, physical and emotional health for years to come. Separating young children from their families, and forcing them to live in cages, will have long lasting effects on the parent-child relationship, and the children’s ability to form attachments. Extensive research shows the negative impact that trauma and toxic stress have on the brain despite the resilience of children, including experiencing symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Of course, it would be hypocritical of us to condemn the practices happening at the border and not condemn the same practices happening within our own criminal justice and child welfare system. In all areas of practice, this policy must stop.

MHP strongly believes that every person deserves to be treated with kindness, dignity and respect, and demands that the Administration take immediate action to end this barbaric practice, and reunite the over 2,300 separated children with their families”.  

To voice your concerns about these policies, please call the United States Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.