Families are at the heart of our work, and this week has been a difficult one as stories continue to break about the separation of families at the United States-Mexico border. We know you all have your own little ones to look after, so here are some quick links to keep you in the loop:
1. What’s happening? The New York Times created this explainer which covers how the administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy combined with a 1997 consent decree has led to the separation of minors from their parents.
2. Where are the children? Officials have been tight lipped about where children are being held. However, we do know that some children are being sent to foster care and many are being housed in facilities across the country. A recent ProPublica recording inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility provides some insight into the conditions there.
3. Who decided this? According to one picture, no women or people of color.
4. How do I explain this to my children? One woman uses fictional stories to help her kids understand.
5. What can I do? If you would like to donate, here is a list of organizations that support families and provide legal aid. You can also contribute to the global conversation using the hashtag #FamiliesBelongTogether on social media or join in on a march June 30th.
Comprehensive immigration reform is complicated, but we hope this has provided a little clarity on what’s happening.
To leave off with some good news, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern just became the second elected world leader in modern times to give birth in office, and coincidentally (we can’t make this up!), the new baby shares a birthday with the late Benazir Bhutto who was the first woman to do so in 1990.
Ali Feldhausen is a writer, illustrator, Mindr intern, and advocate for care work, basically all the work done in the home. Not yet a mama, she hopes to use her passion for this field to create both policy and individual level changes that help everyone be happier and healthier.