ASU Sanford School professor co-authors brief regarding parent-child separations


John Keeney

With more than 2,000 children currently separated from their parents as a result of recent border policies, the U.S. is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. And the scientific evidence is clear that separation between children and parents is harmful to the development of children, families and communities.

Rebecca White, from Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, recently co-authored a brief by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Latino Caucus. Also co-authoring the brief from ASU is Department of Psychology postdoc Daisy Camacho-Thompson. The brief highlights the evidence on harmful effects of parent-child separation and impact of border family separations on U.S. citizens.

“The SRCD Policy Brief stands on the scientific evidence, but I urge us all to stand for human rights.” White said.