Month: November 2018

How Family Separation Continues Through Mass Incarceration

By Lila Katch, age 13 When looking at President Trump’s decision to separate families at the border, it’s easy to pretend that something like this will never happen again. However, this ignores the millions of families across the nation that are currently unjustly separated due to mass incarceration. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, 2.3 …

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Family Separation Along the U.S.-Mexico Border May Have Ended, But What Now?

By Lukas Azcurrain, age 12   On June 20th, Donald Trump signed an executive order stating that migrant children who are trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border will no longer be separated from their parents, and can only be detained for 20 days. This executive order only solved a fraction of the problem. Parents who …

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Indigenous Boarding Schools Separated Native American Children from Their Families and Forced Them to Assimilate

By Clare Amann, age 13   In 1945, at the age of 6, Bill Wright, a Patwin Indian, was sent to Stewart Indian School in Nevada. He was given a name that was different from the one chosen for him at birth and forced to assimilate to the American school system and lifestyle. He told …

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After Slavery Separated Families, People Went In Search of Lost Loved Ones

By Nylu Bridges Bernshtayn, age 13   Slavery began in what is now the United States in 1619 and ended in 1865 when the thirteenth amendment was ratified. During that period, families were torn apart and family members were sold into slavery. “About one-third of enslaved children in the upper South experienced separation either by …

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