APA Statement on Proposal to Lengthen Detention of Child Migrants


From the American Psychological Association: “Following is the statement of American Psychological Association President Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, in response to the Trump administration’s proposal to detain migrant children beyond the 20 days allowed by current law:

‘We are dismayed that the administration continues to place the mental and physical health of migrant children and their families in jeopardy. Holding children — even with their parents — in these federal facilities for longer than the 20 days allowed by current law is unacceptable. Research has shown that immigrant detainees are particularly vulnerable to psychological stress. Furthermore, the longer the detention period, the greater the risk of depression and other mental health symptoms for immigrants who were previously exposed to interpersonal trauma.'”

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