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Here is your reminder that there are over 700 events this Saturday to promote returning the over 2300 immigrant children separated from their parents. Find the one near you at https://www.familiesbelongtogether.org/ CSWA encourages all members to support this crucial effort. Keep in mind some advocacy agencies are suggesting that protests NOT occur at the shelters where children are being housed. The police need to be called for crowd control, prevent attorneys and others from meeting with the children, and further traumatize the children.
Here is a summary of what else you can do to support getting families reunited:
Call the following numbers with the message below:
DHS main number: 202-282-8000
DHS Public Comment line: 202-282-8495
HHS main number: 877-696-6775
HHS Office of the Secretary: 202-690-7000
“I am a member of the Clinical Social Work Association and live in [your state]. Please make all efforts to get immigrant children reunited with their parents immediately and give them all due process in determining whether they are eligible to stay in the US.”
Now that the President has agreed to reunite families, we must keep up the pressure on the Administration to follow through. It is not too late to call your legislators with the above message as well.
As always, let me know when you have made your calls.
Laura Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice
Clinical Social Work Association
The National Voice of Clinical Social Work Strengthening IDENTITY | Preserving INTEGRITY | Advocating PARITY
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