Human Rights and Policy: Exploring the Need for Trauma-Informed Evaluations in Asylum-Seeking Processes
News of trauma across the globe is highly prevalent in today’s mainstream media, with an intense focus on the worldwide refugee crisis. The UN Refugee Agency
estimates that, as of 2016, there are approximately 22.5 million refugees that have been forcibly displaced from their homes.
ISTSS Statement on the Importance of Keeping Families Together
ISTSS is concerned about the impact of removal of immigrant and asylum-seeking children from their parents and caregivers, as has been the recent practice and policy in the U.S. Decades of research and clinical knowledge have repeatedly demonstrated that the relationship with a parent or primary caregiver is critical to a child’s sense of self, safety, and trust. Separation from caregivers during stressful and traumatic situations can cause irreparable harm in itself and often has longstanding and severe effects on children.