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APHA Update on border separations and public health threats

Friday, June 22, 2018  
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We are deeply concerned and outraged over the separation of migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border. This inhumane policy has posed a serious threat to the well-being of these families and carries with it the real possibility of long-term, irreversible health effects.

Since last week, we’ve spoken out by issuing a statement and speaking with the news media, including participating in a news conference with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. We initiated a letter with partners that we sent to the secretaries of the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services outlining our concerns.

While we are aware that the administration has reversed its policy allowing for the separation of children from their caregivers, we remain vigilant and deeply concerned about the serious public health consequences for these families and their communities. The children must be reunited immediately with their families and provided with necessary health and mental health services. The administration must also implement alternatives to what could amount to the long-term detention of families in prison-like conditions.

We will continue to closely monitor this ongoing crisis and to speak for health at every turn.


Dr. Georges Benjamin


Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Executive Director

Georges C. Benjamin, MD

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