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Three Refugee Mothers Forcibly Separated from their Children File Class Action to Address Trauma Inflicted by Government

Keep families together artworkComplaint Seeks Immediate Family-Centered Mental Health Services for Families Separated at the Border Due to Psychological Trauma and Severe Harm Inflicted by the U.S. Government’s Family Separation Policy.

July 12, 2018

COMPLAINT AVAILABLE HERE

MEDIA CONTACTManny Rivera, 323.892.2080

Three refugee mothers who were forcibly separated from their children by the United States Government have filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The complaint seeks immediate family-centered mental health services for families separated at the border due to psychological trauma and severe harm inflicted by the government’s family separation policy. This is the first class action filed by migrant parents that is supported by expert declarations from over a dozen of the nation’s leading child trauma experts. The mothers are represented by Public Counsel and Sidley Austin LLP.

The three mothers had previously filed a motion to intervene in the Flores case. In light of rapidly changing legal developments, and in discussion with mental health experts, it was decided the most effective approach for securing timely mental health services was for the three refugee mothers to file a class action and to withdraw their motion to intervene.

June 25, 2018

Three refugee mothers who were forcibly separated from their children have filed a Complaint in Intervention in United States District Court for the Central District of California. The complaint seeks to allow the mothers to intervene in the ongoing implementation of the Flores Settlement Agreement—a decades-old court settlement that governs the federal government’s procedures for detaining refugee children.

Press Release Available HERE

Artwork courtesy of Nicolas Lampert, Justseeds.org – artwork available HERE.