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Where Have All the Children Gone:

Racism and the Historical Separation of Children

We invite you to join GateWay Community College and the Uncage & Reunite Families Coalition (URFC) for an important series of discussions on the history of family separation policies and practices in the U.S. Please click here to RSVP for any of the days you can attend either in-person at GateWay (IE Building, 108 N 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85034) or online via Webex. There is ample parking space on the 40th street side.

The schedule of events will be as follows:

Abduction of Migrant Children at the Border – Feb. 13, 2024 @ 1pm – 2:30

The previous administration inflicted some of its worst cruelties via the United States immigration and deportation machine during its ruinous tenure. Under zero tolerance policy at least 3,900 children, some only a few months old, were separated from their parents along the US-Mexico border. Although 2,969 children have been reunited with family in the US, nearly 1,000 children are still waiting to be reunited. Victoria Lopez, Advocacy and Legal Director of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will discuss the lawsuit that was won against the administration on behalf of migrant families who were separated. Dora Rodriguez, a local advocate and survivor of the 1980 tragedy in Arizona that resulted in the deaths of 18 migrants fleeing from El Salvador, three who were children, will discuss the trauma and impact of family separation.

Abduction of Native American Children into Boarding Schools – Feb. 20, 2024 @ 1pm – 2:30

Join local experts, Elena Selestewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, and Matthew Skiestewa Gilbert from the University of Arizona, for a discussion on the 408 boarding schools run or supported by the U.S. between 1819 and 1969. The discussion will cover media and state reporting on the widespread physical, sexual, and emotional traumas indigenous children endured during this period, and the legacy of this system in Native American communities today.

Black Family Separation in the U.S. Since the Era of Slavery – Feb. 27, 2024 @ 1pm – 2:30
Co-sponsored by The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Join Professor Alan Dettlaff, author of “Confronting the Racist Legacy for the American Welfare System,” and Bishop Anthony Holt, President of State Conference NAACP, for a dialogue on family separation in the years of slavery. Focus will be on the historical trauma of that separation and the echo of it up to today in foster care for black children.

If you wish to attend any or all of these forums, click here to RSVP and you will receive confirmations for the events you selected via email.

If you have any questions, please reach out to dei@gatewaycc.edu.