ADVISORY: Sen. Tina Smith and Early Childhood Experts to Hold Press Call on the Impact of Family Separation on Children

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, June 13, the Center for American Progress will be hosting a press call with experts and researchers on children’s health and development to discuss the impacts of family separation on children. The issue has garnered more attention in recent weeks on the heels of a new Trump administration policy to separate children from their parents—many of whom are fleeing dangerous communities and seeking asylum in the Untied States—at the border.

This call will take place the day before the Families Belong Together national day of action, which will bring together tens of thousands of people across the country for marches, rallies, and vigils to protest the separation of children from their families and the administration’s new zero tolerance policy. Just last month, this new policy led to the separation of more than 600 children in just one 13-day period.

Please email Colin Seeberger at to RSVP and receive dial-in information.



Katie Hamm, Vice President, Early Childhood Policy, Center for American Progress


Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), Lead Author of the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act


Karen Olness, Professor Emerita of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University; Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University Steinhardt

Megan Gunnar, Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Child Development at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

1:30 p.m. EST

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Colin Seeberger at or 202-741-6292.