ABC stands with community members against family separation

Yesterday we gathered in front of Cayuga Center in NYC – where children forcibly separated from their parents are detained – to join community members in speaking out against family separation. Children, families, and community members shared stories of how family separation and deportation have impacted their lives.

ABC was proud to stand with Movimiento De Mujeres Migrantes y Sus Familias (Movement of Migrant Woman and Their Families) in support of family reunification. The Movement of Migrant Women and Their Families was formed in response to the needs of migrant women and their families who, day by day, gather around the dinner table only to find the empty chair of a loved one who has been separated from them. They demand the right to be together with their loved ones.

“I believe that in this world, we are all migrants. We all share the tradition of welcoming the traveler, making a place at the table,” said Gretchen Buchenholz, Executive Director of ABC. “I am here to bear witness in behalf of all the children and youth forever wounded by forced family separation, by deliberate, inhumane, and unconstitutional acts against the most vulnerable, the least among us, delivering the most painful blows to each child, causing unquestionable and irreparable harm to each one and every family member… We know that they are wounded; pierced, have entered an eternal suffering. Surely, these crimes against migrant families are crimes against all humanity!”

Leny Bolivar, Program Director for ABC's Fast Break Children's Mobile Crisis & Rapid Response Team, spoke with Nadia Torres from Telemundo47 about how family separation harms children.

For more information about Movimiento de Mujeres Migrantes y Sus Familias, please visit their website here. If you'd like to contribute to their campaign, you can learn more and donate here.

NYC Convening on the Future of Child Welfare

This week, ABC—introduced as a gold-standard child welfare advocate—was thrilled to participate in a convening of leaders in the child welfare sector hosted by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, the Sirus Fund, and the Center for New York City Affairs, and moderated by Errol Louis, Political Anchor NY1 News and host of The Road to City Hall. As a panelist, ABC’s Dr. Eri Noguchi highlighted the significant positive impact of evidence-based models in child welfare, providing a framework for both staff and families to understand and work toward shared goals. Dr. Noguchi also emphasized the importance of building a robust system of primary prevention among frontline staff and investing in a stable, highly-trained child welfare workforce. A video of the full convening can be found here, with the panel featuring ABC beginning at 2:17:20. 

Sharing ABC's Work with Danish Representatives

This week, twenty-seven Danish representatives from various organizations including the Danish Ministry of Education, Red Cross, Danish Refugee Council, and public and private schools visited ABC to learn about the organization’s strategies for program quality assurance and impact evaluation. ABC’s leadership shared details on our quality control protocols and the challenges and merits of creating an organization-wide culture of data-informed planning. ABC was thrilled to host the group’s annual visit and share best practices with our partners from across the globe.