Family Separation Trauma Sustained by Asylum-Seeking Children and Parents Persists After Reunification, Medical Study Finds

2021Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)

A new study analyzing the mental health impacts of family separation finds that children and parents seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border experience severe psychological trauma even years after reunification. The Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) study provides the first-ever qualitative analysis of the mental health effects of the forced family separation policy and shows further evidence of the “zero tolerance” policy’s detrimental effects on the mental health of impacted families.

Key wordsasylum / asylum seekers / family reunification / forced migration / refugees