We stand in full support of our national organization, Mental Health
America, in condemning the separation of young people from their loved ones
at the border (their statement is listed below). The traumatic effects of
detachment of a child from a parent at a young age have been well

I don’t care what side of the aisle you sit in or where you stand on
immigration, this act is devastating not only to the families directly
impacted but also to the fabric of our entire country.


MHA Joins Leading Nonprofits to Condemn Border Atrocities

By Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO

“Today, I joined nonprofit colleagues from around the nation in condemning
the horrifying actions being taken by our government to separate young
children from their parents at our southern border. As a mental health
advocate, I recognize that these children and families were already
subjected to major trauma when they arrived at our border. They often
experienced violence we can only imagine in their towns and villages. They
were subjected to the daily trauma of making their way north along unsafe
roads and pathways to reach the safety of our border. Now, we are
subjecting them to another horror. We are tearing families apart when they

“Credible reports have surfaced that the conditions to which we are
subjecting these children and families are both cruel and inhumane. The few
videos we have seen support this conclusion. Some administration officials
have made false claims that they have been forced to treat children this
way. This is dishonest. It distorts reality. This cruelty has a profound
effect on the mental health of children and their families. Repetitive
trauma does short- and long-term damage.

“Elected officials cannot claim to be sympathetic to the mental health
needs of any population if they neither take immediate action to correct
this situation, nor acknowledge the harm being done to thousands of
children. All of us who signed this statement have worked closely with –
and have admiration for – many members of both parties. Both parties need
to step up – now – and fight for the principles on which our country was
reaffirmed by President Lincoln – that we act with malice toward none and
charity toward all.”

The text of the full coalition statement.

Glenn Liebman, CEO

Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.