Trauma at the Border
This short film exposes the emotional, psychological and physical damage that can be done when children are imprisoned – even with their families.
Childhood trauma, like imprisonment and family separation, provokes long-lasting implications caused by high levels of toxic stress. Short term damage can present with depression, anxiety, developmental delays, and autism-like symptoms; long term damage presents as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Through the expertise and first-hand observations of current American Academy of Pediatrics president, Dr. Colleen Kraft, and her pediatric colleagues: Dr. Lanre Falusi and Dr. Nathalie Quion viewers are confronted with the heartbreaking reality that these innocent, traumatized children are unwilling participants forced to endure the consequences of the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policy.
Dr. Colleen Kraft, MD, MBA, FAAP
- B.A. Virginia Tech
- M.B.A University of Cincinnati
- M.D and Pediatric Residency, Virginia Commonwealth University
- President, American Academy of Pediatrics
Dr. Lanre Fallusi, MD, FAAP
- B.S. Virginia Commonwealth University
- M.D. University of Virginia School of Medicine
- Pediatric Residency, Children's National Medical Center
- Past President, Washington D.C. Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Dr. Nathalie Quion, MD, MPH, FAAP
- Co-chair, Committee on Immigrant Children, Washington D.C. Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
- Pediatric Training, University of Texas, Houston and University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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- Find a march near you at familiesbelongtogether.org
- Get involved with the Defund Hate campaign, which calls for Congress to divest from agencies that tear families apart and invest instead in programs that prioritize the wellbeing of communities of color and low-income people.
- Contact your elected officials at 5calls.org to make your voice heard.