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Register for DWN-sponsored web training event on parental rights

July 27, 2012

Artwork by Thanh D. Nguyen

Parental Rights at Risk: Strategies for Preserving Family Unity in the Face of Detention and Removal

July 31, 2012 at 3:00-4:30 pm EST/12:00-1:30 pm PST 

Please join the Applied Research Center, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and the Women’s Refugee Commission for a FREE web based training on steps you can take to protect the parental rights of parents facing detention and removal.


Immigration enforcement, detention and removal have had a sweeping impact on family unity and parental rights.  Over 46,000 mothers and fathers of US citizen children were removed in the first six months of 2011, and an estimated 5,100 children are currently in foster care because one or both of their parents have been detained or removed. If removals continue at their current rate, 15,000 more children could enter the system in the next five years.

Few protections exist to safeguard parental rights once a parent is caught up in the immigration enforcement system. Parents who are apprehended are often unable to make care arrangements for their children, leaving children in unstable and often dangerous situations while a parent is detained thousands of miles away. In other cases, mothers and fathers have lost permanent custody of their children because they are unable to participate in child welfare proceedings while detained or after removal.

This training will equip participants with tools and strategies to help immigrant families preserve their family unity in the face of detention and removal.


  • Seth Freed Wessler, Applied Research Center
  • Lindsay Marshall, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
  • Emily Butera, Women’s Refugee Commission
  • Gretchen Kuhner, El Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración

Moderator: Wendy Cervantes, First Focus


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We look forward to having you join us on July 31st.

The event is being held with the generous assistance of the Detention Watch Network.

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