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New Publication via @SentProj: Children in Harm’s Way – Criminal Justice, Immigration Enforcement & Child Welfare

February 1, 2013

via The Sentencing Project:
Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 9.56.32 AMPSTChildren of immigrants are a fast growing population, and the criminal justice system has become a key player in the deportation of their parents.

The Sentencing Project and First Focus, two organizations with very distinct missions, have joined forces to produce a new and timely publication explaining how children are harmed when the criminal justice, immigration enforcement, and child welfare systems converge in a parent’s life.

Children in Harm’s Way [PDF] is a compilation of articles written by leading scholars, policy analysts, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines. It is an essential primer explaining the principles and mechanics of current harmful policies that will help readers understand what is at stake for children in the unfolding discussions on immigration reform.


  • Forward – Mark Mauer, The Sentencing Project and Bruce Lesley, First Focus
  • Introduction – Children in Harm’s Way (Susan D. Phillips, The Sentencing Project)
  • Family Unity in the Face of Immigration Enforcement: Past, Present, and Future (Emily Butera, Women’s Refugee Commission and Wendy Cervantes, First Focus)
  • The Treacherous Triangle: Criminal Justice, Immigration Enforcement, and Child Welfare (Seth Freed Wessler, Applied Research Center)
  • Two-Tiered Justice for Juveniles (Angie Junck, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Charisse Domingo, Silicon Valley De-Bug, and Helen Beasley, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto)
  • Potential Immigration Consequences of State Criminal Convictions (Steven Weller, Center for Public Policy Studies and John A Martin, Immigration and the State Courts Initiative/Center for Public Policy Studies)
  • Immigration Enforcement and Family Courts (David B. Thronson, Michigan State University College of Law)
  • Unanswered Questions about Immigration Enforcement and Children’s Well-being (Alan J. Dettlaff, Jane Addams College of Social Work/University of Illinois, Chicago, and Yali Lincroft, Migration and Child Welfare National Network)
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