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Johns Hopkins to Host Sept. 17 Panel on Family Separations

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a panel discussion, “Separated: Children at the Border, A Health and Human Rights Perspective,” on Monday Sept. 17.

Over the last few month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection separated hundreds of families who crossed the U.S. border from Mexico, many of whom were seeking asylum in the United States. In some cases, U.S. border officials failed to return children to their families promptly after parents were released, some were actually deported from the U.S. without their children. Although a recent executive order halted the separations, many children still have not been reunited with their families.

Panelists will discuss the potential short- and long-term health implications of family separation on children and their families. Issues of human rights law together with comparisons to other countries’ practices will be discussed.

The event is sponsored by the Bloomberg School’s Center for Humanitarian Health, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, the Office of Public Health Practice and Training and the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.


  • Dr. Colleen Kraft, president, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Mr. Eric Schwartz, president, Refugees International
  • Mr. George Escobar, chief of programs and services, CASA de Maryland
  • Dr. Paul Spiegel, director, Center for Humanitarian Health


  • Dr. Josh Sharfstein, vice dean, Public Health Practice and Community Engagement

Noon – 1:15 p.m. ET

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sommer Hall, E2014

615 N. Wolfe Street

Baltimore, MD 21205

The event will be live-streamed from the event page and is open to the public.

Registration required. Space is limited.

To register, contact Ms. Ashley Boston at aboston7@jhu.edu.