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Taking Children: A History of American Terror

New England Law Professor, Dina Haynes, joined historian Laura Briggs and novelist Valeria Luiselli, for a discussion surrounding the topic of child separation in the United States.

From the slavery auction block to boarding schools for Native children and more contemporary practices that penalize Black, Native, Latinx, and poor families, the removal of children from their families has long been a strategy of political and social control. The three panelists addressed the long history of policies of family separation in light of the current anti-migrant federal policy on the southern border of the United States. They also highlighted modes of organizing and resistance to such policies—through activism, legal strategies, storytelling and culture-making, and mutual aid.

A recording of the much anticipated event, Taking Children: A History of American Terror, is available to stream on YouTube.