As researchers, data analysts, and social scientists, we often reach for facts and reliable information to light our way forward through difficult challenges. Research documents the profound and often irreparable harm caused by childhood trauma, such as separating children from their parents. Evidence also shows us the great economic and social power of women and their families—this power has and can continue to change policy for the betterment of all people.
Research can provide the stable ground where evidence-based decision-making can take root. Over the past few days and weeks, as we have witnessed the humanitarian crisis unfold at the southern U.S. border, a truth that transcends data or fact has emerged: we must do more to ensure that U.S. policies reflect the morality, empathy, and compassion that characterize a just society.
At this pivotal moment in our nation’s history, IWPR stands together with the many researchers and organizations speaking out on behalf of the human rights, health, and well-being of children and families.