Protection, Not Punishment, Needed in NTCA and on U.S. Border

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A STATEMENT FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NOAH BULLOCK REGARDING THE U.S. POLICY OF SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS AT THE BORDER:

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Protection, not punishment, is needed in the Northern Triangle of Central America and on the southern border of the United States. The separation of migrant children from their parents is a cruel measure meant to dissuade Central Americans from fleeing dangerous conditions in their countries by making them fear they will be harmed by the United States government upon arrival.

In 2017, Cristosal provided assistance to 241 children in El Salvador fleeing violence like murder, rape, forced disappearances, and human trafficking perpetrated by gangs, police and military units, deaths squads, and narco-trafficking groups. Referring to Central American countries as “shitholes” and its people as “animals” is dehumanizing language that creates a permissive environment for human rights violations in the Americas.

This is a decisive moment for individuals and communities to defend the inherent dignity of every human being, on any side of any border.

Hannah Rose Nelson