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Children in Harm's Way: Criminal Justice, Immigration Enforcement, and Child Welfare

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January 31, 2013

By Wendy Cervantes, Yali Lincroft, Susan D. Phillips, Ph.D., The Sentencing Project, Alan J. Dettlaff, MSW, Ph.D., Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago, and Lara Bruce, MSW, Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver

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Children of immigrants are one-fourth of America's children and the fastest-growing group of children. Federal immigration enforcement policy and the criminal justice system have created new problems for children already facing exceptional challenges. First Focus and the Sentencing Project, two organizations with very distinct missions, partnered 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 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.

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