Nearly 440,000 immigrants have been detained in immigration detention facilities in the United States. A record number of migrant children—almost 15,000 now—have been detained for nearly a year, and the trauma of the experience—toxic stress, depression, sexual abuse—will affect them for the rest of their lives.

On January 24, 2019, NYSHealth hosted “A Conversation About the War on Immigrants: Detained and Denied,” featuring a panel discussion on the safety, rights, and health of immigrant detainees.

Panelists were:

  • Laura F. Redman, Director, Health Justice Program, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • Joseph Shin, M.D., Co-Medical Director, Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights, Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Lauren Quijano, Community Organizer, Health Justice Program, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Note: The event recording is muted from 1:00:49 for the privacy of our guest speaker.


If you are a medical provider, organizer, or attorney interested in getting involved with the medical providers’ network, which combines these areas of expertise to help those in immigration detention, please e-mail community organizer Lauren Quijano at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Find out more at NYLPI.org.

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