Category Archives: Children

New Op-Ed: How Scapegoating Immigrants Hurts All Workers

New Op-Ed: George Goehl, How Scapegoating Immigrants Hurts All Workers, The Nation, June 19, 2018.

“When people are so dehumanized that forcing kids to sleep in kennels becomes acceptable, the value of life for everyone goes down.”


Immigrant Family Separation Collection: news coverage, volunteer/giving links, and responses conservative disinformation

MoralsIf you follow my twitter feed (@EzraRosser) you know the family separation at the border really bothers me (it may be connected to the fact that my wife and children are Salvadorans, but I think there are plenty of non-personal reasons to be upset about what we have become). I decided it would be worthwhile to do a post that collects a lot of the news coverage, volunteer/giving/protest information, and responses to the conservative disinformation that is trying to obscure just how evil the Trump administration’s family separation policy is. My op-ed from last week in The Hill is here. But there is a lot coming out about the policy, conditions, and horror so I hope this small collection effort helps people sort through everything. If you have things that would be good to add, please email me and I will add things. It is broken down into sections: A. Overview of the Policy, B. Coverage of Conditions and ICE Practice, C. Responses to Conservative Disinformation, D. Volunteer/Giving/Donation Opportunities, E. Protest Information, and F. Additional Responses.

A. Overview of the Policy

B. Coverage of Conditions and ICE Practice

Not sure how to classify this. . . justifications given by Trump administration officials:

C. Responses to Conservative Disinformation

D. Partial List of Volunteer/Giving/Donation Opportunities (Thanks to Jayesh Rathod!) (if you would like to add more, just email me).

E. Protest Information (Thanks to Jayesh Rathod!)

F. Additional Responses 



New Op-Ed: At the border, my son was taken from me

asylummotherNew Op-Ed: Mirian G., At the border, my son was taken from me, CNN, May 29, 2018.


New Report: Children in Pretrial Detention: Promoting Stronger International Time Limits

New Report: Juvenile Justice Advocates International, Human Rights Center at The University of Minnesota School of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Clinical Program, Children in Pretrial Detention: Promoting Stronger International Time Limits (2018).

New Op-Ed: Trump’s brutal policies target the most vulnerable Americans

New Op-ed: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Trump’s brutal policies target the most vulnerable Americans, Wash. Post, May 15, 2018.

Call-for-Papers: Including Children and Adolescents in Progress for the SDGs: Understanding and Addressing Exclusion among Poor Children

Call-for-Papers: Including Children and Adolescents in Progress for the SDGs: Understanding and Addressing Exclusion among Poor Children, The New School, New York, USA, Oct. 11-12, 2018.

New Article: The School-to-Prison Pipeline’s Legal Architecture: Lessons from the Spring Valley Incident and Its Aftermath

New Article: Josh Gupta-Kagan, The School-to-Prison Pipeline’s Legal Architecture: Lessons from the Spring Valley Incident and Its Aftermath, 45 Fordham Urban L.J. 83 (2017). Abstract below:

This Article examines the 2015 Spring Valley High School incident – the high-profile arrest of a Columbia, South Carolina high school student for “disturbing schools” in which a school resource officer threw her out of her desk – to identify and illustrate the core elements of the school-to-prison pipeline’s legal architecture, and to evaluate legal reforms in response to growing concern over the pipeline.

The Spring Valley incident illustrates, first, how broad criminal laws transform school discipline incidents into law enforcement matters. Second, it illustrates how legal instruments that should limit the role of police officers assigned to schools (school resource officers) can direct their involvement in situations that school officials should handle without law enforcement. Third, too few diversion programs are operated by schools, leading to law enforcement involvement as a means to access such programs. Fourth, prosecutors too rarely exercise discretion to screen out charges that are ill-suited for juvenile court involvement.

The Spring Valley incident helped catalyze promising, but incomplete, legal reforms in South Carolina. Some reforms have caused some important successes – most notably, the Richland County (Columbia) Sheriffs Department’s school resource officers have cut school-based arrests of teenagers significantly. Statewide, a bill has passed one house of the legislature to narrow the scope of disturbing schools. A new state regulation limits when schools may refer misbehavior to law enforcement. Reforming all aspects of the pipeline’s legal architecture would lead to broader and more lasting change.

Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences issue dedicated to poverty

Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences issue dedicated to poverty, Volume 4, Issue 2, February 2018 pp. i-176. Contents below and articles are available for free as PDFs. Summary news coverage here.

4(2)pp. i–iii
4(2)pp. 1–19
4(2)pp. 22–42
4(2)pp. 43–73
4(2)pp. 74–90
4(2)pp. 91–112
4(2)pp. 113–130
4(2)pp. 131–160
4(2)pp. 161–176

News Coverage: “Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys”

News Coverage: Emily Badger et al., Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys, N.Y. Times, Mar. 19, 2018. [Note this is a very well done article with amazing graphics. Worth checking out and sharing with students.]

New Article: “Shifting the Scope: How Taking School Demographics into Account in College Admissions Could Reduce K-12 Segregation Nationwide”

New Article: Thomas Scott-Railton, Shifting the Scope: How Taking School Demographics into Account in College Admissions Could Reduce K-12 Segregation Nationwide, 36 Yale Law & Policy Review 219 (2018). Abstract below:

Deepening racial and socioeconomic segregation is producing unequal educational outcomes at the K-12 level, outcomes that are then reproduced in higher education. This is particularly true as rising competition among colleges has led many of them to focus increasingly on measures of merit that correlate with income and as parents and students adjust their behavior in light of those metrics. While existing affirmative action programs at colleges provide some counterweight to this dynamic, they are limited by institutional (and constitutional) constraints. Out of concern for revenue and rankings, many colleges are constrained in the number of students from low-income backgrounds they are willing to admit. Such a limited scope is not inevitable, however.

If colleges were to give a substantial admissions bonus to applicants who had attended K-12 schools with at least a certain percentage of low-income students, higher education could become a force for countering inequality at the K-12 level, instead of reproducing it. College admissions policies serve as a crucial reference point for parents, students, and educators on down through K-12. By rewarding applicants for attending socioeconomically integrated schools, colleges would mobilize the resources of private actors across the country towards integration. The benefits of this would be significant, especially for students from low-income families who would have an increased chance of attending integrated K-12 schools as a result. Such a policy would also help colleges better foster diversity on campuses, as more students would have had prior experience in integrated settings.

This Note explores the ongoing problem of K-12 re-segregation, argues that by adopting this policy colleges could work to promote integration, examines how such a policy could best be designed to do so, and addresses why such a policy would be constitutional. At a time when educational inequality is on the rise, there is an urgent need for new affirmative action proposals that can combat segregation and do so within colleges’ existing constitutional and institutional constraints. The policy proposal advocated in this Note would do both, interrupting key elements of the present vicious circle.