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Philanthropy California Statement On Family Separations

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

As Philanthropy California, we join our partners in philanthropy, along with advocates and immigrant communities, in calling for an end to the practice of separating children from their parents as part of the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Our nation has long been a place of promise of safety and respite from harm.  Today, for thousands of children and their families, that promise has been replaced with peril. Separating children from their parents inflicts unnecessary trauma on children that can cause lasting harm. (See the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2017 policy statement regarding child health impact of separation). The current practices at the border are an affront to the shared values of decency, humanity, and compassion that underpin our work in philanthropy, and that we believe to be fundamental to a civil society.

This is one of those pivotal moments in history when it is important for all of us to speak up for what is right – to demand that all children and families, regardless of their immigration status, be treated with compassion, humanity, and respect.  

To learn more about the current situation and how you can respond, join us and Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for a webinar on Wednesday, June 27 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST. You can register for the webinar here.


Christine Essel
President & CEO
Southern California Grantmakers
    Nancy Jamison
    President & CEO
    San Diego Grantmakers    

Ellen LaPointe
President & CEO
Northern California Grantmakers    



June 25, 1018
Philanthropy CA Statement on the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune Ad

The following is a statement by Philanthropy California regarding an ad placed by Philanthropy CA and other philanthropic organizations in the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune on June 24, 2018:

The picture of a crying child that we and others have featured over the past week depicts the trauma and human rights violations facing immigrant and refugee families at the U.S. border due to current policies. While this child was fortunately not separated from her parents as thousands of others have been and still are, we stand by our shared commitment to protecting families and protecting human rights.




Additional Resources

The following is a non-exhaustive list of resources regarding the federal government's immigration policies separating families of immigrants.




Host an event in your community or join your neighbors to support immigrant families on June 30. You can learn more here.



Show your support on social media with the hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether and #KeepFamiliesTogether.


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