Act with University Settlement to Protect Human Rights

Jun 25, 2018 | Written By: Melissa E. Aase

The Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy and the resulting family separations are reprehensible. Our decades of work with families and in mental health make us particularly familiar with the damaging, multifaceted effects of the trauma being inflicted on innocent lives.

In these moments of heartbreak, fear, and anger, we remain committed to our mission and values. We will come together with our neighbors to denounce discrimination, build communities of inclusion and grassroots power, and hold eachother accountable for reaching and serving those who are feeling especially isolated, at-risk and impacted.

University Settlement was founded on progressive values and will not waiver in our commitments to social justice and human community. We'd like to remind you: regardless of immigration status, we welcome and champion for the rights of ALL individuals, children and families. 

Action steps you can take with us:

March - Join us at the Rally and March to End Family Separation on Saturday, June 30th. We'll meet at 9:30AM on the NE corner of Church St. and Worth St. in front of Chase Bank. See fliers for details.

Support - We'll begin handing out safety cards to ensure individuals know we are a safe place to turn to regardless of immigration status. Please help us disperse them and post the large version on or near the doors of your site.

Encourage individuals to reach out for support and ensure they know their rights. Children who have experienced separations from their caregivers have unique mental health needs that our highly trained providers understand and can appropriately meet.

Call - Contact your representatives. Numbers are available here and in all of our centers.

Connect - Stay connected and abreast of actions we'll be taking by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Share your thoughts using #FamiliesBelongTogether!

Want to get involved with University Settlement in our commitments? Do you or a loved one need support or a safe place to turn? Contact


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