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The IRC responds to new U.S. family separation figures

​Reports that even more children were separated than previously thought comes on the heels of the death of the fifth Guatemalan child in U.S. custody on Monday

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds this afternoon to the latest revelations on U.S. family separations and the ongoing situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ellen Beattie, Senior Director Program Quality & Innovation, US Programs –

“It’s with great humanitarian concern and sadness that the IRC learns that the Trump Administration likely separated even more children from their families than the government had previously self-reported.

“This revelation underscores the cruelty shown toward those impacted by the administration’s family separation policy. A policy that harms the lives of vulnerable children.”

On Monday Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez became the fifth Guatemalan minor to die in U.S. custody since December – a deeply tragic testimony to the lack of urgency and humanity on the part of the administration to address these issues.

Beattie continued, “The U.S. has both the capacity and resources to humanely and effectively offer protection to people in need. Instead, the administration’s continued negligence is having drastic and, indeed, life-threatening consequences.”

The IRC calls upon the U.S government to swiftly adhere to its promise to reunite all families separated by its policies, including the more than 1,700 additional children who we now know may also have been separated from their families. 

About the IRC

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.