Pediatrician and activist Marsha Griffin describes herself as a “megaphone” for children and families who cross America’s southern border. She has doubled down since the election of Donald Trump.
At the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector, 4,842 families were apprehended in December of last year. Griffin, co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Immigrant Health Special Interest Group, and her colleagues penned a policy statement detailing the “egregious conditions” faced by detainees at processing centers, and its long-term mental health toll. The statement offers a rallying cry for immigration attorneys and doctors to collaborate and tackle "what is truly a human rights violation," Griffin says.