The trauma endured by children separated from their parents at the border — many of whom are fleeing chaotic or violent circumstances back home — will devastate them psychologically for years to come, experts say.
…Inside those facilities, children are devastated: an audio clip published by ProPublica captures the sounds of children sobbing for their parents, begging to be allowed to call a family member.
“It is a form of child abuse,” Dr. Colleen Kraft, head of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told CBS News after she’d spent time in a Texas facility where kids under 12 are being held.
Kraft said she was told staff members there weren’t allowed to hug or hold crying children at the facility to comfort them.
…Every interaction a child has with adults lays the groundwork for their identity and sense of self, so that doesn’t bode well for children in a setting where they’re reportedly not even allowed to be hugged, Kinder said.
“What we say to them, what we do, how we look at them, how we interact with them — all of those interactions add up to a sense of self,” she said. “I can promise you that these interactions are laying neural pathways that are not positive.”