USD School of Law Seeks to Stop Trump Administration from Separating Children

The USD School of Law's Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI) and Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) are actively engaged in efforts to stop the Trump Administration's regrettable practice of separating children from their migrating or asylum-seeking parents at the U.S.- Mexico border.

CAI has joined an amicus curiae brief filed with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, in a pending case challenging this practice. CPIL and CAI are also submitting federal Freedom of Information Act requests to six federal agencies, seeking information that will help expose the scope and impact of this practice on the children and families involved.

CAI's interest in this matter stems from its 29-year history of advocating on behalf of children and youth before all branches of government. Conducted through offices in San Diego, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C., CAI's research and advocacy component seeks to leverage change for children and youth through impact litigation, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and public education.

CAI's efforts are multi-faceted — comprehensively and successfully embracing all tools of public interest advocacy to improve the lives of children and youth. 

CPIL, established in 1980, has been working to protect and advance a reality where every person is protected by a Government that is transparent, ethical, and accountable for nearly 40 years. We harness the power of the law to institute positive social change and train future public interest lawyers to do the same.  

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Pamela Gray Payton
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