About the 2018 Rio Grande Valley Research
Human Impact Partners (HIP), in collaboration with La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), conducted a health impacts study to determine what happens to child and family health when a simple encounter with law enforcement snowballs into potential detention and/or deportation. We researched the effects on the health of children, parents, and families who live in the Rio Grande Valley when they live in fear of a parent or household loved one being deported, or if they’ve already experienced forced family separation as a result of deportation.
The work in this report was made possible by funding from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Health Impact Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Martha Ockenfels-Martinez, MPH
Sara Satinsky, MCRP, MPH
Jonathan Heller, PHD
In partnership with Tania Chavez, MBA, MA, Abraham Diaz, Esther Herrera, Cristina Leal, Marco Lopez, Martha
Sanchez, John-Michael Torres, Juanita Valdez-Cox and LUPE staff.
Human Impact Partners and La Unión del Pueblo Entero. October 2018. The Effects of Forced Family
Separation in the Rio Grande Valley: A Family Unity, Family Health Research Update. Oakland, CA.