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[liberationtech] Let's reunite the kids forcibly torn from their migrant parents

Catherine Forsman cforsman at
Wed Jun 20 13:58:00 PDT 2018

Thank you for doing this! Let me contact someone I worked with volunteering
after Karina and who has a lot of knowledge about the difficulties of
coordinating separated families. The coordination effort is quite
difficult, but perhaps, even if one child finds their parent, it is worth

Crowdsourcing is a very good way to think about it, and also mapping.

Again, let me see if there is any advice I can gather from organizations
that do this in how it could get off the ground quickly, even if they can
simply let us know best practices.

warm regards,

On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 3:10 PM, Yosem Companys <ycompanys at> wrote:

> Note that I'm doing this in a personal capacity and NOT representing or
> speaking for Stanford in any way.
> This is just to kickoff a conversation...
> Suzanne has obtained a domain name to host a database to keep track of all
> of the kids who have been forcibly removed from their parents. We need to
> track down 10K+ children at 100 shelters in 14 states: http://www.
> zero-tolerance-policy-2018-5.
> As Suzanne suggests, we need to figure out how not to enable stalkers or
> deporting authorities while simultaneously helping the children find their
> parents, and vice versa. Suzanne suggests something along the lines
> of anonymous lost child posting: If tip gets added, connect to legal
> services to screen and verify. She also suggests connecting searching
> parents with legal services and with people who have tips but not involving
> law enforcement.
> Christina suggests finding some good coders to scrape names off news
> articles. There are a lot of names already there.
> Organizations that could help:
>    - *Southwest key*. Christina says that Southwest key has a database of
>    all of the kids but won't provide the info. Does anyone have a good contact
>    there?
>    - *IRAP*. Lina suggests contacting IRAP:
>    Anybody have a contact there?
>    - *ACLU*. Catherine suggests talking to the ACLU. I know we had
>    several ACLU people on Liberationtech but from the tech angle. I don't know
>    whether they're still on the list?
>    - *RAICES*. Candace suggests we talk to RAICES. Anybody have a contact
>    there?
> I reckon that a massive crowdsourcing effort will be needed. Some crisis
> mapping might be useful.
> A question for everyone on Liberationtech and related lists: How does this
> effort get off the ground quickly?
> Thanks,
> Yosem
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