Trauma as Inclusion
Summer 2022 (89:4) Tennessee Law Review
50 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2022
Date Written: April 5, 2022
This article brings together a historian and law, public health, psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience faculty and researchers to document how trauma is understood across disciplines and how it has developed in U.S. immigration law largely to exclude but increasingly to include migrants whose lives have been uprooted or otherwise impacted by borders. Our aim is to document and assess the progress and the gaps in immigration law’s embrace and understanding of trauma through metrics that include the science of trauma, compassion, and fairness. This analysis is made urgent by the travesty we are witnessing of children ripped apart from their parents and borders completely shut to desperate migrants seeking our protection.
Keywords: Immigration; Law and Trauma; Trauma-informed lawyering; Legal history; Law and Psychology
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