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Sandra Huerta is a former research assistant at the Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population and is a second-year law student at Columbia Law School. At Urban, she worked on projects related to immigration, early childhood education, and safety net programs.
This Urban Institute-MPI report offers findings from fieldwork in study sites in California, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, and Texas, examining the involvement of families with a deported parent with health and social service systems, and barriers to access. The report finds that economic hardship is highly prevalent following detention and deportation of a parent, while child welfare system involvement is rarer.