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William Monson is a master's candidate in city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying housing and community economic development. Before MIT he worked as a Research Associate II in the Urban Institute's Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. His research focused on issues and policies pertaining to vulnerable populations, and immigrants and urban communities in particular. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in economics in 2011.
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.