SPAN Statement on Action to End DACA

What are 800,000 lives worth?   Economists say that ending DACA and putting its 800,000 participants at risk of deportation could cost the U.S. economy $200 billion, with Medicare/Medicaid contributions dropping $24 billion a year by denying the Dreamers the right to work legally.   The social impact is just as profound, with young people…

Children and a Violent World

JD worked hard all his adult life to transcend his tough start, building a life that had all the trappings of happiness and success. As a boy his father had terrorized the family.  Although their dad was never overtly violent towards the kids, JD and his siblings had spent nights cowering together, hiding from the…

Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?

“Why doesn’t she just leave?” Have you ever asked yourself what this question really means for a survivor of domestic violence and their children?  It is all too easy for us to ask, assume, judge.  The more difficult, complicated thing to do is to examine the reality of leaving for many survivors.  The reality is,…