TED Talk: Dean Zayas on child separation at the US-Mexico border

uis H. Zayas speaks at TEDSalon: Border Stories, September 10, 2019 at the TED World Theater, New York, NY Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Luis H. Zayas speaks at TEDSalon: Border Stories. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED


How does psychological trauma affect children’s developing brains? In this powerful TED talk, Steve Hicks School of Social Work Dean Luis H. Zayas discusses his work with refugees and asylum-seeking families at the US-Mexico border. What emerges is a stunning analysis of the long-term impact of the US’s controversial detention and child separation policies — and practical steps for how the country can do better.

Watch the TED Talk.