Rosario Quiroz Villarreal and Isabel Coronado Release Statement on New Family Reunification Task Force – Next100
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Rosario Quiroz Villarreal and Isabel Coronado Release Statement on New Family Reunification Task Force

The new task force will locate and reunite children forcibly separated from their parents under the Trump administration.

With the February 2 news that the Biden administration will create a task force to locate and reunite the children forcibly separated from their parents at the Mexico border, Rosario Quiroz Villarreal and Isabel Coronado, Next100 policy entrepreneurs, released the following statement:

“We have been counting down the days for President Biden to officially announce his promised task force to reunite all children forcibly removed from their parents at the Mexico border under the Zero-Tolerance policy. The trauma these families have endured is a national tragedy in need of an urgent and thorough response. We appreciate President Biden mandating an interagency response that requires four agency heads to be involved in rectifying the immediate crisis, that the task force will be delegated sufficient staff, and that it will provide recommendations to prevent this cruelty from occurring again. The task force has much work ahead of it, but with the collaboration and guidelines outlined in the order, the 628 children will be reunited with their families. We hope to see all the children reunited with their families as quickly as possible, and that they are granted free and ongoing mental health services, legal status to remain within the United States, and access to all public services.”  


Rosario and Isabel previously released a report on the public health impacts of the Trump administration’s family separation policy, as well as policies that can prevent this horrible practice from ever happening again. Read the full report here

About the Authors

Portrait of Rosario Villarreal, she has straight black hair, tortoise shell glasses, and a wide smile.
Rosario Quiroz Villarreal Education + Early Years

Rosario Quiroz Villarreal is an advocate for immigrants and students. Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, Rosario understood that her parents made sacrifices in moving to a new country in order to secure better opportunities for the future. At Next100, Rosario focuses on protecting the rights and access to education of immigrant students, creating more culturally inclusive classrooms, and interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Portrait of Isabel Coronado. She has straight brown hair, festive earrings, and a red blazer.
Isabel Coronado Criminal Justice

Isabel Coronado is a citizen of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation. Her clan is the Wind Clan, and her tribal town affiliation is Thlopthlocco Tribal Town. At Next100, Isabel is focused on creating policy aimed at reducing the generational cycle of incarceration in Native communities, after witnessing the effects firsthand.

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