This week, AWM Program Director Allison Sansone chats with award-winning NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff. This conversation took place September 3rd, 2020 and was recorded live via Zoom.
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“The reason [Juan and José] let me tell their story was because he had the same questions I did. How did this happen and how can we prevent it from ever happening again?”
“And when I say ‘it’ I want to be specific. American Academy of Pediatrics called this government-sanctioned child abuse. Physicians for Human Rights called this torture, what the American government did.”
“I set out to write this book to answer questions that I couldn’t answer for myself.”
“I always took this assignment as one of literally thousands of versions of this story that I think ultimately should be told. Every person who was separated has a story. All the officials involved in this policy have a story.”
“There were career officials who almost at every opportunity tried to stop this from happening. It was the Trump administration officials who kept pushing back and kept pushing forward.”