“The suffering and trauma inflicted on these little children and parents is horrific,” Lee Gelernt, the ACLU’s lead attorney in the family separation lawsuit, said in a statement. “Tragically, it could take years for these families to heal. Some may never recover, but we are fighting to give them a chance.”
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Arizona, names current and former Trump administration officials and claims the government violated the rights of the separated migrant families. The ACLU said the suit, which is seeking damages for the families, covers families separated from 2017 to the present day.
In addition to violating their rights, the separations left families highly traumatized, the ACLU said.