Tova Walsh & Michael J. MacKenzie

Tova Walsh is an assistant professor of social work at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michael J. MacKenzie is a professor of social work, pediatrics and psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Child Well-Being. They study the impact of stress and trauma on child and family well-being, and interventions to mitigate the impact of trauma and support healthy child and family development. 

Recent Articles

Americans Are Complicit in Border Camp Abuses

The conditions at border detention facilities provide irrefutable evidence of the child maltreatment that President Trump commits in our names—and state officials need to take action to end the cruelty.

Last week, the House Oversight and Reform Committee held the first of two hearings on the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant minors. Members of Congress who recently visited immigration detention facilities at the border and the Department of Homeland Security’s acting inspector general provided testimony that confirmed recent accounts of children being held in appalling conditions.These conditions initially came to light after attorneys visited the border patrol stations in Clint and McAllen , Texas, in mid-June and revealed that the health, safety, and well-being of children were threatened by the abysmal conditions there. When we teach social work students how to recognize signs of possible child abuse and neglect, we acknowledge that maltreatment is sometimes well hidden and difficult to discern. But sometimes cases of child maltreatment are very clear: If a state child protective services investigator came to your home and saw you treating kids the way the...