Children's Legal Rights Journal


Amanda Scott


In the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, there has been a dramatic increase in Ukrainian family separation. Women and their children were forced to leave their homes and oftentimes their husbands, to seek safety in another country. Family separation was an expected consequence of the war, and in preparation for this disaster, UNICEF trained thousands of people on how to shelter children separated from their families in Ukraine. However, no amount of preparation could have been sufficient to handle the magnitude of Ukrainian family separation that took place within such a short amount of time. Ukrainian family separation has become Europe's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II and was exacerbated by the family separation that occurred at the United States-Mexico border.

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