In April 2018, the world was mortified to discover the details and human costs of the American “zero tolerance” border policy that left over 5,000 children separated from their families. However, it is easy to forget that the policy existed in less extreme forms since the Bush administration and that nearly two years later, many of these children are still separated. The problem is so large that it is easy to feel hopeless and that you cannot do anything about the situation.
Fortunately, the scale of the problem only inspired Nora Sandigo, the legal guardian of over 2,000 children of undocumented immigrants. As someone who immigrated to the United States during the Nicaraguan revolution, Nora has witnessed many parallels between herself and these children. Prior to the Trump administration, Nora was working with families of undocumented individuals and began to adopt their children to keep them safe while their parents worked through the legal system. As anti-immigrant sentiments intensified, Nora started her own foundation to give children the support they need and continue to advocate for an end to family separation at the border. Her remarkable story demonstrates the significant difference that one dedicated individual can make.
Nora joins hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson to discuss the documentary The Great Mother, the moment she knew she had to take charge, and what everyday people can do to fix the problem.
Download the episode transcript here.
Hosted by Gilad Cohen (founder, JAYU) and Simona Ramkisson, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate producer: Ron Ma.
Image: Gilad Cohen
Theme music created for The Hum by Jeff Morrow.