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No Coincidence: Black Family Separations Then and Now

Black families faced an incomprehensible level of pain, anger, confusion, and powerlessness during enslavement. Sadly, when speaking with Black families who have had their children forcibly and involuntarily removed by the family policing system today, too little has changed.

We Know Investing In Families Works. Why Are We Still Investing in Harm?

The family policing system’s punitive approach does not – and cannot – ever authentically heal or prevent anything.

Protect the Indian Child Welfare Act

ICWA protects Indigenous kids by keeping them in the care of extended family or tribes whenever possible.

The Power of Co-Opting: Language Is Changing, But Will It Change the Status Quo?

When we call a system that surveils, regulates, punishes, and forcibly separates families a “child welfare system,” we misconstrue that system’s purpose and actions.

upEND Statement on Texas Governor’s Trans Youth Directive

The upEND Movement opposes any efforts made to represent gender-affirming healthcare as child abuse.

Reproductive Justice Demands the End of Family Policing

Communities gathering to abolish the family policing system are continuing the ongoing struggle against reproductive oppression.

upEND’s New Home, New Faces, Same Goal: Abolish The Family Policing System

Houston, TX (January 20, 2022) —– The upEND Movement is beginning the new year in its new home at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and expanding our team. We welcome a new program director and communications manager to join us in our ongoing commitment to building a movement of abolishing the […]

Finding Space to Imagine: How White Supremacy Culture Stifles Creativity

How do we collectively and collaboratively create new ways of supporting and caring for families without replicating the coercive structure, surveillance, and separation in other forms?

The upEND Movement Releases How We endUP: Ideas About How We Can, In Community, Move Towards the Abolition of Family Policing

Washington, DC and Houston, TX (June 18, 2021)—Last year, in the shadow of Juneteenth, which commemorates the day news of emancipation from human chattel slavery reached Galveston, Texas in 1866, and during the tumultuous summer of 2020, we launched upEND—a movement to abolish the child welfare system and center the experiences of Black, Native, and […]

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Reporter from CBS Sunday morning interviews Alan Dettlaff over zoom.

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