I am deeply concerned about the present and future well-being of children and have long been advocating on their behalf on the national and international stage. I have been concerned about a range of issues, from lead-poisoned children in Flint, Michigan to the millions of children who are among the 65 million refugee and displaced persons world-wide. Most recently I have been working on the crisis affecting migrant children and families separated at the U.S. Southern border, as well as the consequences of slow disaster recovery on the mental health and education of children.
I am particularly concerned about children in crisis – those who live in poverty and must contend with adversities ranging from poor access to health care and lack of quality educational opportunities, to persistent racial disparities and barriers that interfere with a clear pathway to success. I am committed to doing everything I can to make sure that every child has an opportunity to survive, succeed and thrive.
Disaster Response & Recovery
I believe it is crucial for our national security, and the health and safety of all Americans, to create and implement the best possible strategies and policies for the prevention of, response to, and recovery from, disasters ranging from natural catastrophes to terrorism. We must continue to focus on devising and adopting new policies that enhance disaster resiliency for citizens, social and physical infrastructure and government.
I am particularly concerned with the harmful effects of disaster response and recovery on vulnerable populations - especially children - before, during and after major disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, pandemics and terrorism.