Christine Ford – whose full name is Christine Blasey Ford – signed a letter with other health professionals demanding that President Donald Trump stop his controversial policy on family separations at the border. She signed the letter as Christine Blasey, and it was used as an exhibit in an ACLU lawsuit against the Trump administration.
Christine Blasey Ford’s letter may stem from her research into “child maltreatment issues.” For example, she is the co-author on a journal article titled, “Does Gender Moderate the Relationship Between Childhood Maltreatment and Adult Depression?” The abstract for that journal – one of many research articles she’s been involved in – reads in part: “In a sample of 5,673 adult Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) patients, the authors employed the Patient Health Questionnaire-8 (PHQ-8) to assess major depressive disorder (MDD) and the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) to assess five different types of childhood maltreatment: emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, as well as emotional and physical neglect.”
Christine Ford burst into the news when she came forward on September 16, 2018 to The Washington Post and revealed that she was the anonymous woman who has accused Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school – accusations that Kavanaugh has strenuously denied. In the interview with The Post, Ford accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down and groping her before she escaped; she says another high school friend of Kavanaugh’s named Mark Judge was in the room. Judge, a D.C.-based writer, previously told The Weekly Standard – before Christine Blasey Ford was named – that the account was false. Christine Blasey Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University, in California.
The Kavanaugh nomination is exceptionally high stakes because he would replace centrist Justice Anthony Kennedy on the highest court. Not much is known about Christine Ford’s politics – such as whether she is a registered Democrat or Republican – because California voter registration look up databases require personal identifying information, such as partial social security number and ID. Her Facebook page and LinkedIn page appear to have been deleted, although it’s not clear when. However, the letter that Ford signed – and her research – give more of a sense of her life’s work and interests intellectually and help flesh out the biography of Kavanaugh’s accuser. U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat to whom Ford came forward previously, released a statement that reads, “I support Mrs. Ford’s decision to share her story, and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation.”
Kavanaugh has said: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Christine Blasey Ford Was One of 5,000 Health Experts Who Demanded That Trump End Family Separation at the Border Immediately
The letter signed by Christine Blasey was also released as a press release on June 14, 2018. “America’s Health Professionals Appeal to Trump Administration: End Family Separation at Border Immediately” it’s headlined. (At the time, the family separation policy was hotly criticized by people on both sides of the political aisle, and Trump eventually said he was changing the policy.)
The press release on the letter says in part: “Thousands of medical voices from across the United States have joined forces with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) to urge the Trump administration to immediately halt the separation of migrant and asylum seeking children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. A letter, addressed to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, signed by more than 5,000 experts across the health and child development fields, and calling for swift action, was delivered today to the administration.”
“It should not be U.S. policy to traumatize children, and especially not as a form of indirect punishment of their parents,” the letter reads.
“Forced separation of children and parents, especially in connection with the detention of a parent, can constitute an adverse childhood experience, which research links with disrupted neurodevelopment, resulting in social, emotional, and cognitive impairment, and even negative intergenerational effects,” the letter adds.
You can read the press release here. It was released by the organization Physicians for Human Rights.
The letter, which is addressed to Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, opens, “As medical and mental health professionals and researchers working in the United States, we are gravely concerned about the Trump administration’s practice of separating migrant and asylum-seeking families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Such a practice is profoundly harmful to children and to families, in addition to violating fundamental human rights. We urge you to immediately end forced separation of families at the border, and instead keep families together in community-based settings while their immigration proceedings are pending.”
The letter also argues, “The intentional infliction of pain on children and their families is not just inhumane, it also fails to meet the stated goals of deterrence. Punishing parents with family separation may cause damage to their children, and it will not change the realities that drove the parents to seek safe haven in the United States.”
It’s signed Christine Blasey, PhD, psychologist. Blasey is Christine Blasey Ford’s maiden name.
The letter was used as an exhibit in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to end the family separations policy. The lawsuit against ICE demanded family reunification. You can read it here.
Christine Ford Is a Professor at Palo Alto University
Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University and teaches in consortium with Stanford University. She has written or helped write more than 50 journals, book chapters, and other articles. One study focused on trauma as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Christine Ford has deleted her social media pages, but an archive of an old LinkedIn page gives these past positions for her:
Consultant. The Brain Resource Company Jul. 1, 2013 – Sep. 1, 2013
Professor Pgsp-stanford School Of Medicine Collaborative Clinical Psychology Program
Consultant. Titan Pharmaceuticals Jan. 1, 2012 – Dec. 31, 2013
Director of statistics. Corcept Therapeutics Pharmaceuticals Jul. 1, 2006 – Aug. 1, 2012
Research psychologist. Stanford University Department Of Psychiatry Research Jul. 1, 2004 – Aug. 1, 2012
Psychologist. Children’s Health Council Mental health care Apr. 1, 1998 – Aug. 1, 2002
Research psychologist. Stanford University Division Of Child Psychiatry Research Jan. 1, 1998 – Aug. 1, 2004
Visiting professor in psychology. Pepperdine University Higher education Sep. 1, 1995 – Apr. 1, 1998
Stanford University. MS, Epidemiology and Biostatistics January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2009
University of Southern California. PhD, Educational Psychology: Research Design January 1, 1991 – December 31, 1996
Pepperdine University. MA, Psychology: Clinical January 1, 1989 – December 31, 1991
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. BA, Psychology January 1, 1984 – December 31, 1988
Holton-Arms School. High School Diploma January 1, 1977 – December 31, 1984
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