16 Squares : Government-Assisted Family Separation from a Mother’s Perspective

Sixteen squares together tell a story in etched text and footprints of a mother’s confrontation with
authorities who are there to separate her from her child and take one or both of them from their native
place. From at least the beginnings of slavery in this country through the treatment of immigrants
within our borders today, people have been and continue to be separated and uprooted as those in
control give greater weight to their political and economic interests than to the bonds of family and
home. These bonds are heartbreakingly severed all too frequently. This piece questions why we have
allowed that to continue.