Sulzberger Colloquium featuring Ajay Chaudry

Protecting the Developmental Well-Being of Children of Immigrants in an Era of Harsh Immigration Policy

February 28, 2019
12:00 PM-1:30 PM

One in four children in the U.S. live with at least one immigrant parent. Their development and well-being are at considerable risk from harmful federal policy changes and the pervasive climate of fear these have engendered. There is robust evidence that suggests public safety-net benefit programs-including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program-have substantial positive impacts on youth development.

In this presentation, Ajay Chaudry will give an overview of the impacts on children and youth development of 1) pre-existing policies on program benefit use and 2) the enforcement climate and tightening restrictions on legal immigrants’ access to public benefits. He will also discuss some of the policy responses states have adopted to potentially mitigate these adverse impacts.

Chaudry is a public policy expert who is currently a research scholar at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and conducts policy research and analysis on child poverty, children’s well-being and development, the social safety net, and early childhood services.  Chaudry served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2012-15) in the administration of President Barack Obama, and as the Deputy Commissioner for Early Childhood Development at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (2004-06). He has also been a senior fellow and director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute (2007-12), and a faculty member at the New School for Social Research (1992-2004). He is the author of Putting Children First: How low-wage working mothers manage child care and co-author of Cradle to Kindergarten: A new plan to combat inequality. He received his A.B. from Columbia University, and M.P.P. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.