Position Statement Regarding Practices Separating and Detaining Families and Restricting Travel
In accordance with the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) Code of Ethics, the Executive Committee of the ADTA Board of Directors denounces recent policies and practices that separate children from their families, detain families and/or deny basic human rights. Per our Code of Ethics:
- 6.0: Dance/movement therapists promote social justice with a recognition that a just society contributes to individual, family, and community health.
- 6.0.a: Dance/movement therapists cultivate awareness of and address oppression and disparities in power and privilege, resulting in barriers to wellness, at individual, institutional, and societal levels. Dance/movement therapists advocate for equitable access to services and culturally competent care.
As dance/movement therapists, we are aware of the trauma and likely long-term consequences associated with these recent practices. Thus, we categorically oppose any legislation or practice that:
- separates families
- holds families in detention
- bans travel based on country of origin or religion
While the current administration has announced an end to their policy of separating children from their families at the border, families fleeing violence are still being criminalized for their attempts to survive. Further, the majority of the 2,000 children separated from their families have yet to be re-united.
The ADTA is non-partisan. We are, however, pro-children, pro-families and pro-basic human rights and dignity. Our Code of Ethics requires us to speak out in the face of practices we know are damaging to the fundamental well-being of individuals, regardless of their country of origin. We urge this administration to educate themselves on the generational impact of their policies and to remediate their course of action immediately before further damage is inflicted.
Margaret Migliorati, President
Jody Wager, Past President
Paul Sevett, President-Elect
Leslie Armenioux, Secretary
Vicky Wilder, Treasurer
Charné Furcron, Multicultural and Diversity Chair
Jessica Young, Education Chair
ADTA States Opposition to State Bills Targeting LGBTQ Citizens
The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) unequivocally states our opposition to recent state laws, both existing and proposed (SB 1556/HB 1840), which while advocating “religious freedom” in actuality promote discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.
The ADTA, since its inception, has demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of social justice and the protection of diverse cultures from misuse of power and privilege, discrimination and prejudice.
The ADTA reminds our members that our Code of Ethics and Standards ADTA Code of Ethics obliges us to respect multicultural diversity (section 2.3) and promote social justice; “Dance/movement therapists promote social justice with a recognition that a just society contributes to individual, family and community health” (section 6.0). Our ethical code rests on the principles of justice, beneficence, respect and veracity compelling our professional behavior to reject the kind of discrimination put forth by these laws.
Mental health professions across the United States prohibit unfair discrimination against clients. Read more here: