AFTA joins the people of New Zealand in mourning the senseless loss of life and heinous injuries suffered by the Muslim community in Christchurch, New Zealand.  We acknowledge that this terrible slaughter was committed and justified in the name of racist, xenophobic and Islamaphobic ideology. We condemn the actions of the man who murdered these people and call upon all governments across the globe, including our own, likewise to condemn white supremacist ideas and acts.

White supremacist terrorism killed 50 people and injured 50 more at the two mosques in Christchurch, on Friday, March 15th.  As systems thinkers and people who work with and for families, AFTA recognizes that systems of power and oppression determine the liberties we are afforded and denied, as well as the abuses we are protected from and subjected to.  We fervently implore the global community to insist on safety and freedom from harm for families of all faiths.

Sarah Berland, LCSW                                    Victoria C. Dickerson, Ph.D.
Family Policy/ Human Rights Chair            President