Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Post Deportation Monitoring

Currently our post deportation monitoring project includes organisations in these countries.

Resource Person: Melissa Moeinvaziri, Esq.

Email: melmoeinvaziriatgmail [dot] com

Melissa ("Mel") Moeinvaziri graduated with honors from the S.J. Quinney College of Law and is admitted to the Utah and Federal Bars. She currently works with Perretta Law Office in Salt Lake City, Utah where she focuses on asylum and deportation defense. Prior to law school, Mel graduated with honors from the University of Utah with bachelor degrees in Political Science and International Studies. In 2014, she earned a Master’s of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. There she wrote her thesis on the post-deportation monitoring of rejected asylum seekers. Mel began interning with the Rights in Exile Programme (formerly, the Fahamu Refugee Programme) in the fall of 2013, where she co-managed the Post-Deportation Monitoring Network ("PDMN"). With PDMN she participated in the conference at Boston College to draft the Declaration on the Rights of Expelled and Deported Persons and provided training to the Estonian Boarder Security Academy on Post-Deportation Monitoring. She now serves as a resource person and coordinator of PDMN.

Resource Person: Alessandra Di Cataldo

Email: alessandra [dot] dicataldoatgmail [dot] com

Alessandra is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies from the University of London. She graduated in 2016 from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Arts (Hons) in Arabic and Politics. Alessandra has worked with IRRI's Rights in Exile Programme since 2015, first as an intern, and most recently as co-coordinator of the Post Deportation Monitoring project. She spent her third year of university in Amman, Jordan, where she studied Arabic at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient, and volunteered with Jusoor Syria's online mentoring programme. Alessandra wrote her undergraduate dissertation on the topic of Eritrean and Sudanese refugees in Israel. She currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

What happens to rejected asylum seekers post-deportation is still largely unknown. They might be apprehended by state security and sent to prison, tortured, tried for treason, or even killed.

While evidence is increasing that many rejected asylum seekers who are deported are grossly mistreated in receiving countries, deporting countries do not monitor what happens after deportation. We argue that such deportations can amount to refoulement.

Many organisations that work with rejected asylum seekers pending deportation have long been aware of this problem. Yet most organisations in host countries do not have the capacity to do post-deportation monitoring. Moreover, while organisations in receiving countries are willing to help, they simply do not know when someone is being deported.

This page aims to address these issues. Our team is in the process of identifying and recruiting partner organisations and committed individuals in deporting and receiving countries. These organisations and individuals are compiled in our online directory .

This project has three main goals:

  • to protect and assist rejected asylum seekers post-deportation;
  • to document and report post-deportation human rights violations;
  • and to use such reports to lobby governments in host countries to change their asylum policies.

We envision the database to work as follows:

    1. Before a pending deportation, an organisation that works with the rejected asylum seeker uses our online directory to contact an organisation in the respective country of origin.
    2. The organisation in the host country will provide the organisation in the country of origin or a third country with the information needed to assist the rejected asylum seeker effectively upon arrival.
    3. The organisation in the country of origin or in a third country will assist the deportee upon arrival depending on the organisation’s capacity. Services might include:
  • Airport pickup
  • Legal assistance
  • Advocacy if the deportee is arrested
  • Documentation of human rights violations
  • Sign-posting deportees to organisations providing reintegration assistance.

Throughout the process, we ask all partners to keep our team updated so that we can compile data to be used for reporting and lobbying.

Country Directory

Currently the project includes organisations in these countries. If you or your organisation are interested in being listed in our online directory, please alessandra [dot] dicataldoatgmail [dot] com ( contact us) and provide a brief description of the services you can provide to deportees and your contact details.

Resources

You can find a reading list on the topic here.

Vol Spécial/Special flight

Each year, thousands of men and women in Switzerland are imprisoned without trial or sentence, simply because they stay in the country illegally. They may be deprived of liberty for up to eighteen months before being deported.

Documentary by Fernand Melgar - 2011 - Switzerland – 139 minutes 

Le monde est comme ça/The world is like that

This film follows five of the protagonists in the film 'Special Flight' who are to be deported from Switzerland. Being paperless migrants, they are uprooted from their host country and torn away from their children. Back in Senegal, Kosovo, Gambia and Cameroon, they find themselves totally destitute, excluded from their families, and at risk of abuse and torture. This film is intimate, bearing witness to the brutality of migration policy in Switzerland and Europe.

Documentary by Fernand Melgar - 2013 - Switzerland – 50 minutes

 

Network Discussions

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Resource Person: Dr Jill Alpes
Email: m [dot] j [dot] alpesatvu [dot] nl

Dr Alpes is a researcher at the VU Amsterdam. Her research combines anthropology and law, focusing on the governance of migration. She has recently published on consulate officers in  Social and Legal Studies , migration aspirations in  Identities  and flows of information on migration risks in  African Diaspora .

- See more at: http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/node/1233/revisions/18769/view#sthash.0DOoOtdG.dpuf

Resource Person: Dr Jill Alpes
Email: m [dot] j [dot] alpesatvu [dot] nl

Dr Alpes is a researcher at the VU Amsterdam. Her research combines anthropology and law, focusing on the governance of migration. She has recently published on consulate officers in  Social and Legal Studies , migration aspirations in  Identities  and flows of information on migration risks in  African Diaspora .

- See more at: http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/node/1233/revisions/18769/view#sthash.0DOoOtdG.dpuf

Resource Person: Dr Jill Alpes
Email: m [dot] j [dot] alpesatvu [dot] nl

Dr Alpes is a researcher at the VU Amsterdam. Her research combines anthropology and law, focusing on the governance of migration. She has recently published on consulate officers in  Social and Legal Studies , migration aspirations in  Identities  and flows of information on migration risks in  African Diaspora .

- See more at: http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/node/1233/revisions/18769/view#sthash.0DOoOtdG.dpuf

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