Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

United States of America Post-Deportation

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Deportation Research Clinic

www.cics.northwestern.edu/programs/deportationresearch/
The Buffett Center, Northwestern University
902 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-4005, the US
Tel: +1 (847) 46 72 093
Email: jacqueline-stevensatnorthwestern [dot] edu

The Deportation Research Clinic studies the misconduct of federal, state, and local agencies implementing deportation laws. Working with a global network of lawyers, law professors, scholars, and journalists, the Deportation Research Clinic: 

  • uncovers, investigates, and analyses geographical and policy "hot spots" of misconduct among law enforcement agencies implementing deportation laws
  • works with communities in Illinois and beyond to discover and test new legal, political, and economic strategies to prevent and ameliorate the harms U.S. residents endure because of misconduct by government officials during deportation proceedings
  • has special expertise on the unlawful detention and deportation of U.S. citizens

FURI - Family Unification & Resettlement Initiative

www.familyunification.net/
Family Unification & Resettlement Initiative, Inc. New York
144 West 127 th Street, New York, New York, 10027
Tel: +1 64 66 98 21 72
Fax: +1 64 66 98 21 73
Email: familyunifathotmail [dot] com

FURI is a non-profit organisation founded by Carmeta Albarus-Lindo, LCSW in May 2002 which since its establishment has been engaged in the reintegration of deported individuals. They have assisted persons facing deportation as well as those who have been deported to Jamaica from countries such as the US, Canada and the UK. Ms Albarus-Lindo is a forensic social worker with 20 years of experience working within the criminal justice system in the United States. Based on her work on behalf of immigrant clients, Ms Albarus-Lindo saw the need for services that can help such clients adjust positively to deportation. Given her Jamaican roots, Ms Albarus-Lindo was concerned primarily about the impact of deportation on Jamaican nationals as well as the impact that displaced persons can have on Jamaica’s development. She was inspired to start FURI , so as to help deported persons plan for a better tomorrow by focusing on the need to improve their own lives as well as the need to contribute to the development of their home countries.

FURI aims to assist in the reintegration of deported persons by collaborating with other service agencies. FURI has an office in New York and in Kingston, Jamaica. Assistance may be provided through various services including :

  • Accommodations/Shelter referrals
  • Employment/Vocational counseling and training referrals
  • Drug /alcohol abuse rehab referrals
  • Health care referrals
  • Counseling
  • Re-connection with family
  • Help in obtaining National ID, TRN, etc.

Kino Border Initiative 

www.kinoborderinitiative.org/ 
Contact person: Ms. Ivette Fuentes, Office Assistant - Nogales, Arizona
Tel: +1 (520) 28 72 370
Email: ifuentesatkinoborderinitiative [dot] org

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organisation that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.  Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through humanitarian aid, education and research/advocacy. The Kino Border Initiative staffs two programmes that respond to the critical humanitarian needs of deported migrants:

Aid Center for Deported Migrants (CAMDEP – Initials in Spanish)

The CAMDEP provides two meals a day to migrant men, women and children deported to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, as well as clothing and hygiene products. In addition, the CAMDEP staff assists with abuse documentation and case management services.  Furthermore, CAMDEP provides space to other groups such as San Toribio Romo Migrante, A.C., No More Deaths, and the Samaritans so that they may offer assistance to migrants and deported persons that need help with making phone calls to family members, searching for missing persons, and receiving money from their families for their immediate needs.

Nazareth House

Nazareth House is a shelter for migrant women and children, to respond to their vulnerability in the streets of Nogales, Sonora. It is a safe space where women and children can bathe, eat, sleep, call their families and reflect on their experience. 

Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, Boston College 

www.bc.edu/content/bc/centers/humanrights/projects/deportation.html 
Contact persons: Dan Kanstoom, Director 
Tel: +1 61 75 52 08 80 
Email: daniel [dot] kanstroomatbc [dot] edu 

The Post-Deportation Human Rights Project (PDHRP), based at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, offers a novel and multi-tiered approach to the problem of harsh and unlawful deportations from the United States. It is the first and only legal advocacy project in the country to systematically undertake the representation of individuals who have been deported from the United States. The PDHRP aims to conceptualise an entirely new area of law, providing direct representation to individuals who have been deported and promoting the rights of deportees and their family members through research, legal and policy analysis, media advocacy, training programs, and participatory action research.  Our ultimate goal is to introduce legal predictability, proportionality, compassion, and respect for family unity into the deportation laws and policies of this country.

Recently, the Post-Deportation Human Right's Project began an initative to draft a declaration on the Rights of Expelled and Deported Persons. This declaration seeks to define basic procedural and substantive rights for persons who have been expelled by various coercive mechanisms. It describes the corresponding responsibilities of both sending and receiving states. Most significantly, the Declaration recognizes expelled or deported individuals as a cognizable legal class of people with specific, enforceable rights claims that go beyond current immigration laws in many countries. Click here for a draft of the declaration.

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