Purpose/Objective

The Deportation Global Information Project aims to gather, organize, and make accessible data and scholarship regarding the phenomenon of deportation around the world and the challenges and obstacles faced by deported and expelled persons and their families in order to increase awareness of and facilitate discourse and comparative analysis on this topic.

On our Research & Scholarship tab we have compiled a large amount of resources on the topic of deportation and post-deportation.  Such resources include academic scholarship from a variety of disciplines (law, social sciences, psychology, etc.) as well as reports issued by state governments, nongovernmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and the media.  Each resource has been “tagged” with one or more categories and is searchable by category as well as by continent or country.

Our resource page is not meant to be exhaustive on the topic of deportation and post-deportation.  Rather, its purpose is to highlight foundational as well as emerging scholarship.  If you would like to suggest additions, please do so through our contact page.

Background

The project is based at Boston College’s Center for Human Rights & International Justice.  Since 2006, the Center has focused on the rights of deported individuals through its Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, created with the aim of conceptualizing a new area of law, providing direct representation to individuals who have been deported, and promoting the rights of deported individuals and their family members through research, policy analysis, human rights advocacy, and training programs.  In the past decade, important strides have been made in the U.S. legal system towards advancing the rights of deported individuals, including the wide recognition by federal courts of the ability of deported persons to challenge their deportations based on new or newly available information.

However, deported and expelled persons continue to face countless and sometimes seemingly insurmountable obstacles around the world.  The information, data, scholarship, and resources collected here aim to increase awareness and facilitate discourse and comparative analysis on this topic.

 

Contact

Professor Daniel Kanstroom and attorney Jessica Chicco oversee the project.  Please feel free to reach out to us with questions, feedback, and suggestions for additions to the website!

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