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Post-Deportation Human Rights Project

Each year since its founding in 2006, PDHRP has received a growing number of calls and emails from deportees and their family members.  Still, we are only able to provide information to a tiny fraction of the more than 400,000 people who are deported each year.  Deported individuals face numerous and steep hurdles in obtaining information about the consequences of their deportations and about any possible lawful avenues of return to the United States.  Of those deportees who contacted us this past year – more than 200 people from over 50 countries – the vast majority had been deported many months, and usually years, before finding our project.  Until finding us, most individuals who contacted us had not been able to locate legal resources or assistance regarding options for post-deportation relief. 

Participants in the conference

Draft Declaration on the Rights of Expelled and Deported Persons

Following the May 2014 conference, we made further revisions and additions to the draft document, including a change in the name.  The Declaration on the Rights of Expelled and Deported Persons is now available, in its draft form, here.  We will continue reviewing commentary and suggestions and revising the text.

Conference on Draft Convention on Rights of Forcibly Expelled Persons

On May 1-3, 2014, the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project hosted a major conference on a Draft Convention on the Rights of Forcibly Expelled Persons with leading scholars from around the world as well as people who work with the deported.  Read more about the conference here and see photos of the conference here.

The Migration and Human Rights Project’s 2015 Annual Report.

English | Spanish.

For older annual reports, click here.

Project participants working


Over the past decade, immigrant communities in the U.S. have been subjected to an increasing range of systematic human rights violations, including arrest without warrants, incarceration without bail, and deportation without regard to family ties, length of residence in the U.S., or other humanitarian factors.

The Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, based at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, is designed to address the harsh effects of current U.S. deportation policies. The Project aims to conceptualize 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, policy analysis, human rights advocacy, and training programs. The ultimate aim of the Project is to advocate, in collaboration with affected families and communities, for fundamental changes that will introduce proportionality, compassion, and respect for family unity into U.S. immigration laws and bring these laws into compliance with international human rights standards.

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Post-Deportation Human Rights Project
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459

Phone: 617-552-9261
Fax: 617-552-9295

Please note that as of June 1, 2016, the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project (PDHRP) will no longer be conducting intake interviews. We will not be taking on new cases for representation, nor will we be providing consultations to assess whether a deported individual may have any legal remedies available.  

Existing PDHRP clients and attorneys seeking assistance with a post-deportation case may continue to contact us using the information above.