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PDHRP News & Updates


  • New PDHRP Practice Advisory on implications of Supreme Court's decision invalidating DOMA. 
  • USCIS created a flowchart to explain the waiver application process for individuals applying for an immigrant visa abroad - you can find it here:
  • New York court holds that individuals can challenge their convictions even after deportation.  PDHRP joined the Immigrant Defense Project in an amicus brief in the case in support of the right to seek post-conviction relief after deportation.  Read the brief here, and the court's decision here.
  • BC Law grad/CHRIJ certificate recipient Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero awarded an Excellence in Pro Bono Lawyering award by the Mass. Lawyers Weekly for his work with the Center’s Post-Deportation Human rights Project.  Story here (on page 22)
  • New article co-authored by Prof. M. Brinton Lykes on parent-child communication on the threat of detention and deportation.  Read the article here.
  • New York federal judge orders federal agencies to conduct search for documents related to alleged policy of returning noncitizens after courts invalidate their removal orders.  Read more here.
  • Post-Deportation Human Rights Project Legal Victory: Family Reunited Nearly Six Years After Mother’s Deportation. Read more here.
  • PDHRP joins New York Immigrant Defense Project in filing an amici brief in support of the ability of individuals who have been deported to pursue post-conviction relief seeking to vacate criminal convictions (People v. Badia).


  • On November 17, 2012, PDHRP hosted a roundtable on a draft International Convention on the Rights of Deportees.  Read more about it here.
  • PDHRP joins New York Immigrant Defense Project in filing an amici brief in support of the ability of individuals who have been deported to pursue post-conviction relief seeking to vacate criminal convictions (People v. Badia).
  • PDHRP wins major victory in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging the "post-departure bar".  Read full story here.
  • Post-Deportation Human Rights Project Legal Victory: Family Reunited Nearly Six Years After Mother’s Deportation. Read more here.
  • Watch two brief videos, "My Asian Americana”  and “Return to Sender”, narrating the stories of Cambodian refugees who were deported to a country they had never been to or left as young children
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy wrote a letter to the Justice Department asking them to clarify the “potentially misleading statement” made by government lawyers with regard to the existence of a policy and practice to assist deported individuals in returning to the U.S. if they win their immigration cases on appeal.  Read the letter and a Wall Street Journal blog commenting on this latest development.
  • On February 24, 2012, ICE issued a memo on returning wrongfully deported individuals to the U.S.  However, the memo falls short of what an effective policy should include, provides no actual procedure to return individuals, and does not cover individuals who prevail on a motion to reopen after having been deported.  Read the press release outlining why the policy is insufficient and a related declaration submitted in response to the government’s use of the policy to oppose a request for stay of removal.
  • A young man who was wrongfully deported, despite a judge's order delaying his deportation so his case could be reconsidered, was killed in a prison fire in Honduras.  This story underscores why we need a system in place to return to the United States those who are wrongfully deported. Read the article here.
  • Center's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project gets federal court victory aimed at clarifying a method of return for wrongfully deported persons.  Read press release here. Read the decision here.


  • Center Associate Director Brinton Lykes and PDHRP Supervising Attorney Jessica Chicco publish “Deportation Policy and Practices in the Obama Administration: “The More Things Change the More they Stay the Same” in Encuentro, the magazine of the University of Central America (UCA) Read the article here.
  • Boston College Post Deportation Project Involved in Major Legal Victory in New York: PDHRP co-authored an amicus brief describing some such cases with which the Project has been involved.  The New York Court of Appeals, in a landmark ruling, held that even deportees outside the US have the right to pursue direct criminal appeals post-departure. Read more about the decision here.
  • PDHRP practice advisory instrumental in educating counsel on successful Post-Departure Bar appeal. Read about it in the American Immigration Lawyers Association publication "Voice" here.
  • PDHRP applauds ABA Support of the Right of Deportees to Reopen their Immigration Cases. Read the statement here.
  • PDHRP signs on to a joint statement by NGO's to the U.N. Human Rights Council condemning the resumed deportations to Haiti.  Read the statement here.
  • PDHRP joins 126 other organizations voicing opposition to the "Secure Communities" program in a letter to Governor Patrick.  Read the letter here.
  • Despite the continuing humanitarian crisis and the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, the U.S. resumed deportations of some Haitians in January of this year.  View a video produced by the New York Times on the hardships faced by deportees in Haiti here.
  • PDHRP submits comments to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on proposed policy of expediting certain requests for waivers of grounds of visa ineligibility.  Read the comments here.


  • Post-Deportation Project Legal Victory:  Haitian Deportee Allowed to Return to the U.S. to Rejoin Wife and Children. Read more here.
  • PDHRP co-founder Professor Daniel Kanstroom and former PDHRP Supervising Attorney, Rachel Rosenbloom, quoted in an article in The Nation discussing problems with the immigration court system. Read the article.
  • Post-Deportation legal victory at the Inter-American Commission. Click here for more.
  • PDHRP Co-founder Professor Daniel Kanstroom appeared on WGBH's "Greater Boston" on August 12, 2010 to discuss merits of the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship. See WGBH Article
  • Law Professor Daniel Kanstroom, founder of BC's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, comments on the 'tsunami' of deportations in the wake of harsh U.S. laws that 'removed discretion and mercy, and reduced judicial oversight'. See New York Times article.
  • Brazilian deportee returns to the United States after legal guidance from the Post Deportation Human Rights Project.
    See Boston Globe article.
  • CHRIJ Associate Director, Prof. M. Brinton Lykes quoted in the Dallas Morning News on status of deported student. Read article.
  • Post-Deportation Supervising Attorney Ms. Maunica Sthanki featured in the New York Times March 30, 2010 article on disabled detainees facing deportation. Read article
  • Post Deportation Human Rights Project’s recent report Keeping Families Connected/Mantiendo a las Familias Conectadas featured in the Huffington Post on February 16, 2010. Read article. 



  • Post Deportation Human Rights Project profiled in Boston College magazine's Fall/Winter 2009 issue. Read article.
  • Temporary Post Deportation Human Rights Directors M. Brinton Lykes and Daniel Kanstroom profiled in The Nation. Click here for article. Read the Article Here
  • Practice Advisory on Post-Departure Motions to Reopen and Reconsider, updated November 2009. Read More Here
  • Supervising Attorney, Maunica Sthanki, presents at the Detention Watch Network Conference in Washington, DC from September 24-26, 2009. Read more here.
  • Daniel Kanstroom quoted in New York Times on September 29, 2009. Read article here.
  • Daniel Kanstroom quoted in article on Haitian deportees in North American Congress on Latin America Report September/October 2009. Read article here.
  • Post Deportation Human Rights Project joins other groups to Petition for Rulemaking seeking appointed counsel in immigration proceedings. Read the petition.
  • Former Post Deportation Human Rights Supervising Attorney, Rachel Rosenbloom is quoted in an article from the in Louisiana. Read the article here.
  • Former Post Deportation Human Rights Project Supervising Attorney, Rachel Rosenbloom's congressional testimony is featured in BC Magazine. Read the article here.
  • Attorney Rachel Rosenbloom, formerly of the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project was cited in an article by the Washington Post dealing with the issue of federal arrests of legal immigrants during raids.  Read the article here.



  • One of the many Guatemalan women detained in a federal raid on a New Bedford factory last year has won the right to stay and work in the United States, thanks to the work the Professor Brinton Lykes and the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project.  
  • With the help of BC's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, a deportee has received what supervising attorney Rachel Rosenbloom cites as an 'extremely rare' permission to return to the US to visit her family.  Click here to read the press release.
  • Prof. Daniel Kanstroom, Attorney Mary Holper, and Attorney Rachel Rosenbloom were all featured in the Spring 2008 issue of BC Law magazine.  Click here to view the articles.
  • Rachel Rosenbloom was recently quoted in an article entitled "Deportation of U.S. citizens: 'It's just the tip of the Iceberg'" in which she addresses the problem of US citizens being mistakenly deported by authorities. Rosenbloom pointed out that stories like that of Pedro Guzman, who went missing for several months after his deportation last May, are hardly unusual. According to Rosenbloom, such cases are indicative of larger problems within the US immigration system.
  • Rachel Rosenbloom was invited to testify before the Immigration Sub-committee of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 13th.  Her testimony covered problems with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) interrogation, detention and deportation practices. Read her written testimony here.
  • Professor Daniel Kanstroom is quoted in a recent New York Times article, "Immigrant Workers Caught in Net Cast for Gangs" which describes how in a recent raid meant to be part of a crackdown on immigrant gangs, 10 of the 11 men arrested had no gang ties.  
  • Prof. Daniel Kanstroom is quoted extensively in the New York Times on the lack of legal protections for the human rights of immigrants in the U.S.  The article is entitled “No Need for a Warrant, You’re an Immigrant."



Inter-American Human Rights Commission considers whether U.S. deportation laws violate international human rights standards:

  • Video of oral argument in Wayne Smith and Hugo Armendariz v. United States of America
  • Amicus brief filed by Post-Deportation Human Rights Project
  • Merits brief filed by Petitioners
  • New Surge in War Against Immigrants Director of the Center, Daniel Kanstroom, was featured in a recent radio broadcast discussing the state and federal immigration policies undertaken within the last year.
  • Senseless Deportations: Rachel Rosenbloom, supervising attorney for the Center's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, published an op-ed piece in the March 25, 2007 edition of Washington Post discussing the U.S.' harsh deportation system.