Resources for Deportees and Family Members
- Returning to the United States After Deportation (Aug. 2014) (English; Español): A Guide to Assess Your Eligibility (by Post-Deportation Human Rights Project): Information for those who have already been deported and hope to return to the US, permanently or as a visitor. Discusses how to get a copy of your criminal or immigration records, how to determine if you are inadmissible and if that inadmissibility can be waived, and other possible avenues to return. Intended to help you assess your case before speaking to an immigration lawyer.
- Principios Basicos Sobre Detencion y Deportacion (Feb. 2014) (Espanol)
- Deportation 101 Manual (by Families for Freedom) (English, Spanish): Overviews of the criminal justice and deportation systems and immigration enforcement programs, tips and advocacy strategies for people facing or at risk of deportation, local and national resources and referrals, ideas for addressing the needs of immigrant families and communities, discussions on current and future organizing strategies, and analyses of current immigration reform proposals.
- Financial Handbook for Families Facing Deportation (by Families for Freedom) (English): Information on managing bank accounts, protecting credit, obtaining a power of attorney, forwarding email, sending/receiving/traveling with belongings and money, getting bond money back, and securing social security benefits when facing detention or deportation.
- Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation (by Appleseed Network) (English, Spanish): Checklists and information on: key financial items; powers of attorney; unpaid wages; taking money out of the U.S.; managing bank accounts; selling a car; managing a home, rental property, or business; credit card debt; social security and veterans benefits; taxes; assets and benefits of minors; and child custody when facing detention or deportation.
- Financial Literacy Brochures (by Appleseed Network) (English and Spanish): Accessible financial information for immigrants on topics such as: Avoiding Dangerous Loans; Financial Planning; Car Loans; Credit, Debit, and ATM Cards; Home Ownership; ID Needed For an Account; Reducing Your Taxes; and Sending Money Back Home.
- Deportee Reintegration Resources by Country: Organizations have been established in many countries to assist with the reintegration of deportees. Below are some of these organizations that the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project has become aware of through our work. These organizations are not associated with PDHRP, but you may contact them directly to learn more about their services:
Azores (autonomous region of Portugal):
Regional Department for the Communities (Direcção Regional das Comunidades): this government agency has created a handbook for deportees called "A Practical Guide for Returning to the Azores"
Returnee Integration Support Center: Documentation, employment, and housing referrals.
Bienvenido Seas: Documentation, employment, medical care, education, food, clothing and travel assistance.
Returnee Support Group/Church of Christ the King: Counseling, social services in coordination with the professional social aid organization The Frankfurt Verein
Alternative Chance: Counseling, orientation, crisis intervention, job readiness and training, health education, wrongful deportation screening, internet/email classes for criminal deportees.
Groupe d’Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés/Support Group for Returnees and Refugees (GARR): Umbrella group bringing together organizations working with refugees and returnees (with a focus on individuals returned from the Dominican Republic).
Family Unification and Resettlement Initiative: Documentation, housing, employment, drug/alcohol rehab, healthcare, and counseling referrals.
Hibiscus Jamaica: Dedicated to facilitating the reintegration and resettlement of persons returned to Jamaica from the United Kingdom
Digno Regreso: Research around problems faced by deported individuals; assistance with funds, food, and health services to assist deported individuals to return to their communities; legal assistance with regard to employment and education.
International Organization for Migration: IOM is an inter-governmental organization that provides humanitarian assistance to migrants in need and seeks migration policy solutions. IOM publishes Country Sheets that provide information on healthcare, housing, employment, business opportunities and transportation.
Country Sheets are available for: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Congo DRC, Ecuador, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Serbia, Ukraine.
The Post Deportation Human Rights Project can assist deportees and their family members in assessing whether any legal remedies may be available. Individuals seeking assistance with a post-deportation case may contact us.
For those in the greater Boston area, the PDHRP also organizes a number of Know Your Rights Workshops. More information about these and on our local partner organizations may be found here.