Post-Deportation Human Rights Project

Over the past decades, 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, 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.


Important note on legal representation:

Please note that the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project (PDHRP) is no longer 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.

New inquiries may seek legal help with the assistance of the following resources:

As to its cruelty, nothing can exceed a forcible deportation from a country of one's residence, and the breaking up of all the relations of friendship, family, and business there contracted.
Fong Yue Ting v. United States, 149 U.S. 698, 730 (1892) (Justice Field, dissenting)