Deportee International Justice

Deportee International Justice

The Deportee International Justice Campaign demands that foreign governments defend their nationals in the deportation process. We launched the campaign by convening a Consulate Roundtable in New York with over a dozen consulates who represent our nationals. We dialogued for months thereafter and surveyed the consulate on how they facilitate the deportation process. At our 2nd Roundtable, we presented three recommendations to countries receiving deportees: provide services to nationals facing deportation; prevent illegal deportations; and intervene in cases of abuse. We have traveled to our nation’s capital and abroad with these recommendations. On the 10-year anniversary of the 1996 immigration laws, we took buses of families to Washington DC. During this Grassroots Nationwide Mobilization, we visited several embassies.

 

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Recommendation One: REQUIRE NOTIFICATION OF ARRESTS AS PROVIDED FOR BY THE VIENNA CONVENTION

Persuade all law enforcement agencies (including the Department of Corrections) to notify all arrestees of the rights of foreign nationals to contact their consulates.
Mandatory notification consulates should insist that law enforcement agencies contact them immediately upon discovering that an arrestee is a foreign national.
Insist that law enforcement notify consulates before sharing information about detainees with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).     
Develop a pocket card informing nationals of their right to contact the consulate upon arrest and distribute it to nationals.

Recommendation Two: TAKE ACTION ONCE A NATIONAL IS ARRESTED

Inform arrestees that criminal convictions—even pleas to misdemeanors—may have potential immigration consequences and that they should obtain legal representation.
Implement a standard written policy that details the actions that a consulate is required to take immediately upon notification that a national has been arrested.  These actions should include:

Provide all arrested nationals with a written warning about the potential deportation consequences of a conviction.  Include self-help resources.
Communicate with the arrestee or family members to help them obtain information or legal representation.


Recommendation Three: TAKE ACTION WHEN A NATIONAL IS DETAINED BY IMMIGRATION

Provide all detained nationals with deportation assistance resources immediately when they are detained.  The materials should also explain the deportation process.

Prevent ICE from transferring detainees to distant locations where consulates would be inaccessible.

Provide an 800 number for detained nationals to contact their consulate.

Implement a standard written policy that details the actions that a consulate is required to take immediately upon notification that a national has been detained by immigration. 

These actions should include:

Always provide family members with information about a detained national’s location and alien registration number (A#).  Consulates can locate a detained national more quickly than his or her family.

Write letters of support for nationals who would suffer hardship due to illness or other reasons if deported. These letters can help convince government lawyers to exercise prosecutorial discretion in favor of a national, or convince judges in immigration court to grant discretionary relief.

In the Media
February 13, 2012
On a sweltering afternoon in the heart of bustling downtown Monrovia, Moriba Kamara’s bony, chafed hands shake as he talks about his months inside a Liberian maximum-security prison. “I didn’t sleep. I was always afraid.” He feared he would not make it out alive and was constantly thinking, “Maybe this is the place [I’ll] be taken to be assassinated.” Kamara’s eyes well up as he remembers how “the whole day we [were] locked up, the whole night we [were] locked up. We had no access to go to recreation, nothing.” He and his fellow prisoners were forced to defecate in a bucket inside their cell, which often overflowed. “I got dysentery,” he recalls. “I tried to talk to the prison director to take me to the hospital, but they said no.” Kamara was one of twenty-two deportees expelled from the United States to Liberia in December 2008 by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Some had served time in US jails for minor offenses. Others, like Kamara, had committed no crime. But for reasons that were unclear to them, all were labeled a security threat upon arriving in Liberia’s capital city.

Financial Handbook for Families Facing Detention & Deportations

Financial Handbook for Families Facing Detention & Deportation

This is resource with information on protecting your assets and benefits when you are facing detention and deportation.

Handbook Chapters

1. Overview and Introduction  
2. Managing Your Bank Account
3. Power of Attorney  
4. Maintaining your Credit  
5. Protecting your Credit  
6. Forwarding Your Mail  
7. Receiving Packages in Detention  
8. Receiving Money in Detention
9. Traveling with Money
10. Getting Bond Money Back
11. Social Security Benefits and Deportation
12. Social Security Benefits and Detention