The Deported - Los Deportados

The Deported - Los Deportados Human Rights Watch is documenting and highlighting the stories of recently deported or detained immigrants. If you would like to share your story, please contact us.
English: The US Program of Human Rights Watch works to secure the fundamental rights and dignity of people subject to the authority of the US government. We investigate and expose systemic human rights abuses created and perpetuated by government policies and practices. We give priority to issues affecting vulnerable populations, especially those who are likely to have difficulty obtaining protection of their rights through the political process or in the courts. The information we gather is used to advocate for change at the federal, state, and local levels. Español: El Programa sobre Estados Unidos de Human Rights Watch trabaja para que se garanticen los derechos fundamentales y la dignidad de personas sujetas a la autoridad del gobierno estadounidense. Investigamos y denunciamos violaciones sistemáticas de derechos humanos generadas y perpetuadas por políticas y prácticas gubernamentales. Asignamos prioridad a los temas que afectan a poblaciones vulnerables, especialmente aquellas personas que posiblemente enfrenten dificultades al solicitar la protección de sus derechos a través del proceso político o en la justicia. La información que recabamos se aplica para promover cambios en el ámbito federal, de los estados y local.

The Trump administration has dramatically ramped up immigration arrests inside the US while it scapegoats millions of people by painting them as violent criminals who should be deported. The administration claims it is focusing on serious, violent criminals, but President Trump’s new policies make every unauthorized immigrant a target, regardless of their actual criminal histories. The crackdown is also sweeping in immigrants who are legal residents but who have been convicted of sometimes only minor or old criminal offenses. . Many of the people targeted for deportation have strong family and community ties in the United States. The impact of these arrest and deportation policies is borne by people who in no way present a threat to national security or public safety—including the mothers and fathers of US citizen children, tax-paying employees, and respected community members who are being arrested, locked up, and deported. Our researchers have traveled to interview people who have recently been deported—or are facing potential deportation---since President Trump was elected. These are their stories. If you would like to share your story, please contact us.

Mission: English: Human Rights Watch is seeking individuals with first-hand experience as part of an investigation into the impact on American families when immigrants are deported for criminal convictions. HRW will publish a report on its findings. Our immediate focus is on immigrants who have been convicted of drug offenses, but we are also interested in cases involving other types of offenses. Human Rights Watch does not provide legal representation in individual cases. However, we plan to advocate for changes in US immigration law and policy to ensure that any immigrant facing deportation receives a hearing that includes individualized consideration of all the factors in their case (including family ties, community ties, military service, and other relevant considerations). We also seek to create avenues for immigrants who have already been deported to have a reasonable opportunity to reunite with their families in the United States. Human Rights Watch in 2007 and 2009 produced a series of reports called "Forced Apart." We estimated that from 1997 to 2007, over a million spouses and children, including US citizens, had been forced apart from their loved ones by punitive and inflexible deportation policies for immigrants with criminal convictions. (For more information, see the report links below.) We now plan to update those reports to include data and personal stories involving people who were deported or detained for criminal convictions from 2008 to the present. Personal accounts from individuals and families directly affected by these laws are crucial for an understanding of the impact of these policies on ordinary people. Please send a direct message to us or email Grace Meng, researcher, at [email protected], if you would like to share your experience or if you have any questions. If you would like to keep your identity confidential, we can leave out your name and other identifying details from our reporting. We take our commitment to respecting confidentiality very seriously, as our work depends on earning and keeping the trust of those who share their stories with us. Español: Human Rights Watch desea contactarse con personas que hayan tenido experiencias directas relevantes para una investigación que evalúa el impacto en las familias estadounidenses de la deportación por condenas penales de inmigrantes. HRW publicará un informe a partir de estos hallazgos. Nos enfocaremos, en primer lugar, en inmigrantes que hayan sido condenados por delitos relacionados con drogas, pero también nos interesa recibir información sobre otro tipo de delitos. Human Rights Watch no ofrece representación legal en casos individuales. Sin embargo, nuestra intención es exigir cambios en la legislación y las políticas estadounidenses para garantizar que todos los inmigrantes que puedan ser deportados tengan acceso a una audiencia en la cual se consideren de manera individualizada todos los factores del caso (incluidos vínculos familiares, lazos con la comunidad, si se prestó servicio militar y otros factores relevantes). También deseamos establecer vías por medio de las cuales los inmigrantes que ya hayan sido deportados tengan una posibilidad razonable de reunirse con sus familias en Estados Unidos. Human Rights Watch produjo en 2007 y 2009 una serie de informes denominados “Separación forzosa” (Forced Apart). Según nuestras estimaciones, entre 1997 y 2007, más de un millón de cónyuges e hijos, incluidos ciudadanos estadounidenses, fueron separados de sus seres queridos como resultado de políticas de deportación inflexibles y de contenido punitivo aplicadas a inmigrantes con antecedentes penales. (Para obtener más información, ver los enlaces a informes que se presentan más adelante). En esta oportunidad, nos hemos propuesto actualizar estos informes e incluir información y testimonios individuales de personas que hayan sido deportadas o detenidas por condenas penales desde 2008 hasta hoy. El testimonio personal de individuos y familias directamente afectados por estas leyes es clave para entender el impacto que estas políticas han tenido para las personas comunes. Lo invitamos a enviarnos un mensaje directo o comunicarse por correo electrónico con la investigadora Grace Meng, escribiendo a la dirección [email protected], si desea compartir su experiencia o si tiene preguntas. Si desea que su identidad se mantenga bajo reserva, podemos excluir de la información que publiquemos su nombre y otros datos que podrían facilitar su identificación. Consideramos fundamental nuestro compromiso de respetar la confidencialidad, dado que nuestro trabajo depende de obtener y mantener la confianza de quienes nos transmiten sus historias.

HRW is at the US/Mexico border - follow the blog and meet the people behind the headlines.
11/30/2018
At the Border

HRW is at the US/Mexico border - follow the blog and meet the people behind the headlines.

Hunger, trafficking, exhaustion, death; those are some the risks faced by Central American migrants during their journey. Whether they joined caravans or trekked alone, why would mothers, children, fathers and brothers risk so much to leave their homeland? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing...

Human Rights Watch
10/03/2018
Human Rights Watch

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The Trump Administration has merely changed the way children are harmed.

The proposed settlement doesn’t correct all the harm inflicted on all families.
09/16/2018
US Reaches Agreement in Family Separation Cases

The proposed settlement doesn’t correct all the harm inflicted on all families.

After the Trump administration was slammed with lawsuits for separating migrant children and parents at the border, the US government has agreed to allow many of these parents, whose asylum claims were rejected, to reapply.

A devastating development.
09/09/2018
Trump Administration Seeks to Detain Children Indefinitely

A devastating development.

Trauma, suicidal feelings, dangerously inadequate medical care. These are only some of the harms that immigrant mothers told Human Rights Watch their children were experiencing in US family detention centers, before a federal judge ruled in 2015 that children detained with parents must be released w...

This 21-month-old child died soon after the Trump administration held her and her mom in a family detention center.
08/30/2018
Mother Sues over Death of Toddler Released from US Immigration Detention

This 21-month-old child died soon after the Trump administration held her and her mom in a family detention center.

A Guatemalan mother detained with her toddler this year in Texas is suing authorities for the child’s death, citing “unsafe conditions, neglectful medical care, and inadequate supervision" in family immigration detention.

12/18/2017
Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Fighting for a Clean Dream Act Live From Capitol Hill!

Human Rights Watch with United We Dream:

United We Dream, the largest immigrant-youth led network in the US, is pressing Congress to pass a Dream Act before the end of the year. Human Rights Watch will be live from their camp on Capitol Hill lawn to discuss the Trump administration’s increased deportations of deeply-rooted immigrants - as documented in our recent report, The Deported -- and why it is urgent for Congress to act now to begin the process of protecting from haphazard and cruel immigration enforcement those who have made their home in the US.

Call your member of Congress and tell them to commit to passing a Dream Act before the holidays: 478-488-8059

12/07/2017
Human Rights Watch

Please watch and share this video of Melissa Barcenas, who is now struggling to take care of four kids on her own after her husband, David, was deported after almost 30 years in the US! #DREAMActNow #HeretoStay The full report on the stories of 43 immigrants deported under Trump can be found here: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/12/05/us-devastating-impact-trumps-immigration-policyhttps://www.facebook.com/HumanRightsWatch/videos/10155872633724354/

You come to the US as a two-year-old with your family.

You grow up, get a job, have a wife and kids who love you.

You get pulled over for driving with your hazards on.

Just like that, you're deported to a country you barely know, torn away from your family.

That's what happened to David. Now he's separated from his wife and kids, who are struggling to get by without him. And for what?

President Trump's deportation machine at work.

12/06/2017
Human Rights Watch

The Deported http://features.hrw.org/features/the_deported/index.html

You come to the US as a two-year-old with your family.

You grow up, get a job, have a wife and kids who love you.

You get pulled over for driving with your hazards on.

Just like that, you're deported to a country you barely know, torn away from your family.

That's what happened to David. Now he's separated from his wife and kids, who are struggling to get by without him. And for what?

President Trump's deportation machine at work.

11/07/2017
Human Rights Watch

Please view and share widely! Our new @HRW video collaboration with artist Molly Crabapple. #ImmigrantsAreUS!

There are 41 million people living in the #US who weren’t born here. Donald #Trump thinks you should be scared of them. Artist #Molly_Crabapple and comedian #Samantha_Bee tell a different story. #ImmigrantsAreUs

Stop Trump's immigration agenda: https://www.hrw.org/immigrantsareus

10/30/2017
Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Immigrants are under threat by the Trump administration. Take a stand, help our neighbors
Step 1: Purchase an “Immigrants Are US” t-shirt or create your own.
Step 2: Take a selfie while modeling your t-shirt and post it to this page https://www.facebook.com/ImmigrantsAreUS17/ using #ImmigrantsAreUS
Step 3: Share with your friends and wear the t-shirt on Wednesday, November 8, in solidarity with a nation of immigrants.
https://www.hrw.org/immigrantsareus

10/19/2017
The Deported

Determined to see his 2-year-old son again, deported father uprooted from Houston home tells @hrw: “He’s my world.” hrw.org/content/310323

His Children Are Why He Has to Go Back https://www.hrw.org/content/308937
10/13/2017
The Deported

His Children Are Why He Has to Go Back https://www.hrw.org/content/308937

The Trump administration has dramatically ramped up immigration arrests inside the US while it scapegoats millions of people by painting them as violent criminals who should be deported. The administration claims it is focusing on serious, violent criminals, but President Trump’s new policies make e...

Sonia: "Trump shouldn’t kick out people who are just taking care of their families.” https://www.hrw.org/content/310...
10/13/2017
The Deported

Sonia: "Trump shouldn’t kick out people who are just taking care of their families.” https://www.hrw.org/content/310079

The Trump administration has dramatically ramped up immigration arrests inside the US while it scapegoats millions of people by painting them as violent criminals who should be deported. The administration claims it is focusing on serious, violent criminals, but President Trump’s new policies make e...

Separated from 2 daughters after 20 years in the US, Josefina says all she has left is their letters #TheDeported hrw.or...
08/24/2017
The Deported

Separated from 2 daughters after 20 years in the US, Josefina says all she has left is their letters #TheDeported hrw.org/content/308112

Deported after 28yrs in US and close to buying his first home, Ruben just wants to stay with his family #TheDeported
08/16/2017
Blog

Deported after 28yrs in US and close to buying his first home, Ruben just wants to stay with his family #TheDeported

August 16, 20175:00 AM EST Deported After Years Spent Saving for a Home Ruben Rojas was close to fulfilling his dream of buying his first house. But, in less than 10 hours, his dream crumbled. On June 7, around 7 p.m., a group of police officers showed up at his apartment and arrested him. Ruben sti...

Sixteen Years of Hard Work in the US
08/14/2017
The Deported

Sixteen Years of Hard Work in the US

The Trump administration has dramatically ramped up immigration arrests inside the US while it scapegoats millions of people by painting them as violent criminals who should be deported. The administration claims it is focusing on serious, violent criminals, but President Trump’s new policies make e...

Norwalk mother, married to US citizen with two boys, one with spina bifida, facing deportation to South Korea after 20 y...
08/09/2017
Norwalk mother faces deportation to South Korea

Norwalk mother, married to US citizen with two boys, one with spina bifida, facing deportation to South Korea after 20 years in the US.

Jung Courville was told by immigration officials that she needs to report to them by the end of August with a plane ticket to her native South Korea, and to leave the United States by the end of Sep..

"Being without my wife and son is awful," said Jose, deported from US in March. He has nowhere to sleep in Mexico.
08/02/2017
The Deported

"Being without my wife and son is awful," said Jose, deported from US in March. He has nowhere to sleep in Mexico.

Laura's husband, deported in March, was her care-giver, loving stepdad, and grandpa. Laura: "I've got to get him home." ...
07/31/2017
The Deported

Laura's husband, deported in March, was her care-giver, loving stepdad, and grandpa. Laura: "I've got to get him home." https://www.hrw.org/content/307342

The Trump administration has dramatically ramped up immigration arrests inside the US while it scapegoats millions of people by painting them as violent criminals who should be deported. The administration claims it is focusing on serious, violent criminals, but President Trump’s new policies make e...

As familiar as these stories are, each is heartbreaking in its own way. See Ashley Rogers talk about the love of her lif...
07/27/2017
Bardstown father faces deportation after 20 years in the U.S.

As familiar as these stories are, each is heartbreaking in its own way. See Ashley Rogers talk about the love of her life, the father of their children, facing deportation after 20 years.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The love of her life and the father of her children. “It's still kind of surreal,” Ashley Rogers said. Thumbing through the pictures and memories, Rogers says she doesn't even know when her kids will see their dad again. “Have you ever had your heart sink down into your gu...

Deported after traffic stop & 26yrs in US, Diego just wants to return to his family & the life he knows #TheDeported
07/27/2017
The Deported

Deported after traffic stop & 26yrs in US, Diego just wants to return to his family & the life he knows #TheDeported

The mothers being deported by Trump.
07/24/2017
The Mothers Being Deported by Trump

The mothers being deported by Trump.

Trump has portrayed the undocumented as “bad hombres” who threaten the American family unit. But his crackdown has torn some families apart.

So many heartbreaking stories -- Ohio father of four deported today.
07/18/2017
Father of 4 bids farewell before deportation to Mexico

So many heartbreaking stories -- Ohio father of four deported today.

An Ohio father of four had an emotional farewell with his family this morning before returning to Mexico. Jesus Lara Lopez, who worked at a Pepperidge Farm facility in Willard, Ohio, was seen off by family and about a dozen supporters at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport this morning,...

Una madre es deportada después de ser detenida mientras conducía: “Para mí no cambia nada. Tengo que volver para es...
07/08/2017

Una madre es deportada después de ser detenida mientras conducía: “Para mí no cambia nada. Tengo que volver para estar con mis hijos”, dijo, mientras se secaba una lágrima en la mejillahttps://www.hrw.org/es/blog-feed/los-deportados

En una oscura noche de fines de mayo, Rosalinda C., de 29 años, estaba viajando por el Río Grande en un bote inflable....
06/30/2017
Los Deportados

En una oscura noche de fines de mayo, Rosalinda C., de 29 años, estaba viajando por el Río Grande en un bote inflable. Era la única mujer en un grupo de 41 migrantes. Las historias de los migrantes y el impacto de las políticas de arresto y deportación. Proyecto especia #LOSDEPORTADOS

La administración del Presidente Trump ha incrementado drásticamente los arrestos por motivos migratorios en EE. UU., mientras millones de personas son utilizadas como chivo expiatorio al ser retratadas como criminales violentos que deben ser deportados. Aunque el gobierno afirma que se está enfocan...

Human Rights Watch
06/29/2017
Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Rosalinda lived in the United States since age 4. Her son, Justin, cried and begged – “please don’t take my mother!” #TheDeported

Human Rights Watch
06/23/2017
Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Meet José Luis, living in Houston since he was 3 with a valid green card, two scrapes with the law as a young man had remained on his record like hidden time bombs, waiting for the right combination of circumstances to explode. #TheDeported

Meet Sergio. “I was ready to give my life for this country,” he told us. “I still am… it’s my country.” ~ On...
06/20/2017
Army Vet Deported

Meet Sergio. “I was ready to give my life for this country,” he told us. “I still am… it’s my country.” ~ One of the personal stories behind the numbers of Trump's deportation machine.

The Trump administration has dramatically ramped up immigration arrests inside the US while it scapegoats millions of people by painting them as violent criminals who should be deported. The administration claims it is focusing on serious, violent criminals, but President Trump’s new policies make e...

** Español abajo**Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. We scrupulously investigate abuses, expose...
06/19/2017

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Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. We scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.

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Human Rights Watch defiende los derechos de las personas en todo el mundo. Investigamos minuciosamente abusos, exponemos ampliamente los hechos, y ponemos presión sobre quienes ostentan el poder, a fin de que se respetan los derechos y se asegure la justicia. Human Rights Watch es una organización internacional e independiente que funciona como parte de un movimiento vigoroso para defender la dignidad humana y promover los derechos humanos para todos.

** Español abajo **The Trump administration has dramatically ramped up immigration arrests inside the US while it scape...
06/19/2017

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The Trump administration has dramatically ramped up immigration arrests inside the US while it scapegoats millions of people by painting them as violent criminals who should be deported. The administration claims it is focusing on serious, violent criminals, but President Trump’s new policies make every unauthorized immigrant a target, regardless of their actual criminal histories. The crackdown is also sweeping in immigrants who are legal residents but who have been convicted of sometimes only minor or old criminal offenses. Many of the people targeted for deportation have strong family and community ties in the United States.

The impact of these arrest and deportation policies is borne by people who in no way present a threat to national security or public safety—including the mothers and fathers of US citizen children, tax-paying employees, and respected community members who are being arrested, locked up, and deported. Our researchers have traveled to interview people who have recently been deported—or are facing potential deportation---since President Trump was elected. These are their stories.

If you would like to share your story, please contact us via this page.

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El gobierno afirma que se está enfocando en delincuentes violentos peligrosos, pero con las nuevas políticas del Presidente Trump todos los inmigrantes no autorizados se encuentran en la mira, independientemente de sus antecedentes penales. Las medidas severas también se aplican contra inmigrantes que son residentes legales, pero que han sido condenados por delitos que, en ocasiones, son solo menores o se cometieron hace mucho tiempo. Muchas de las personas a ser deportadas tienen vínculos familiares y comunitarios sólidos en Estados Unidos.

El impacto de estas políticas de arresto y deportación recae sobre personas que de ninguna manera representan una amenaza para la seguridad nacional o el orden público, incluidos padres y madres de hijos con ciudadanía estadounidense, empleados que pagan impuestos y miembros de la comunidad respetados que son arrestados, detenidos y deportados. Un equipo de Human Rights Watch viajó para entrevistar a personas que han sido recientemente deportadas —o que están enfrentando una posible deportación— desde que el Presidente Trump resultó electo. Estas son sus historias.

Si le gustaría compartir su historía, entre en contacto por esta pagina.

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English: Human Rights Watch’s US Program has been documenting violations of human rights within the US immigration system for over 20 years. For examples of Human Rights Watch's work on the US immigration system's failure to protect the right to family unity, please see the following reports: Turning Migrants Into Criminals: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2013/05/22/turning-migrants-criminals-0 Within Reach: http://www.hrw.org/roadmap-to-immigration-reform Locked Up Far Away: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2009/12/02/locked-far-away-0 Forced Apart (By the Numbers): http://www.hrw.org/reports/2009/04/15/forced-apart-numbers-0 Forced Apart: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2007/07/16/forced-apart-0 Español: El Programa de Estados Unidos en Human Rights Watch ha documentado violaciones de derechos humanos en el sistema de inmigración estadounidense durante más de 20 años. Para consultar ejemplos del trabajo realizado por Human Rights Watch relativo a la falta de garantía del derecho a la unidad familiar por el sistema inmigratorio de Estados Unidos, ver los siguientes informes: Convirtiendo a migrantes en delincuentes: http://www.hrw.org/es/reports/2013/05/22/convirtiendo-migrantes-en-delincuentes Una meta al alcance: http://www.hrw.org/es/news/2013/02/01/estados-unidos-la-reforma-inmigratoria-deberia-proteger-derechos (en español) Encerrados y alejados: http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/us1209spsumandrecs.pdf Separación forzosa (Por la norma): http://www.hrw.org/es/news/2009/04/15/ee-uu-la-deportaci-n-separa-las-familias Separación forzosa: http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/us0707brochureweb_sp_0.pdf

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