WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
Program Theme

U.S. Unsafe Deportation Practices

Over 200,000 Mexican migrants were deported from the United States in 2016. The majority of them are returned through Mexican border towns. WOLA has documented deportation practices that put these migrants at increased risk, including repatriating migrants in the middle of the night to some of the most dangerous cities along the U.S.-Mexico border and the failure to return migrants’ essential belongings, such as identification documents, money, and cell phones. WOLA monitors U.S. compliance with the local repatriation agreements with Mexico and advocates for increased efforts to return migrants’ belongings and to improve reception services by Mexican authorities.