Torn Apart by Deportation

ColorLines investigates the effects of deportation on families of color. Introducing a four-part series.

By Jorge Rivas, Julianne Hing, Seth Freed Wessler Oct 22, 2009

Harsh immigration policy, compounded by systemic inequities built into the criminal justice system, might not be thwarting terrorists or making our country a whole lot safer. But the laws are doing a great job of breaking up another entity: families of color.



Introduction: Torn Apart
From New York to Jamaica, families struggle to stay together.

Double Punishment
Families of color are punished twice by immigration and criminal justice systems that don’t provide equal justice.

Home in Name Only
Deportees struggle to survive in an unfamiliar and unwelcoming place: the country of their birth.

by Jorge Rivas

Watch the “Torn Apart” launch video




Always Saying Goodbye
A family’s long-distance life, in photos.



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This series was funded in part by the USC Annenberg School for Communication’s Institute for Justice and Journalism.