Medical deportation occurs when a hospital pays a private company to physically remove an immigrant patient to another country to avoid having to provide long-term medical care. This shameful practice can lead to the death or serious disability of a patient. Free Migration Project is working with a coalition of advocates, organizations, and community members to end the practice of medical deportation in the U.S.
- In June 2021, Free Migration Project and the University of Pennsylvania Law School Legislative Clinic released a report titled “Fatal Flights: Medical Deportation in the U.S.”
- On Monday, June 28, 2021 we held a panel discussion with members of the #EndMedicalDeportation campaign including Claudia Martínez, a community member whose family experienced an attempted medical deportation; Erica Rodarte, a Penn Law student and one of the authors of the report; and Maripat Pileggi, an attorney at Community Legal Services. You can watch the full event on our YouTube channel.
- Please see below for additional information and resources about our effort to end medical deportation: