Free Migration Project and researchers in the Legislative Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School released a collaborative report titled “Fatal Flights: Medical Deportation in the U.S.” This report details the routine and often unreported practice of the medical deportation of undocumented immigrants. The authors define medical deportation as the physical removal by a non-government entity of an immigrant patient who is critically injured or ill from one country to another without the informed consent of the patient or the patient’s authorized caregiver. The practice of medical deportation is typically not in the best interests of the patients and can result in poorer health outcomes – or even death – of the patient.

The authors include law student and Toll Public Interest Fellow Erica V. Rodarte Costa, recent law school graduate Jacqueline Monnat, and Free Migration Project’s Executive Director David Bennion and Program Coordinator Adrianna Torres-García. They wrote the report in hopes to explain the complexities of medical deportation, identify possible levers for change, and propose legislative advocacy in order to end this horrendous practice.


Download the Full Report Here