ENGLISH (832) 930-3059 | SPANISH (832) 356-7254
Daniel Albert Law FirmDaniel Albert Law Firm

Project reveals ongoing unreported violations of rights with medical deportations | Penn Today – Penn Today

Search Icon
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kleinman Forum, Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 S. 34th St.
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Search Icon
Education, Business, & Law
Researchers in the Legislative Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Free Migration Project have released a new report on the use of medical deportations in the United States, revealing a routine, yet often unreported, practice of medical deportation of undocumented immigrants.
Medical deportation is 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 caretaker. The report, “Fatal Flights: Medical Deportation in the U.S.,” unpacks the complexities surrounding medical deportation, identifies potential levers for change in the systems that have produced the issue, and proposes legislative advocacy to help bring this practice to an end.
The authors, which include Toll Public Interest Fellow Erica V. Rodarte Costa, Jacqueline Monnat and Free Migration Project’s Executive Director David Bennion and Program Coordinator Adrianna Torres-García, write that the practice of medical deportation is usually not in the patient’s best medical interests and typically results in poorer health outcomes—or even death—for the transported patient. These deportations often happen without any involvement by immigration courts or the Department of Homeland Security, and once undocumented immigrants leave the U.S., it can be difficult or impossible to return.
“Medical deportation is an issue that sits at the intersection of healthcare and immigration policy,” says Rodarte Costa. “It strips immigrant patients of the dignity and autonomy to make their own healthcare-related decisions, due in large part to their lack of health coverage, and plays off a power differential that causes immigrants to fear the intervention of government authorities.”
Read more at Penn Law News.
Campus & Community
At the 2022 Silfen Forum, Penn Interim President Wendell Pritchett chatted with filmmaker Ken Burns about his new two-part documentary on Benjamin Franklin.
Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
Through Inside the Archive, a course taught by Liliane Weissberg of the School of Arts & Sciences, Penn students explore what an archive is, how history gets written, and what is ahead in a digital future.
Campus & Community
Two years after the pandemic forced Penn Abroad to brings students home, trips are back on and a busier-than-normal abroad schedule is coming in fall 2022.
Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
The ‘Building in China’ exhibition showcases the work of the ‘first generation’ of Penn architecture alumni from China and how striking a balance between modern and traditional continues to shape the country’s expression of its national identity.
If there’s news at Penn, you’ll find it here. We strive to bring you faculty, staff, and student profiles, research updates, and the latest happenings on campus.


Leave A Reply

Subscribe to our newsletter and promotions