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Disappeared in America

Disappeared in America is a new, regular feature profiling immigrants who've been detained or deported and whose cases illustrate unjust or inhumane features of the Department of Homeland Security's immigration and detention systems.

The 'Disappeared in America' column shares the same name as an independent, ongoing art project launched in New York in 2004. Visible Collective/Naeem Mohaiemen's project works on art interventions around hyphenated identities and security panic, and can be viewed at www.disappearedinamerica.org.

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The Littlest Deportees

New America Media, News Feature, Camille T. Taiara, Photos by Ryan Furtado, Mar 08, 2007

Immigrant advocates suspect that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is deporting a growing number of unaccompanied minors whove been caught trying to reunite with their parents already in the U.S., even when the parents have status, as in the case of one 9-year-old Honduran girl. Traduccin al espaol

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Mother-Son Asylum Seekers Pay High Cost in Separation

New America Media, Investigation, Julie Johnson, Jan 02, 2007

Nigerian journalist Rosemary Okere is unwavering in her bid for asylum, but each day she sits in an immigration detention facility is another apart from her teenage son.

Waskar Ari Chachaki

Latin-American Intellectuals Join Ranks of 'Ideologically Excluded'

New America Media, Investigation, Camille T. Taiara, Nov 13, 2006

Indigenous Bolivian professor Waskar Ari was well on his way to a distinguished academic career in the U.S. -- until he left the country briefly in 2005 and wasn't let back in.

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Update: Hosseini Freed From Detention

New America Media, News Update, Camille T. Taiara, Oct 19, 2006

An Iranian immigration detainee featured in Disappeared in America on Oct. 10 was released last week. NAM spoke to him by phone.

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Terror Suspect in U.S. Caught in Legal No Man's Land

New America Media, Investigative Reporting, Camille T. Taiara, Oct 10, 2006

The federal government used flimsy evidence to label Massoud Hosseini, originally from Iran, a terrorist. Now he faces execution at home and indefinite detention in the United States


Taxi Terror -- One L.A. Cabbie's Fare From Hell

New America Media, Video, Cliff Parker, Paul Billingsley, Oct 09, 2006

As one Pakistani driver relates, brown skin and a foreign accent are making many cab drivers in Los Angeles targets of racial profiling as terror suspects. One passenger left his mark by urinating in the back seat of his driver's cab.

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After Years In Limbo -- More Immigrant Detainees Choose 'Voluntary' Deportation

New America Media, News Feature, Camille T. Taiara, Aug 07, 2006

A Sikh man chooses to be deported back to India, where he had been tortured, rather than languish in limbo in detention in California. 'Disappeared in America' profiles immigrants who've been detained or deported and whose cases illustrate unjust or inhumane features of Homeland Security's immigration and detention systems. Traduccin al espaol

New NAM Column To Cover Immigrants Who Have Disappeared

New America Media, Press Release, Aug 07, 2006

A new column on the New America Media website features stories of people lost in the post-9/11 security system, showing how the issue cuts across all immigrant groups.

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