Lawful Permanent Resident Returned to US After Wrongful Deportation

"The Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, together with the Criminal Justice Institute at
Harvard Law School (CJI), has successfully returned a young man to the United States and to his family
after two and a half years in exile. Victor Veloz-Risik – a US lawful permanent resident since 2006 – was
deported in early 2011 due to a conviction for a drug offense. Although this was his first and only
conviction, the deportation laws are particularly harsh when it comes to drug convictions. Most such
deportees face the prospect of lifetime banishment.

In June 2013, however, the Somerville District Court vacated his conviction, agreeing with CJI
attorney-supervisor Robert Proctor and law student Jon McCoy (HLS '13) that Victor had been deprived
of due process. 

PDHRP lawyer, Jessica Chicco, convinced the Department of Homeland Security to
join our motion to reopen the case. An El Paso Immigration Judge then dismissed the charges. As a
result, Victor has returned to the US to resume his status as a lawful permanent resident."

- Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, Boston College