Lori Nessel (’92) on “Medical Repatriation” of Immigrants by U.S. Hospitals

May 30, 2013 | CUNY School of Law

Alum Lori Nessel (’92), director of the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall Law School, is quoted in a recent Associated Press article examining the process of “medical repatriation,” which allows hospitals to deport undocumented immigrant patients, often while they are still unconscious. A report from the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall Law School and the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public interest, Discharge, Deportation, and Dangerous Journeys: A Study on the Practice of Medical Repatriation, concluded that at least 600 immigrants were removed over a five-year period. “The problem is it’s all taking place in this unregulated sort of a black hole … and there is no tracking,” said Nessel.

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