About this project

In 2009, the United States deported 387,790 people, a five percent increase over 2008.

Many of these families have nowhere to return to. Some immigrated to the U.S. in order to find a better life, while others did so to send money home and provide a better life for their families abroad. But one aspect of U.S. immigration policy that is often overlooked is the affect it has on families.

The Distant Relatives Project, conceived by a group of journalists at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, is a series of stories about families that have been separated in some way by United States immigration policy.

You can email us at DistantRelativesProject@gmail.com