Dacia Leslie | Reversing deportee stigma

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Deportees (Things Change) is the product of the lyrical ingenuity and extraordinary talent of Mark Myrie, otherwise known as Buju Banton. It provides an interesting narrative of the bounded rational choices that some Jamaican migrants made which led to their involuntary removal from overseas jurisdictions and the challenges they face upon re-entering Jamaican society.

However, offenders who are wise enough to put into place plans to ensure their survival upon removal are also likely to be affected by deportee-related stigma. Stigmatization can be extremely disabling, sometimes even resulting in the exclusion of persons who are talented.




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The National Organization of Deported Migrants {NODM} is a not for profit organization that was established to assist deported migrants to adjust to their new lives in Jamaica. Our operations staff is made up entirely of deported men and women who fully understand the challenges and difficulties arising from deportation. Following the official launch in October 2010 at the University of the West Indies, the organization has partnered with the British High Commission Jamaica Office, (BHC) the International Organization for Migration, (IOM) the Ministry of National Security (MNS) and several other government agencies and NGO's to provide deported persons with practical real life assistance in their effort to reintegrate and resettle in society.   Board of Directors Our Board of Directors is comprised of noteable Jamaican citizens and provides oversight to the Executive body.   Operations Team Our day-to-day activities are managed by deported persons, all of whom are able and willing to provide advice and support derived from their wealth of experience, expertise and first-hand knowledge on the issues and challenges associated with deportation.  

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