Joao Herbert

Joao Herbert was born in Brazil and spent much of his early childhood as an orphan on the streets of Sao Paolo. He was adopted by an Ohio couple at the age of eight. When he was seventeen, his parents discovered that he had not automatically become a U.S. citizen upon his adoption, and submitted a naturalization application. However, Herbert turned eighteen before the processing of the application was complete. Soon after his eighteenth birthday, he pleaded guilty to attempting to sell marijuana and was sentenced to probation and participation in a drug treatment program. Despite the fact that he was a first-time offender who had served no jail time, he was placed in immigration detention for twenty months and then deported to Brazil as an “aggravated felon.” Herbert had no friends or family in Brazil and no longer spoke any Portuguese. Once in Brazil, he began teaching English and became known as "the English professor." His father, who is quadriplegic, was unable to travel to Brazil to visit him. In May of 2004, Herbert was shot and killed in the industrial city of Campinas, 60 miles northwest of Sao Paolo.

Status: Deported, and murdered

Home state: Ohio

Country of origin: Brazil

Status:

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Akron man faces deportation1999-04-05
'THEY CAN'T TAKE ME. . . CAN THEY?'2000-02-06
FOREIGN ADOPTEE FIGHTS DEPORTATION WHILE IN JAIL 2000-03-01
ADOPTEE IS CLOSER TO BEING DEPORTED2000-04-29
LAWYER LISTS REASONS NOT TO DEPORT MAN2000-05-27
JUDGE ORDERS MAN, 22, DEPORTED2000-06-16
Drug Sale Instigates Deportation2000-06-16
CITIZENSHIP BILL TOO LATE FOR INMATE2000-10-19
FATHER FEARS HE HAS SEEN ADOPTED SON FOR LAST TIME2000-11-04
SON'S DEPORTATION DUE TODAY2000-11-16
Brazilian adoptee returns to country he left 14 years ago2000-11-17
WADSWORTH MAN RETURNS TO BRAZIL2000-11-17
Deportee begins new life as stranger in a strange land2000-11-18
Cold Empire of Law2000-12-00
BILLS WOULD RELAX TERMS OF DEPORTATION LAWS2001-02-11
Once a criminal, always a criminal? Unconstitutional presumptions for mandatory detention of criminal aliens2001-08-00
Deported first offender dies in a homeland he never understood2004-05-27
DEPORTED MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN BRAZIL2004-05-27
Couple mourn deported son, 26 Man gunned down in native Brazil; he was adopted at 82004-05-28
Newsbrief: Ohio Man Deported for Minor Marijuana Conviction Found Murdered in Brazil2004-05-28
JOAO HERBERT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN DEPORTED2004-05-28
3 HELD IN DEPORTEE'S SLAYING2004-06-10
LOVED ONES HONOR LIFE OF MAN DEPORTED, KILLED2004-06-16
Foreign adoptees try to avoid deportation2005-09-13
BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE, POST-DEPORTATION HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT2007-00-00
How does an adoptee get deported? More easily than one might think2012-05-29
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