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A National Organization of Deported Migrants (NODM) was officially launched on 24 October 2010 at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, Kingston under the European Commission-United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative (EC-UN JMDI) project J-105 Supporting Jamaican Deported Migrants and their Families. The not-for-profit organization is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the civil society, and administered by a core of elected executive officers who are themselves deported migrants. NODM states as its mission: to formulate plans and institute strategies that will promote the social, economic, legal, and political interests of Jamaicans involuntarily returned to their homeland. NODM will also serve to advocate and make representation on behalf of deported migrants, and to plan and implement strategies to ensure sustainable social and economic development projects.
The establishment of this national organization to address the needs and issues of deported migrants in Jamaica was spawned by the JMDI project [J-105] Supporting Jamaican Deported Migrants and their Families, in particular a series of rights workshops with recently deported persons held in the context of the project. The project, headed by Bernard Headley, Professor at the Institute of Sustainable Development, University of the West Indies, and implemented in cooperation with the Female Prisoners Welfare Project (FPWP) Hibiscus, United Kingdom, is designed to identify, implement and/or facilitate mechanisms and processes that will assist the reintegration of returned, deported Jamaicans into the Jamaican society.
( Women in training at the Garmex Centre Heart Trust NTA Jan. 2010)
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