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Cambodia: US-Cambodian Deportees in Phnom Penh

October 2004 - Phnom Penh; Cambodia - Chhin Toeun; 24; or Hawaii to his friends; walks around central Phnom Penh. After spending more than 7 years in prison; he was deported back to Cambodia. Previously a gang member in the US; he remains dressed like an American covered in tatoos and is seen as a foreigner to local Khmers even though he was born in Cambodia. After escaping the Khmer Rouge regime to the US as refugees; many young American Cambodians are being sent back to Cambodia never to return to the US again. A new policy in 2002 meant that any US-Cambodian who still had not applied for US citizenship and had been convicted of a felony would be deported back to Cambodia after living in the US all their life. Over 1; 400 convicted felons are proposed to be sent back in the next few years and naturally the re-adjustment to a life they don't know or understand is a difficult one. Photo Credit: Luke Duggleby

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Cambodia: Deported Back for Life, Cambodia
October 2004 - Phnom Penh; Cambodia - Chhin Toeun; 24; or Hawaii to his friends; walks around central Phnom Penh. After spending more than 7 years in prison; he was deported back to Cambodia. Previously a gang member in the US; he remains dressed like an American covered in tatoos and is seen as a foreigner to local Khmers even though he was born in Cambodia. After escaping the Khmer Rouge regime to the US as refugees; many young American Cambodians are being sent back to Cambodia never to return to the US again. A new policy in 2002 meant that any US-Cambodian who still had not applied for US citizenship and had been convicted of a felony would be deported back to Cambodia after living in the US all their life. Over 1; 400 convicted felons are proposed to be sent back in the next few years and naturally the re-adjustment to a life they don't know or understand is a difficult one. Photo Credit: Luke Duggleby