What They Say

When we fought for the Minnesota 8 and were able to protect three of them from being deported to Cambodia, we received national recognition for our work—winning 2017 Campaign of the Year Award from Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC), featuring in documentaries made by the New Yorker & Al Jazeera, and more. Since then, MN8 has become a national model for effective family advocacy. Our org has built partnerships that support impacted individuals & their families. In the last year alone, MN8 celebrated the first Southeast Asian community member in the Midwest to return home from deportation, celebrated Shorty’s (one of the original Minnesota 8) citizenship, supported over 100 Southeast Asian families in mutual aid financially & through culturally specific foods, and grew our staff. For more on how our work has been shared with the world, please see the media coverage below.

Southeast Asian American and Asian American Organizations Across the Country Denounce Trump Administration’s Move to Increase Deportations to Laos

Statement from Southeast Asian Deportation Defense Network, Feb 7, 2020

Worth Fighting For

Pollen Midwest, April 17, 2018

Deportation in U.S., forced back to Cambodia | 101 East

Al Jazeera English, September 28, 2017

BREAKING: Chamroeun Phan of #ReleaseMN8 Finally Released To His Family

SEARAC, September 22, 2017

The Minnesota Eight Don’t Want to Be Deported to a Country They’ve Never Lived In 

The New Yorker, April 5, 2017

Cambodian refugees under deportation threat await their fate

MPR News, April 4, 2017

8 Cambodian Refugees in Minnesota Prove Why Deportations Must be Stopped

Huffington Post, April 1, 2017

36 Cambodian refugees could soon be deported. This man’s story will break your heart

Mic, March 19, 2017

Deportation Halted for Cambodian Refugee Living in Minnesota As Legal Resident

Huffington Post, March 11, 2017

Cambodians Face Deportations to Homeland They’ve Never Known

VOA News, February 10, 2017

MN8 deliver “Not Home for the Holiday” cards to ICE officials

Asian American Press, January 17, 2017

Stop the Unjust Deportations of the Minnesota 8 #ReleaseMN8

Angry Asian Man, December 16, 2016

Cambodian refugee hopes to avert deportation

MPR News, November 23, 2016

Cambodian refugee awaits post-conviction relief decision that may halt immediate deportation

Faribault Daily News, November 23, 2016

Activists Rally in Support of ‘Minnesota 8,’ Refugees Facing Deportation to Cambodia 

NBC News, November 4, 2016

Rally demands ICE release Minnesota 8, stop deportations to Cambodia 

Fight Back! News, November 4, 2016

The ‘Minnesota 8’: Defending their right of no return

MinnPost, November 3, 2016

Cambodian Americans from Minnesota are about to be deported to a country they’ve never been to

Angry Asian Man, October 31, 2016

Minnesota activists push back as deportations loom

The Phnom Penh Post, October 24, 2016

Families call for release of ‘Minnesota 8’ facing deportation to Cambodia

Fight Back! News, October 21, 2016

Brought as kids, possibly deported as adults, several Cambodians await federal action 

MPR News, September 15, 2016

Minneapolis rally protests the planned deportation of Cambodian refugees

Star Tribune, September 14, 2016

Stop the deportations of Cambodians in Minnesota #Not1More 

NoMoreDeportations, September 9, 2016