Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Immigration Bill 1996

  A. Understanding the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996

–     Summary of the 1996 Immigration Bill

B. Treatment and Detention Conditions of Criminal Deportees in Haiti

o UN Refugee Agency: Information on Conditions in Haitian Prisons and Treatment of Criminal Deportees
o Advisory By Michelle Karshan of Alternative Chance regarding treatment of deportees in Haiti, May 2007
o Alternative Chance: Defending the Rights of Women Criminal Deportees Sent to Haiti from the United States, May 8, 2007
o Affidavit of Thomas M. Griffin, Esq. regarding Prison Conditions in Haiti, Dec 2005 – attached in Word format
o Panos Institute Briefing on Criminal Deportees to Haiti, May 1999


  • General Prison Conditions in Haiti

o Policy Briefing Regarding Haitian Prisons, May 2007
o Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Haiti’s Detention Centers (press release) June 21, 2007
            o Haiti prison population rises; US aid ineffective, audit saysBloomberg, May 3, 2007


C. Legal Challenges to Mandatory Deportation




D. Legislative Initiatives

Haitian Protection Act of 2007 – HR 522

Bills Supporting Best Interests of the Child in Deciding to Deport Non-citizen
House Resolution 1176
House Resolution 213

E. Articles and Reports

New life is no life for U.S. ex-cons in Haiti, Criminal deportation is a sore point with the impoverished Caribbean nation, where former inmates are often blamed for rising crime, By Gary Marx, Chicago Tribune, May 17, 2007

Hellish Conditions Prevail in Haiti Jails
Association France-Presse, July 12, 2007

Miami Judges Tougher on Asylum Cases
Miami Herald, June 1, 2007

Study: Miami Judges Less Likely to Grant Asylum
CBS4 Miami, June 2, 2007

Audit of USAID/Haiti’s Justice Program

“Mandatory Detention Gets International Hearing”
 Families For Freedom, July 18, 2007

“Forced Apart: Families Separated and Immigrants Harmed by United States Deportation Policies”, Human Rights Watch Report, July 2007 

Deportation Case Focuses on Definition of Torture

 “The Child Citizen Act and the Family Reunification Act: Valuing the Citizen Child As Well As the Citizen Parent”, By Victor Romero, Florida Law Review, vol 55, 2003

“Deportation of Criminal Aliens: A Geopolitical Perspective” Working Paper, Margaret H. Taylor and T. Alexander Aleinikoff, June 1998.

F. Advocacy Links

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