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Hundreds in Miami Protest Mass Deportations from DR

The Florida Immigrant Coalition, Inc. (FLIC) and several other human rights organizations and activists organized a demonstration against potential mass deportations from the Dominican Republic (DR). In recent weeks, there has been an outcry from the human rights community against DR’s decision to begin deporting those who didn’t meet an arbitrary registration deadline. So far, the international community has been silent.
For Immediate Release: Friday, June 26th, 2015

Media Contacts: Elizabeth Taveras,  (305) 721-9661,

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Hundreds marched in Miami to stop the mass deportations of Dominican-Haitians in the Dominican Republic
Groups and community members demand that the Dominican Government stop the mass deportations of Dominican-Haitians

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Miami, FL – Hundreds of Miamians and organizations came together from the Dominican Consulate to the Haiti Consulate in Brickell and demanded that the Dominican government stop the mass deportations of Dominican of Haitian Descent. The organizations that worked tirelessly to organize this event included:  FANM/Haitian Women of Miami, Haitian League for Human Rights, Veye Yo, Florida Immigrant  Coalition, Unite Here, SEIU 1199, Haitian-America n Grassroots Coalition, Haitian Lawyers Association,  Power U, South Florida Progressive Jewish Action.

Over 250,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent could be stateless and deported back to a country many have never known. As this horrific moment in our history continues to unfold the international community has remained completely silent on the inhumane treatments of blacks in the Dominican Republic.

As a Haitian-Dominic an-American, I am completely ashamed of Dominicans on the island and the Diaspora who want to continue to deny their ancestral African roots and condone the actions of their government”, said Francesca Menes, Advocacy and Policy Coordinator of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Hundreds of individuals and organizations marched yesterday in solidarity with the Dominicans and Haitians that are facing mass deportations, demanding that the Dominican Government stop the mass deportations of Dominican-Haitians that currently have residency in the Dominican Republic, many of whom were born in the Dominican Republic.
There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the solidarity among Haitians, Dominicans, Hondurans, Jamaicans and so many other nationalities and races standing together denouncing the actions of the Dominican government and its inhumane treatment of blacks in the DR,” Menes concluded.

Hundreds of organizations that have signed on to an Open Letter to Dominican Republic President

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