Our collaborator Soeurette Michel is featured in the latest issue of Le Floridien (along with a lot of reprints of articles related to our work). The profile tells the story of the obstacles Soeurette had to overcome in order to become an attorney and eventually create her own law firm. Soeurette was involved in the Haitian American diaspora cholera brief, which is briefly mentioned. Congratulations to Soeurette! We are honored to work with such a remarkable human rights advocate.
Part of the article is below. Read the full article here (page 11).
LAW BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY: HOW SHE BECAME A LAWYER
“I know I can be what I want to be. If I work hard at it, I’ll be where I want to be.”
Jaury Jean-Enard, Le Floridien
April 1-15, 2017
Such is the chorus of songwriter Nas’s 2002 song entitled, “I Can.” This song encourages people, especially children, to work hard at their dreams. It was also nominated for best rap video. And if there were a best Haitian lawyer success story, it would probably be Soeurette Michel.
In January 13, 2001, Michel arrived in the U.S. after barely escaping an abduction attempt in Haiti three days prior. After leaving the bank in Fontamara (neighborhood in the Western department of Haiti) she was robbed. Her purse was stolen; and by sheer luck, the robbers discussed kidnapping her, but instead they let her go. Her visit to the U.S. was intended to be a short escape from political instabilities. Instead, her mother and other family members encouraged her to stay permanently. She was in her late twenties and moved in with her then sister-in-law in Orlando, FL.
Today she is known as Attorney Soeurette Michel – a well-respected attorney and CEO of The Michel Law Firm, LLC. Her firm, which she established in 2012, specializes in business litigation, criminal defense, immigration, naturalization law, and human rights. Michel has worked on several high profile cases, such as: the Haiti Cholera case against the United Nations, the Diaspora Mission for Haiti’s 2016 elections, and migration crisis of Haitians throughout Central and Latin America.
Currently, she is focused on human rights and TPS protection of an influx of Haitians coming in the U.S. via the Mexican border near Tijuana.
Read the full article here (page 11).