Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)&#
Haitian Immigration Rights
Click HERE for links to over 70 editorials, resolutions, political letters, op-eds, petitions, and other support urging the President and DHS to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program.
*If you’re looking for information on the Dominican Republic’s citizenship crisis, click HERE.*
IJDH’s immigration advocacy is built on three decades of leadership in ensuring a safe haven in the U.S. for Haiti’s persecuted. We seek creation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to save lives, reunite families, expedite orderly migration and speed recovery by increasing the flow of remittances to loved ones in Haiti. The Haiti Asylum Information Project (HAIP), established in 2004, has provided asylum applicants from across Haiti’s political spectrum the expert testimony and country condition information they need to present strong cases. Our Stop Deportations Now Campaign, the platform for years-long Temporary Protected Status (TPS) advocacy in Congress, the media, and the streets led to the suspension of all non-criminal deportations to Haiti in early 2009 and facilitated the immediate grant of TPS to Haitians in the United States after Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake.
Expediting Haitian Family Reunification
IJDH leads nationwide advocacy urging the Obama administration to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP). Nearly 110,000 Haitians are beneficiaries of family-based immigrant visa petitions which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already approved but who remain on wait lists of up to more than 12 years in Haiti, where many may not survive. A Cuban FRPP expedites family reunification for similarly-situated Cuban beneficiaries; IJDH has built extensive support and momentum for creation of a similar Haitian program. Our campaign succeeded on October 17, 2014, when DHS announced it would implement an HFRPP in early 2015 to expedite the entry into the U.S. of approved beneficiaries whose visas are within two years of becoming current. While thrilled with this development, which should help thousands, we will seek to expand coverage of the new program to include all DHS-approved beneficiaries in Haiti, many of whom are on wait lists of up to 12 years (not just two), and closely monitor its implementation to seek to insure its maximum effectiveness.
Click HERE for links to letters, resolutions, editorials, reports, petitions and op-eds urging creation of a Haitian FRPP to save lives and speed Haiti’s recovery.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
On January 21, 2010, after years of IJDH advocacy and a devastating earthquake nine days earlier, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. In May, 2011, DHS extended TPS for another 18 months to January 22, 2013, and redesignated it to include Haitians who had arrived in the United States by January 12, 2011, one year after the quake. On October 1, 2012, DHS extended TPS for Haiti for another 18 months, to July 22, 2014. On March 3, 2014, DHS extended TPS for another 18 months, through January 22, 2016. Most recently, TPS was extended to July 22, 2017. As always, Haitians seeking TPS protection and work authorization must apply individually, meeting eligibility requirements described by DHS’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
TPS protects most Haitians in the United States from deportation to Haiti, and IJDH works with a broad range of advocates to trouble-shoot TPS implementation issues as they arise.
Calls for re-designating TPS (and expanding HFRP) after Hurricane Matthew are HERE.
Haitian Asylum Information Project (HAIP)
The Haitian Asylum Information Project (HAIP) is an online resource library for asylum applicants and their lawyers. It contains key documents, contact information, and model pleadings to facilitate the filing of successful Haitian asylum cases.
Click HERE to learn more about HAIP.
Stop Deportations Now Campaign
Click HERE to learn more about the campaign.
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