Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Press Release: Extraordinary Conditions in Haiti Make Deporting Thousands from the U.S. Unsafe

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE October 26, 2017, 12:01 EDT Extraordinary Conditions in Haiti Make Deporting Thousands from the U.S. Unsafe New Report Urges 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians (New York, October 26, 2017)— Haiti is not currently able to safely accommodate the return of thousands of Haitians in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), according to Extraordinary Conditions: A Statutory Analysis of Haiti’s Qualifications for TPS, a report released today by the Global Justice Clinic at New York University (NYU) School of Law. The report describes extraordinary conditions that persist in Haiti—including the impact of cholera, which continues to sicken and kill Haitian people, homelessness caused by natural disasters, and a spike in extreme hunger—that prevent the country from safely welcoming the 50,000 TPS holders and their families currently living in the United States. The report comes at a critical time. The Department […]

After Infecting Haiti with Cholera, UN Is Struggling to Keep the Promise Made to Haitian People

Seven years since the United Nations Soldiers introduced the cholera epidemic into Haiti that has killed 10,000 deaths and sickened nearly one million Haitians, the UN is struggling to raise money to fully fund its New Approach to cholera. Last year the UN admitted its role in introducing cholera in the country and promised to raise $400 million to eliminate cholera in Haiti and “to provide material assistance to those who have been most affected by the disease.” Nearly a year since UN launched the fundraising, the fund has only garnered about 3%.  The UN closed its 13-year-old peacekeeping mission in Haiti known by its French acronym MINUSTAH. The legacy of MINUSTAH is plagued by a series of controversies, including the cholera outbreak, sexual abuse and unfathered children.  Read full article HERE THE UNITED NATIONS INFECTED HAITIANS WITH CHOLERA. NOW THEY ARE […]

Fr Michenet Duportal: ‘UN recognizes that it harms us, now, there has to be reparations’

Fr. Duportal to BAI and IJDH team: “We thank you for  the fight you are leading. It’s not easy, but it is a fight for God, because he improves the living conditions of the poor because, God is a god of the poor.” Watch the video below: Translation Feast of St. Michel Archange, Boucan Carré  Father Michenet Duportal: ‘UN recognizes that its harms us, now, there has to be reparations’ Lawyer, Mario Joseph who is advocating throughout the  Fête Patronales (Patronal Festivities) for all the cholera victims and all those who continue to be victimized by cholera. We cannot be silent on this issue, because everytime it rains especially for us here in Boucan Carré, in the highlands of Boucan Carré, Petit Montagne (Little Mountain/Hill), and many other places, there are a lot of people dying as we speak, quietly. […]

Councilor Paul Moïse: Cholera Continues to Kill and Sick our People

Father Ulrique Louis Jeune compliments Mario Joseph of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and promises to pray for both BAI and its team who have been fighting for justice for the victims of cholera that was introduced into Haiti by United Nations peacekeeping soldiers. Watch the video below: Translations Father Ulrique Louis Jeune: The person who is leading the fight against cholera is lawyer, Mario Joseph of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux. They are fighting for compensation for victims of cholera. We promise him our prayers for his continued fight and that he finds other support in order for this country to be relieved. Councilor Paul Moïse, the Chairman of the Conseil d’Administration de la Section Communal (CASEC) (the Chairman of the Board of Council of Communal Section) of Lacoline, Las Cahobas: We are victimized by cholera in many different ways. […]

UN’s Disastrous Legacy in Haiti – Edwidge Danticat

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, established in June of 2004, has finally come to an end after thirteen long years. MINUSTAH was established to create a “secure and stable environment” in Haiti, which was viewed as a threat to international peace and security in the region.” However, instead of pacifying the nation, MINUSTAH acted as “a continuous military operation in a country in which there was no war.” In addition to killing, injuring and raping Haitian citizens, United Nations peacekeepers also caused the cholera epidemic which has claimed thousands of Haitian lives. The UN has yet to alleviate the trauma it has caused Haiti. Meanwhile, the institution has replaced MINUSTAH with a smaller version, MINUJUSTH (United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti), aimed at helping the Haitian government strengthen its institutions and police force. The evidence […]

Haiti Is Not Ready To Take In 58,000 Unemployed Haitians

Since the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. government has granted 58,000 Haitians the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This could be terminated by next month. U.S. lawmakers from both parties, immigration advocates and church leaders urge the current administration to extend TPS for 18 months to allow Haitian TPS-holders to continue to live and work in the U.S. The country has been struggling to recover from several natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, an uncontrolled cholera epidemic and last year’s Hurricane Matthew that flattened the southern part of the country. Haiti is in no position to absorb and care for 58,000 Haitians. Read full article HERE Haitians still need protections from US Boston Globe October 12, 2017 Could the Trump administration, fresh from its disgraceful decision to revoke the program that kept young immigrants […]

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