Haiti Asylum Information Project
Welcome to the Haiti Asylum Information Project (HAIP), built and maintained by IJDH with the generous support of the Firedoll Foundation. HAIP is intended as a resource for asylum applicants and their lawyers. It is not intended as a substitute for legal advice, and we recommend that all asylum applicants seek legal assistance with their applications.
See detailed information in the two above items. Here too are recent articles and reports on Haiti conditions. See too the preceding “Human Rights and Rule of Law in Haiti: Key Recent Developments;” Current Protest Movements, Past News Updates, and HAIP Articles; and IJDH’s News Feed (to the right side of the screen).
“Firm resettlement” may be an issue in the asylum or TPS context. If your client spent time in Brazil or Chile, for example, see pages 44-52 of this report and these Brazil and Chile compilations re the extremely difficult conditions of joblessness and racism Haitians faced there, later versions of which compilations may be available from the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.
In addition to the information compiled by IJDH located on this page, other pertinent information and expertise regarding Haiti may be acquired from the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS), Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other sources below.
Haiti Asylum Claims Webinar: March 30, 2017
Country Conditions Information: Human rights reports and subsections on: political conditions/violence, land disputes, elections, press freedom, gender-based violence, children’s rights, prison conditions, housing rights, etc.
Haitian Women and Gender-Based Violence: Get expert research and advice; model affidavits and human rights reports.
“Haiti at a Crossroads–An Analysis of the Driverscu Behind Haiti’s Political Crisis,” BAI/IJDH, May 17, 2019.
“As tensions continue to escalate in Haiti over president, journalists come under attack” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, June 12, 2019.
Model Expert Affidavits (2017):
Victim of Domestic Violence Seeking Asylum
Victim of Domestic Violence Seeking Asylum, Restavek
Haiti Land Disputes Memo, March 27, 2017
Expert declaration on Land Disputes by Brian Concannon, February 27, 2017
Experts Roster: Names, contact information and qualifications for recognized experts on Haiti.
Legal briefs/memos on firm resettlement
(See also subsections under country conditions information)
Political Conditions/Violence: Including cases and background on political violence in Haiti.
Election-Related Information: News reports, legal analysis and formal reports on Haiti’s elections.
Sexual Minorities and HIV/AIDS: Including specific country condition, cases and law articles.
Detention and deportation of noncriminal Haitians arriving from Mexico: News reports on US immigration policy and deportations.
Criminal Deportees: Including case law and legal analyses of U.S. and international law, reports on prison conditions and treatment of deportees, and news reports of deportation issues.
Model Affidavits: Previous model expert affidavits, the Omnibus Motion to Stop Haitian Deportations
Haiti Asylum Case Law: Haitian asylum cases, including summaries of the main issues and the holdings for each.
U.S. Immigration Policy on Haitian Migrants: May 2011 report by the Congressional Research Service.
Alternative Chance: Advocacy for Criminal Deportees in Haiti
American Immigration Council
American Immigration Lawyers’ Association
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Boston College Law School’s Post-Deportation Human Rights Project
Brooklyn Defender Services
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of Law
Extreme Environmental Events and Haitian Refugees (American University)
Fahamu Refugee Programme
Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miami — Haitian Women of Miami
Greater Boston Legal Services
Institute for the Study of International Migration
Migration Policy Institute
National Immigration Law Center
National Immigration Project’s Immigrant’s Rights Resources
Americans for Immigrant Justice
The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR)
University of Minnesota Center for New Americans
If you find this site useful, we do request that you consider making a tax-deductible donation to IJDH, to defray the costs of maintaining HAIP, but also to support IJDH’s work to reduce the injustice in Haiti that generates refugees.
If there are any materials that should be on the site and are not, let us know. Please send us any decisions, sample affidavits or other materials that would be useful to site users. We can be reached at email@example.com, or by telephone at (617) 652‑0876.