Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti


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.

Haiti Asylum Claims Webinar, March 30, 2017

Coun­try Con­di­tion Infor­ma­tion: Reports from human rights groups, the United Nations and gov­ern­ments; and news reports on topics including repression and intimidation, gender-based violence, elections, and politics.

Haitian Women and Gender-Based Violence: Get expert research and advice; model affidavits and human rights reports.

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


Expert Ros­ter: Names, con­tact infor­ma­tion and qual­i­fi­ca­tions for rec­og­nized experts on Haiti.

Legal Briefs/Memos on firm resettlement, etc


Polit­i­cal 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.

Important Links

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, or by tele­phone at (617) 652‑0876.

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Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
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