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Amnesty International Demands Protection for Plaintiffs in U.S. Federal Lawsuit

The recent lawsuit against former Haitian mayor Jean Morose Viliena originally included three plaintiffs, who sought justice in the U.S. court system for human rights abuses perpetrated during Viliena’s term in office. However, just one day after filing the lawsuit, plaintiff Nissan Martyr became suddenly ill and died. While authorities have authorized an autopsy, there has been no investigation into the cause of death. His family and lawyers continue to demand a full investigation. The remaining plaintiffs’ lives are at risk. They report death threats and fear they will be killed before getting the opportunity to testify against Viliena. Haitian authorities must immediately provide protection for the plaintiffs and their families and initiate an investigation into Martyr’s death. Part of the report is shown below. Click HERE for the original Urgent Action report. URGENT ACTION – Haiti: Human Rights Defenders’ Lives at Risk Amnesty International […]

Action Alert: Join the Haiti Deportations Response Network

February 21, 2017 Dear Friend, Hundreds of detained Haitian asylum-seekers and migrants, including women and children, are being deported weekly from detention centers across the United States in violation of their rights. They need your help urgently. The Department of Homeland Security is currently holding about 4,000 detainees in facilities throughout the US. More than 2500 Haitian detainees have already been deported, and around 270 more are being deported each week. Lawyers, community activists and detainees’ relatives have reported a range of prejudicial procedural problems in their asylum processing, including no lawyers, weak or non-existent interpretation and the use of apparently fabricated statements. Most of the detainees are held in remote facilities far from family, community and legal support; and some would have viable asylum claims if they had effective representation. Find more details here. The Institute for Justice & […]

TODAY: Contact White House & Congress & Urge Others to Help

Please online-message and spread the word TODAY! Today, Monday December 19, contact the White House, DHS, and Congress to stop Haiti deportations, redesignate Haiti for TPS due to Hurricane Matthew, expand the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP), and fund UN cholera eradication and justice efforts!   ASK PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO DO THESE THINGS NOW! President Trump Needs to Hear From the Haitian Diaspora And Its Supporters!  REDESIGNATE TPS, EXPAND HFRP, HALT DEPORTATIONS, ERADICATE CHOLERA!   TPS was designed for disasters like Matthew rendering deportations unsafe! And only 1,952 Haitians have succeeded under HFRP (compared to over 100,000 under the Cuban program)! Like deportations to a nation reeling from Matthew, inaction on TPS and HFRP makes no sense; and the UN’s cholera eradication plans need US funding. PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD ACT NOW! CALL TO ACTION: Contact the White House, your Representative in Congress and the Department of Homeland Security TOADAY! […]

Church World Service Demands TPS, No Deportation for Haitians

Last month, Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the US Department of Homeland Security would resume non-criminal deportations to Haiti. After Hurricane Matthew, Haiti is devastated and at increased risk of cholera outbreaks, as it is a waterborne disease. Now is not a time for deportations, but increasing Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, as was done in after the 2010 earthquake. Church World Service’s action alert below demands just that. ——————— October 12, 2016 Dear Friend, Last weekend, Hurricane Matthew decimated Haiti, a country that was already struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake. In the wake of the earthquake, the U.S. government promised to help displaced Haitians and support the country’s recovery. The U.S. government designated Haitians who were already in the United States in 2011 for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Still, 65,000 Haitians have been displaced in their own […]

CALL CONGRESS TO STOP PEANUT DUMPING IN HAITI BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE!

ACTION ALERT CALL CONGRESS TO STOP PEANUT DUMPING IN HAITI BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE!  Please join the Haitian diaspora in demanding action against this initiative: As part of its “Stocks for Food” program, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haitian schools, which could destroy Haiti’s peanut market and the livelihood and income of 150,000 peanut farmers and their families. This is the latest in a long history of U.S.-sponsored programs which have destabilized Haiti’s agricultural sector, further impoverishing the nation and increasing its dependence on foreign aid. President Clinton had to apologize for one such misguided program in the 1990’s. Please call Congress today to ask your congressperson to urge the USDA to immediately cancel this plan to dump U.S. peanuts on Haiti despite the devastating consequences! Take Action: Calling is easy! 1. Dial the Capitol Switchboard – 202-224-3121. Ask to be connected with your Representative’s office. (Click […]

The US Congress Needs to Hear From the Haitian Diaspora and Its Supporters Now! Stop US Support for Violent and Corrupt Elections in Haiti!

As the evidence of problems with Haiti’s elections mounts, the Haitian Diaspora and its supporters in the United States have a unique opportunity to convince the U.S. Government to insist on the fair elections that Haitian voters deserve. Already, popular pressure has forced the electoral council to postpone the next round of elections. This is a crucial moment for us to press for a credible and independent investigation into electoral fraud.  Please call your Representative in Congress on Wednesday, December 23, and urge them to tell the State Department to stop supporting the fiasco. Take Action – Calling is easy! 1.  Dial the Capitol Switchboard – 202-224- 3121. Ask to be connected with your Representative’s office.  (Click here to find your Representative by name or zip-code). 2.  You will be connected with Your Representative’s receptionist. Ask to speak to the staff person who handles international issues. […]

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