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Congressman Hastings Urges Expansion of TPS for Haitians After Hurricane Matthew

For Immediate Release                                                                                                Contact: Evan Polisar October 12, 2016                                                                                                                (202) 225-1313 Hastings Urges President Obama to Expand TPS for Haitians Affected by Hurricane Matthew (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letter to […]

Rep. Hastings urges US to ensure truly fair Haiti election process

Citing “allegations of fraud and electoral misconduct,” U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings states in his January 8, 2016 letter to Secretary Kerry that, “though the push for truly free and fair elections in Haiti may be difficult, the United States must do all that it can to ensure that Haiti moves closer to such elections in the coming days and months.” Rep. Hastings’ letter joins Rep. Frederica Wilson’s December 14 letter, and December 13 and December 2 editorials by the editorial boards of The New York Times and Miami Herald respectively, which all support Haitian civil society’s demand for a Haitian-led, independent investigation into the serious allegations of fraud as prerequisite to any runoff. Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. January 8, 2016 The Honorable John Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C […]

Droits humains, les mouvements populaires, et la justice

Travail de droits humains avec un impact: dirigé par ceux dont les droits ont été violés; soutenu et amplifié par un réseau d’avocats engagés, militants, journalistes et étudiants. Cet article utilise notre travail de plaidoyer pour choléra comme une étude de comment le travail pour les droits humains qui renforce les dirigeants de base peut vraiment avoir un impact sur le système. Fran Quigley, auteur de How Human Rights Can Build Haiti, décrit la façon dont nous avons utilisé un “Réseau justice pour choléra” pour créer une dynamique pour la justice pour les victimes du choléra en Haïti. Partie de l’article est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complète. Les militants et le droit en Haïti : des campagnes de défense des droits de l’homme multi-niveaux pour obtenir justice Fran Quigley, openGlobalRights 23 octobre, 2014 Chris Jochnick a récemment posé une question éminemment importante lorsqu’il a demandé si les cours […]

Bipartisan Leaders Urge Expedited Haitian Family Reunification

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:           Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH),, 786 877 6999 (English and Kreyol) Bipartisan Leaders Urge Expedited Haitian Family Reunification (BOSTON, June 5, 2014) — President Obama has received three new pleas for the Department of Homeland Security to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (FRPP) to speed entry into the United States of nearly 110,000 beneficiaries of DHS-approved family-based visa petitions who remain on wait lists of up to over 12 years in Haiti. Democrat Alcee Hastings and Republican Mario Diaz-Balart co-sponsored a May 30 letter to the President signed by 63 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging him to create this program “to save lives and accelerate Haiti’s recovery efforts.”  Signatories included Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, former Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, […]

63 U.S. Representatives Strongly Urge President to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Program

May 30, 2014 U.S. Representatives Alcee Hastings and Mario Diaz-Balart, joined by 61 of their colleagues (Foreign Affairs committee member Rep. Connolly asked to join after the letter had been sent), strongly urged President Obama Friday to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program “to save lives and accelerate Haiti’s recovery efforts. This would allow Haitians with approved family-based visa petitions to come to the United States while they await their visas.” Co-signers include eight other Foreign Affairs Committee members (Ros-Lehtinen, Engel, Keating, Deutch, Sires, Frankel, Bass, Meeks); four Immigration Subcommittee members (Lofgren, Gutierrez, Jackson Lee, and Garcia); and the members of the South Florida congressional delegation. The letter references continuing deplorable conditions including tent camps, the ongoing deadly cholera outbreak, and “what the U.S. Coast Guard knows all too well. Desperate Haitians are increasingly abandoned and dying at sea […]

Hastings on the Third Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

January 11, 2013   Contact: Lale Mamaux   Phone: (202) 225-1313   Hastings on the Third Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake   (Fort Lauderdale) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement on the third anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010: “On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by one of the largest earthquakes in its entire history, killing tens of thousands and causing immeasurable damage to its infrastructure.  Within hours, the international community mobilized its resources and were on the ground to provide lifesaving aid to the Haitian people.  Despite these laudable efforts, however, Haiti remains plagued by a stagnant economy, widespread poverty, and outbreaks of cholera.  Furthermore, in the past year, a spring drought and two storms during hurricane season resulted in more than $170 million in crop losses, endangering an additional 1.5 […]

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