Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Cholera in Haiti and UN Liability Panel [Video+Article]

IJDH Board member Ira Kurzban participated in an esteemed panel on cholera in Haiti and United Nations accountability for causing the epidemic. Since the start of the epidemic in 2010, over 9,000 Haitians have died and over 800,000 have had cholera and the epidemic is still not under control. While then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized for not doing enough to stop the epidemic, Dr. Cadet (one of the panelists) made it clear that “the battle is far from being over.” Though the case against the United Nations may be over in court for now, it continues on the streets through advocacy and spreading the word so the fight for cholera continues until the UN ends the epidemic once and for all. A partial write-up about the panel is below. Here is the full text. UN immunity beats back legal claims by Haitian […]

American Bar Association Urges Creation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

American Bar Association August 9, 2012 The American Bar Association urges the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program,  and immediately begin paroling into the United States already-approved Haitian beneficiaries of family-based visa petitions. The aim of this Resolution is to support the creation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program.  Such program would enable already-approved beneficiaries of family-based immigration petitions the ability to travel to the United States to wait for a permanent resident visa rather than waiting in Haiti where the average delay is 3-11 years.  Authority to create this program rests within the Secretary of Homeland Security’s existing parole authority under section 212(d)(5)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  Approximately 112,450 Haitians currently possess approved family-based petitions and are waiting for immigrant visas to become available in order to travel […]

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