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Duvalier’s Victims Are Still Seeking Justice

Besides the murders, forced disappearances, and violence that were rampant during Duvalier’s regime, the former dictator stole hundreds of millions from Haiti. This article uses the story of one man who sought reparations from Duvalier to demonstrate how victims of that brutal regime still want justice. Although Duvalier is dead, victims, their lawyers, and human rights advocates still plan to pursue his accomplices and finally give some closure to those who suffered. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Duvalier’s Passing Does Not Wipe Away Victims’ Misery Vania Andre, The Haitian Times October 11, 2014 Etzer Lalanne is not a man you’d expect should be nearly a millionaire. His large glasses hang over his small eyes, surrounded by bags and wrinkles – evidence of the hard long years of working as a cab driver in New […]

CGRS Hiring Associate Director/Senior Staff Attorney

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at University of California Hastings College of the Law needs an Associate Director/Senior Staff Attorney. This is a full-time position with benefits and salary is commensurate with experience. The deadline is July 11, 2014. Click HERE for more info.

Haitians Await News of Relatives, Refugees on Boats

Last Wednesday, one of two boats full of Haitians capsized on the way to Miami.  Four woen drowned and the other boat was intercepted by the Coast Guard.  Family members who were expecting calls from their relatives anxiously await news of their loved ones. Haitians seek release of migrants on fatal smuggling trip By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 21, 2013 WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF A Coast Guard crew looks over the vessel where at least four people died and 11 more rescued after capsizing off Miami Wednesday morning. The three strangers sat inside the Miami conference room reliving the details of the phone calls, which alerted them to be on the look-out for relatives in the coming days. Each would be arriving in Miami by boat from Abaco in the Bahamas, the callers said. Five days later, no niece, no […]

Study: Miami Judges Far Less Likely to Grant Asylum (The Associated Press)

Associated Press staff MIAMI- Immigration judges here are far less likely to grant asylum to refugees than their peers in other major U.S. cities, a national study found. The study released this week by three law professors, two from Georgetown University and one from Temple University, found Miami’s 21 immigration judges granted 23 percent of the asylum requests before them. The national average was 40 percent. Those seeking asylum from Haiti fared even worse in Miami, according to the study, with 15 percent having their requests approved. The report’s authors called the findings troubling and noted remarkable variation in decisions, even among judges in the same court. “Whether an asylum applicant is able to live safely in the United States or is deported to a country in which he claims to fear persecution is very seriously influenced by a spin […]

Miami Judges Tougher on Asylum Cases (Miami Herald)

By Lesley Clark, Miami Herald Where asylum seekers live may play a role in whether they are allowed to stay in the United States, a study shows. Immigration judges in Miami are about half as likely on average to grant asylum to refugees as their peers in 14 other U.S. cities, according to a national study that identified ”amazing disparities” in the handling of immigration cases. The study, which analyzed 140,000 decisions by 225 immigration judges and took particular aim at the nation’s busiest courts, found that Miami’s 21 immigration judges on average granted 23 percent of the requests that came before them. The national rate was 40 percent. Haitian asylum seekers — the top nationality by volume in Miami — fared even worse: 15 percent were granted asylum, according to figures provided by one of the study’s authors. Asylum […]

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