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Webinar on Haitian Asylum Claims

Join IJDH, CGRS Hastings, and Harvard Law’s Immigration Clinic for a webinar on Haitian asylum claims. This webinar is geared towards lawyers but anyone interested in helping is welcome to join. If the webinar is at capacity when you try to join, don’t worry – we will send the recording to registrants afterwards. Register here.

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 & […]

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 […]

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