Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

How to help Haiti

Chicago Tribune Editorial In Haiti, it seems, things can always get worse. Already the poorest nation in the hemisphere, it has suffered a devastatingearthquake, a cholera outbreak and a hurricane in less than a year. As each misery compounded the last, relief efforts have been set back. The January earthquake killed 250,000 and left 1.3 million living in crowded tent cities with little access to medical care or clean water. That stoked the cholera outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 and sickened an additional 18,000. Haitians considered themselves blessed that a weakened Hurricane Tomas killed only 20, but thousands more families were displaced and almost a third of the tents were destroyed. The earthquake rubble still hasn’t been cleared from the capital of Port-au-Prince. Few houses have been rebuilt. Think back to the days and weeks after the earthquake, when the […]

New Life is No Life for U.S. Ex-cons in Haiti Criminal Deportation is a Sore Point With the Impoverished Caribbean Nation, Where Former Inmates Are Often Blamed for Rising Crime (Chicago Tribune)

By Gary Marx, Chicago Tribune May 5, 2007 In recent years, U.S. authorities have deported to Haiti some 2,000 criminals of Haitian descent under a controversial policy that some officials here say has helped fuel a wave of kidnappings and other violent crime. The deportees, who have been convicted in the U.S. of crimes ranging from armed robbery to sexual abuse, often grow up in America and return to this impoverished land, instilling fear in other Haitians while facing their own hardship and discrimination. “It’s been rough,” said Augustin Saint-Ville, 30, who said he was deported from the U.S. a decade ago after serving 5 1/2 years in prison for selling crack cocaine. “I want to go back. You’ve got to have money to be in Haiti, and there is no money.” The deportation of criminals has become a sore point between the U.S. and Haiti, which is struggling to […]

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