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UN Partners with Haitian Government and Relief Groups for Long-Term Disaster Plan

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016 and Haitians are still struggling to rebuild. The United Nations, the Haitian government and some relief organizations just announced a $291 million plan to address this, including long-term solutions to reduce Haitians’ vulnerability to future disasters. The plan’s objectives also mention response to cholera and other waterborne diseases, and dealing with Haitians coming back from the Dominican Republic. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian Government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience UN News Centre February 7, 2017 The United Nations together with relief organizations in Haiti have launched a two-year, $291 million response plan with the Government to reach more than 2.4 million people across the island that was struck by a devastating hurricane last October. “With more than 98 per […]

Haitian President-Elect Promises ID Cards for Migrants in DR

In 2013, a ruling by a Dominican Court left many Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless or in limbo. Regulations passed in attempts to mitigate the problem were unsuccessful in part because many of the people affected lacked national ID cards. Haiti’s president-elect has promised to provide national ID cards to the migrants in this group  so that they can apply for residency in DR. He has been meeting with the Dominican president and other officials this week. Haiti leader promises IDs for migrants in Dominican Republic Associated Press January 18, 2017 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Haiti’s president-elect is pledging to provide national ID cards to migrants in the neighboring Dominican Republic so they can apply for a legal residency program. Jovenel Moise told reporters Wednesday at the Dominican national palace that his administration will expedite delivery of the documents. […]

51 Florida Groups and Leaders Ask Hillary Clinton Meeting and Views on Urgent Haiti Issues

October 20, 2016 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians have written Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to promptly inform them of her positions on crucial issues of concern to the Haitian American community, a key electorate, and for a meeting regarding these issues. Noting that “Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, affecting two million Haitians; stranding hundreds of thousands; killing at least 1,000; obliterating tens of thousands of homes; destroying and inundating towns, livestock, crops, and livelihoods; and causing a surge in cholera cases,” they ask Secretary Clinton “to promptly inform of us of your views on the following concerns, which are of great importance to the Haitian-American community.” In successive sections, the letter describes policy needs and “asks,” all made more urgent by Matthew’s devastation, regarding the needs for U.S. leadership to eradicate Haiti’s cholera epidemic […]

Dominican boxer fights for Dominicans of Haitian Descent

Adonis Peguero was born in the Dominican Republic, but is no longer considered a Dominican citizen, due to the DR’s recent immigration policy enforcement. Peguero is using his athletic prowess in the ring to advocate for Dominicans of Haitian descent, and the 300,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent who have been rendered stateless. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Boxer Adonis Peguero Fights For Dominicans Of Haitian Descent Ken Shulman, WBUR 90.9 October 8, 2016   They say that poverty makes the fighter. But not too many fighters come from a place as poor as Guanuma. A hamlet on the northern fringe of Santo Domingo, the Dominican Capital, Guanuma used to be a sugar town. Half the people who live here are Haitian migrants who came to cut cane. But the nearby plantations have all […]

Congresswoman Wilson Comments on DR Denationalization Anniversary

For Immediate Release                                               For More Information Contact: September 23, 2016                                                       Joyce Jones, Communications Director 202.225.4506 (office) 202.578.0634 (mobile)   Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on the Third Anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s Decision to strip Citizenship from Dominicans of Foreign Descent Today marks the third anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s decision to strip the hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent of their citizenship, the majority of whom are of Haitian descent. They are also being denied the legal rights and protections to which they were previously entitled. The court’s decision has created a devastating human rights crisis and an unprecedented level of statelessness. It is particularly devastating for children who can no longer attend school or seek medical care. According to a report from the International Organization for Migration, more than 100,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent […]

Thousands Cross Border into Haiti, Including 905 Unaccompanied Minors

In response to the National Regularization Plan, 48,808 repatriates from the Dominican Republic, including 905 unaccompanied minors, have been recorded returning to Haiti from January to August 2016. Some of those arriving have been deported by Dominican authorities, and some have come “voluntarily” to escape violence and eventual deportation. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 905 unaccompanied minors among 48K returned from Dominican Republic M NH, Haiti Sentinel September 9, 2016 BELLADERE, Centre, HT (sentinel.ht) – For 2016, 48,808 repatriates from the Dominican Republic, including 905 unaccompanied minors, were recorded returning to the country by the the Support Group for Refugees and Repatriated Persons (GARR). From January to August 2016, the Dominican authorities have deported 21,384 persons, presumably Haitian nationals, from their territory. During the same period 26,704 have come to Haiti from the Dominican […]

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