Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Don’t Just Get Outraged, Get Justice: Fight Back Against President Trump’s Racism

Dear Friends, President Trump’s remarks about Haiti and other countries are hateful, ignorant and harmful to Haitians and to the United States. His policies that flow from this same hate and ignorance are even more harmful, especially the November 20 termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS termination harms the 50,000 Haitians with TPS and their 27,000 U.S. born-children, but also the families, communities and workplaces where they contribute every day.Your elected representatives in Congress can reverse the TPS termination, and you can make them do it. There are several initiatives right now on Capitol Hill, such as including TPS holders in budget negotiations (that provoked the President’s outburst) and several introduced bills to protect TPS-holders and find permanent solutions. Republicans in Congress have a special opportunity and obligation to stand up against racism, as the majority party. […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IJDH Statement of Solidarity With the Haitian People and Condemnation of President’s White Supremacist Remarks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Wadner Pierre, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), wadner@ijdh.org, +1 (617) 816-2815 IJDH Statement of Solidarity With the Haitian People and Condemnation of President’s White Supremacist Remarks The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) would like to thank the Haitian people for the privilege of joining their struggle for justice over the last fourteen years.  Haitians founded the modern human rights movement when they abolished slavery in 1804— before any other country. The first Black Republic provided critical support to anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggles in the United States, Latin American countries and many others. Haitians continue to be a model and an inspiration for the human rights movement, as they fight for justice, sovereignty and human rights on a daily basis with principle, compassion and courage. On the eighth anniversary of […]

Hundreds of Haitians Gather in Orlando Church to Plead for TPS Extension

Nearly 2,000 people gathered in Eglise Baptiste Philadelphie d’Orlando in hopes of pushing the Trump administration to extend TPS for the 58,000 Haitians living under the program’s protection. Organizers screened a clip of Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Little Haiti, at which he promised to be the Haitian people’s “greatest champion.” The Trump administration is expected to make a decision by next Tuesday, May 23. Add your voice: Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haitians rally in Orlando as deadline to extend immigration protections nears Monivette Cordeiro, Orlando Weekly May 15, 2017 Almost 2,000 people crowded into the Eglise Baptiste Philadelphie d’Orlando church last weekend to demand that President Donald Trump expand immigration protections for Haitians who fear they may be deported. […]

Allowing TPS Expiration for Haitians May Signal Future of Trump Administration

Recent recommendations from the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to end TPS by January have shocked many who understand the instability that still affects tens of thousands in Haiti. Currently, +40,000 Haitians live in makeshift shelter or tents, the country is recovering from damage to much of its infrastructure, and the southern regions suffer from a severe food and housing shortage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. After visiting Haiti and seeing the situation there, politicians have urged President Trump and DHS Secretary Kelly to renew TPS. However, many now fear that these warnings will go unheeded by the Trump administration as it approaches the July 22 deadline for extension. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Tens of thousands of Haitians could be sent back to Haiti if Trump agency has its way Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald […]

USCIS Director Recommends Ending Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

For months, advocates and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have been urging extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS was first granted in 2010 after an earthquake ravaged Haiti and it has been constantly extended since then since conditions in Haiti haven’t improved enough to send people back. Now, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services has recommended that the Secretary of Homeland Security not extend the TPS deadline. Continued advocacy is needed to make sure that this recommendation is not heeded! Part of the article is below. Read the full text here. Learn more about TPS and calls for extension. Trump immigration agency wants to kick 50,000 Haitians out of the USA Alan Gomez, USA Today April 20, 2017 President Trump’s immigration agency is recommending that the U.S. end temporary protections by next January for 50,000 Haitians […]

Haitian Communities’ Stress Mounts as TPS Deadline Approaches

After the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S. because the conditions in Haiti were too poor to accommodate them. Ever since then, the deadline has been extended every 18 months but now, major uncertainty looms over how the Trump administration will deal with TPS. Will they allow Haitians a more permanent path to staying in the U.S. as has been recommended by a Federal court in San Francisco, will they extend TPS for Haitians or will they end TPS altogether? Some Haitians are even being denied jobs due to the fear that their work permits will expire this summer. The continued suffering and hunger after the October 2016 Hurricane Matthew demonstrates that Haiti is still ill-equipped to handle a large influx of people. Haitians living in the U.S. are able to send remittances back […]

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