Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

US Deportees Face Illegal Detentions, Health Risk in Haiti (Miami Herald)

Jacob Kushner, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting November 15, 2011 Deportees from the U.S. to Haiti face myriad risks once in the country, including life-threatening cholera infections. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The United States has deported more than 250 Haitians since January knowing that one in two will be jailed without charges in facilities so filthy they pose life-threatening health risks. The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting has found that the Obama administration has not followed its own policy of seeking alternatives to deportation when there are serious medical and humanitarian concerns. “What’s distinct about the situation in Haiti is that, unlike in other countries, people are immediately jailed, and the conditions in Haitian jails are condemned universally for violating human rights,” said Rebecca Sharpless of the University of Miami Law School Immigration Clinic, which helps immigrants appeal deportation orders. The […]

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