Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Activists, Lawmakers Continue to Urge DHS Extend TPS for over 50, 000 Haitian Nationals

Over 50,000 Haitians who have been living in the United States for the past seven years could be sent back to Haiti next January. They were granted Temporary Protection Status (TPS) following the 2010 earthquake was extended last year under the Obama Administration after Hurricane Matthew ruined Haiti’s southern peninsula last year. The Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) John Kelly extended TPS for Haitian national for six month instead of the usual 18 months.  Haiti is not and won’t be ready to welcome back  those Haitians in the next few months. We urge DHS to extend TPS for Haiti for at least 18 months. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Full Article HERE Plea to Trump to Extend Haitian Temporary Protected Status Alan Warnick, NY Daily News  July 17, 2017  Q: I am here lawfully with Haitian Temporary […]

Top U.S. Official Indicates Special Immigration Status for Millions May Terminate Soon

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) “will likely be determined by the courts.” He also indicated that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals “will likely end.” Last May, Mr. Kelly extended TPS for Haitians for six months instead of the usual 18 months.  For more information on TPS extension, please visit our WEBSITE Click HERE to read the full article. Top Trump official warns special immigration status may end soon for a million people FRANCO ORDOÑEZ, McClatchyDC July 12, 2017 WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump’s top immigration official warned Hispanic members of Congress Wednesday that over a million people living in the United States under a special protected status could soon be placed in line for deportation. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that […]

Haitian Activists Press the U.S. to Extend TPS for Haitian Nationals

The Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status  (TPS) for Haitian nationals for six months instead of the usual 18 months.  Haitian activists, U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates urge  Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for at least 18 months for Haiti. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website Read Full Article HERE Haitian activists urge U.S. not to deport quake refugees Sebastian Malo, Reuters May 10, 2017 A Boston-based activist group, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), said it had been successful in lobbying lawmakers for their support. So far, the group had prompted some 90 members of Congress to publicly voice their support for the preservation of Haiti’s status, said Steve Forester, a spokesman for IJDH. “If there was ever a classic textbook case for TPS, it is Haiti,” he told […]

U.N. Wants to Transfer MINUSTAH’s Underspent Dollars to Haiti’s Cholera Fund

The United Nations said that it will ask Member States to voluntarily transfer their share of the MINUSTAH’s unspent money to the Haiti cholera fund to assist the victims of cholera. In 92 days, the U.N. will close its 13-year controversial peacekeeping mission on October 16th. Join our Time2Deliver campaign to add pressure to the  U.N. so that they can respect the promise they made to Haitian people. Read Full Article HERE UN asks countries to shift $40m to Haiti cholera fund, World UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations said Thursday it will ask countries to voluntarily hand over $40.5 million remaining from the budget of the soon-to-close mission in Haiti to help victims of cholera in the Caribbean country. The General Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing a proposal from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who is facing a major shortfall in the $400 million […]

Haitians Continue to Risk their Lives at Sea

The United States Coast Guard repatriated 102 Haitian nationals back to Haiti. This new development is a sign that Haiti is not and won’t be ready to welcome back thousands of its citizens from the United States in the next few months. Two months ago, Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals for six months instead of the usual 18 months.  Haitian activists, U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates continue to urge  Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for at least 18 months for Haiti. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Read the full article HERE U.S. Coast Guard repatriates 102 fleeing Haitian migrants to Haiti By: Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald July 12, 2017 In what it’s calling its largest interdiction of Haitians at sea in more than a year, the U.S. Coast […]

BAI: Haitian Govt. Should Do More to Protect Women from Sexual Harassment  

Sexual harassment inside or outside the workplace is unacceptable. Haitian government must take necessary steps to prevent and eliminate it. The Government of Haiti has the obligation under the Convention of the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to “take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the field of employment.”  As the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) noticed in its 2016 report titled “Gender Issues Facing Women and Girls,” Haiti has no specific laws that prohibit sexual harassment. As a result of that, the victims of sexual harassment are victimized twice. It is time for Haitian lawmakers to act by passing legislations that aim at protecting all women from sexual harassment in the workplace and outside the workplace. According to an article published by the Haitian newspaper, Le National, Haitian women face sexual harassment daily in their workplace, […]

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