The quarterly stats for the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) as of December 31, 2016 are at the link below. They show 3,746 approvals (up from 2,996 the prior quarter), which is the number of approved individuals to whom travel documents have been issued. HFRP began in early 2015 after years of advocacy by IJDH and allies. The idea is to allow Haitians who have been approved for visas to wait for them in the United States with their families, where they can be safer, work, and send remittances back to improve Haiti’s stability. HFRP Data here. Learn more about HFRP.
Greetings, It has been an honor to work in collaboration with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) over the last several years. They have been a strong force fighting for social justice and for human and civil rights in Haiti. As a State Senator, I have seen firsthand IJDH’s work with the Haitian diaspora and friends of Haiti. The devastating earthquake of 2010 led to my partnership with IJDH and other community organizations, in response to the disaster. Petitioning our government to allow a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program for people already approved for visas in Haiti was no small feat, yet IJDH was there with us collecting signatures. Before long, President Barack Obama granted HFRP for Haitian families. IJDH led the charge addressing the cholera epidemic by […]
…or rather, begin repaying the debt, which has been imposed on Haiti almost since the country claimed its independence in 1804. The US has long been involved in Haiti in detrimental ways but by redesignating Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, and expanding the Haitian Family Reunification Program, which is currently too limited, President Obama has a chance to begin to make things right. There is still time before he leaves office. Will he heed the calls for justice? Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dear President Obama, while there is time Nancy Young, Medium December 20, 2016 Dear President Obama: I tried to call you yesterday on a matter of great urgency and justice to the people of Haiti and those who love them here in the US. But the White House comments line was […]
Even before Hurricane Matthew, Haiti was in no state to accept refugees deported from the United States. After the Hurricane, with the south all but destroyed, spikes in cholera and a precarious political situation, it makes even less sense to deport Haitians but the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will begin again. Elected officials in Florida, as well as advocates, urge the Obama administration not only to stop these deportations; but also to extend Temporary Status for Haitians and expand the Haitian Family Reunification Program. The latter has allowed only 1,952 Haitians who are approved for visas into the US, due to its arbitrary restrictions. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian-American Elected Officials Ask President Obama to Expand Family Reunification South Florida Caribbean News December 16, 2016 MIAMI – City […]
Please online-message and spread the word TODAY! Today, Monday December 19, contact the White House, DHS, and Congress to stop Haiti deportations, redesignate Haiti for TPS due to Hurricane Matthew, expand the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP), and fund UN cholera eradication and justice efforts! ASK PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO DO THESE THINGS NOW! President Trump Needs to Hear From the Haitian Diaspora And Its Supporters! REDESIGNATE TPS, EXPAND HFRP, HALT DEPORTATIONS, ERADICATE CHOLERA! TPS was designed for disasters like Matthew rendering deportations unsafe! And only 1,952 Haitians have succeeded under HFRP (compared to over 100,000 under the Cuban program)! Like deportations to a nation reeling from Matthew, inaction on TPS and HFRP makes no sense; and the UN’s cholera eradication plans need US funding. PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD ACT NOW! CALL TO ACTION: Contact the White House, your Representative in Congress and the Department of Homeland Security TOADAY! […]
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s current 18-month designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status expires on July 22. About 50,000 Haitians who arrived in the US prior to January 12, 2011, one year after the earthquake, are currently protected by TPS, the majority of whom arrived years before it struck. They have community ties including US-born children, and their remittances support hundreds of thousands of loved ones in Haiti. IJDH is actively coordinating and participating in efforts to seek TPS’s extension for another 18 months, which is appropriate because deportations to Haiti now are unsafe and because Haiti’s government is in no position to assimilate them given the effects of the earthquake, Hurricane Matthew, the unchecked cholera epidemic, and political and economic challenges. See also our sections on Food Insecurity after Hurricane Matthew, on Cholera Accountability, and on Detention […]