Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian Flag: A Symbol of Global Freedom and Democracy 

May 18 is Flag Day in Haiti, which celebrates 215 years of Haitian leadership in the fight for global freedom and democracy. In fact, Haitians invented the concept of Universal Human Rights: unlike the United States, which proclaimed that “all men are created equal” in 1776 without meaning “all”, and France who asserted “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” for some people in 1789, the Haitians in 1803 extended freedom and rights to everyone. At the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), we are honored to fight alongside our Haitian partners to advance the promise of universal rights in Haiti and abroad.Together with our Haitian partner, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), IJDH continues to insist that everyone is obligated to respect Haitians’ rights, including the United Nations, which must take responsibility for its deadly cholera epidemic that has taken 10,000 Haitian lives, and the United States, which must stop discriminating against Haitians in the U.S. […]

Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM) Releases their Artbook ‘Migrating Colors: Haitian Arts in New England’ on January 12

  To commemorate the 8th Anniversary of Haiti’s Jan. 12 Earthquake, JEBCA Editions is pleased to announce the release of the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM) artbook Migrating Colors: Haitian Arts in New England featuring the artworks of 30 Haitian artists living in New England. Several pages of the book pay tribute to Haitian artists from the city of Jacmel, Haiti, and the survivors of Haiti’s January 12 Earthquake of 2010. The event will take place on Friday, January 12 at 4 P.M. in the Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery, located at the Boston City Hall, it is a symbolic remembrance of the earthquake that killed more than 230,000 people.  Several dignitaries, including the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh, and artists featured in the book are scheduled to attend the reception. Click HERE more details.

Join the Haitian-American Community in Boston to Rally in Support of TPS  Extension for Haitians

Over 50,000 Haitian families who have been living in the United States under TPS status could be deported next January if the Trump’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminates TPS status for Haiti. Join the Haitian-American Community in Boston on November 5th from 2:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. in front of St. Angela Church State House located in Mattapan, MA, to rally in support of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 50,000 Haitians. Get directions

Tell President Trump to Extend TPS for 58,000 Haitians NOW

President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security will decide by November 23 whether to end Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation or extend it. Relentless advocacy by IJDH and allies staved off termination in May. We are working even harder for a new18-month extension. But we need your help. The lives of 58,000 Haitians and their families including US-born children are at stake.Here’s what you can do: first, endorse this letter now circulating nationwide (please fill out this simple form ASAP). Second, convince your local city councilor, county commissioner, and/or state legislator to adapt, introduce and pass this resolution urging President Trump to extend Haiti’s TPS designation for 18 months. As in the Spring, IJDH efforts are in high gear —recent support generated includes resolutions by the Broward County Commission, the City of North Miami, the US Conference of Mayors, letters […]

Unable to Enter US, Haitians Settle in Mexico

After Barack Obama tightened his stance on immigration, many Haitian migrants began to settle in Mexico, rather than attempt to cross the border. For as long as the the Trump administration remains in power, these Haitians have little hope of entering the United Statets safely. As a result, more than 4,000 Haitians have been stranded in Mexico—2,000 of them in Tijuana, where they’ve set up their own “Little Haiti”. Visit our immigration page for more information about Haitian immigrants and TPS extension. Part of the article is provided below. Read the full article HERE Stranded Haitians settling in Tijuana Mexico News Daily, 10 July 2017 It’s a long way from Port-au-Prince to Tijuana but little by little thousands of Haitian migrants stranded in the city are beginning to feel more at home as they put down roots and even influence the local population with […]

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. […]

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