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Congresswoman Clarke works to protect Haitian nationals from deportation

In the aftermath of recent legislation affecting U.S. immigration policy, many refugees and undocumented immigrants fear for their lives as they face potential deportation to their country of origin. Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke is now advocating for new legislation to protect Haitian refugees from returning to a country still rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew. The Haiti Emergency Relief Act of 2017 would apply to Haitian nationals who were in the U.S. before November 4, 2016 and extend Temporary Protected Status to these eligible individuals for 18 months. Haitians were originally granted TPS after the 2010 earthquake so that they could seek refuge in the United States and also send remittances to Haiti to support family members still there. Clarke believes that the money generated from remittances of TPS grantees would play a major role in helping Haiti recover. Part of the article is shown below. […]

President Moise sworn in as Haiti’s 58th president

President Jovenel Moise was sworn in to office, filling a void left by a delayed electoral process. In his inaugural address, Moise reaffirmed his commitment to economic development and supporting the diaspora community. However, Moise’s ascension to power is accompanied by many inherited long-term challenges facing the country, including the devastating impacts of the recent Hurricane Matthew and the 2010 earthquake, poverty, and decelerating economic growth. The article is shown below in its entirety. Click HERE for the original article. Haiti’s new President sworn in after yearlong political stalemate Dalila-Johari Paul, CNN February 8, 2017 It took almost a year, but Haiti’s new President has finally been sworn in. Jovenel Moise inherits a government still reeling from an electoral crisis that had left the presidency vacant since early 2016 — but during Tuesday’s inauguration he vowed to uplift a nation devastated by earthquakes, poverty and […]

UN Partners with Haitian Government and Relief Groups for Long-Term Disaster Plan

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016 and Haitians are still struggling to rebuild. The United Nations, the Haitian government and some relief organizations just announced a $291 million plan to address this, including long-term solutions to reduce Haitians’ vulnerability to future disasters. The plan’s objectives also mention response to cholera and other waterborne diseases, and dealing with Haitians coming back from the Dominican Republic. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian Government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience UN News Centre February 7, 2017 The United Nations together with relief organizations in Haiti have launched a two-year, $291 million response plan with the Government to reach more than 2.4 million people across the island that was struck by a devastating hurricane last October. “With more than 98 per […]

Assessment shows food insecurity still widespread in Haiti

The Haitian government and its UN partners have made significant improvements to alleviate the nation’s food insecurity, but the work is far from over. A recent assessment shows uneven progress across the country, noting that the areas least affected by Hurricane Matthew are now facing greater challenges of food insecurity. Part of the article is posted below. Click HERE for the original article. Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger Caribbean News Now! January 20, 2017 While the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the tiny island nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The UN World Food Programme released findings from a joint assessment conducted in December with the UN […]

Seven Years after the Earthquake: Haiti in an unprecedented humanitarian, food, and climate crisis

Press Contact: Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Nicole @ijdh.org (510) 715-2855 Seven Years after the Earthquake: Haiti in an unprecedented humanitarian, food, and climate crisis January 12, 2017 – Washington, DC –  On the seventh anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, human rights groups, faith-based organizations, policy institutes and humanitarian organizations would like to honor those who lost their lives in the earthquake, as well as those who lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Haiti’s vulnerability to natural disasters is the result of human policies, which can be changed. As the election crisis comes to an end, and President-elect Jovenel Moise is set to take office on February 7, 2017, there’s a unique opportunity for sustained change now. January 12, 2010 Earthquake The earthquake […]

Why Re-Designating Temporary Protected Status for Haiti is Much-Needed

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was first designated for Haitians who were in the United States on or before the devastating earthquake of 2010. Now, after Hurricane Matthew has worsened Haiti’s already-poor infrastructure and cholera epidemic, TPS should be redesignated. Haiti cannot currently support people who were deported, and redesignation would also help much-needed remittances be sent back to help Haiti recover. In this article, IJDH’s Steven Forester and FANM’s Marleine Bastien explain the importance of TPS and urge president Obama to redesignate it while he still has the chance. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Here’s why Obama should broaden TPS for Haitians Marleine Bastien & Steven Forester, Miami Herald December 25, 2016 Last week, Haitian Americans nationwide contacted the White House and their representatives in Congress urging President Obama to act on three goals […]

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