Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

US Should Take Action Against Mass Deportations from DR

The Dominican Republic (DR) government has announced imminent deportations to Haiti of those who failed to meet a recent registration deadline. International human rights advocates have decried this decision as a human rights violation, as many of those deported have never been to Haiti, don’t speak the language, and have no family there. Maryland Governor O’Malley, a Democratic presidential candidate, urges strong U.S. action to stop the Dominican Republic’s “abhorrent affront” of threatened mass expulsions. Moral Leadership in Our Own Hemisphere Gov. Martin O’Malley, HuffPost Politics June 17, 2015 Last year, when tens of thousands of children traveled hundreds of miles — risking death and starvation — to flee violence and drug gangs in Central America, and showed up on our nation’s doorstep, we faced a moral test as a country. We could either send these children back to certain death — […]

Haitian Family Reunification Will Soon Begin

After years of advocacy for its implementation, a limited version of the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HRFPP) is set to begin on February 2, 2015. With that come scams and fees from people hoping to profit from applicants’ lack of familiarity with the regulations. To help prevent that, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, a State Representative and 2 City Councillors met with  members of the Haitian community in Boston to teach them what to look out for. While we are excited about this first step to HFRPP, we will also keep fighting for full implementation of the program. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian community briefed on ‘Family Reunification’ process Eliza Dewey, Dorchester Reporter January 29, 2015 Five years after a catastrophic earthquake rocked Haiti, the ongoing impacts of the disaster were evident last […]

What’s next for Haitian Family Reunification?

This article explains the recent developments regarding the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, set to begin in early 2015. As the criteria for the 2015 start date only apply to a fraction of those on waiting lists, advocates will continue fighting for full implementation. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. What is the Haitian Family Reunification Parole? Dennis Mulligan, Haïti Liberté November 12-18, 2014 Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementing the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program. The purpose of this program is to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. HFRP will allow some Haitians living in Haiti to come to the United States before they can actually apply for their green card, if their relatives in the […]

Fight for Haitian Family Reunification Continues

Although the Department of Homeland Security has announced a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP) to begin in 2015, it is limited. The HFRPP as announced only includes about 5,000 Haitians while thousands more will continue waiting on lists of up to 12 years in Haiti. Advocates will continue fighting until a full HFRPP is implemented. Click HERE for the original. Haitian Reunification fight to continue, activists say Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 21, 2014 South Florida immigration and Haitian activists vowed Tuesday to closely monitor a new U.S. immigration policy that will allow thousands of Haitians who are eligible to receive a green card in two years to wait it out in the United States with relatives. At the same time, activists said they will continue to urge the Obama administration to increase the number of Haitians — about 100,000 […]

DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Program!

The Department of Homeland Security announced today that it will implement a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP), starting in early 2015. This HFRPP will let thousands of approved Haitian beneficiaries promptly enter the U.S. if they are within two years of their visa priority dates.  IJDH, with Haitian American leaders and others nationwide, has led a years-long effort to win this program’s creation to save lives and help Haiti recover.  While the program is more limited than needed, thousands should benefit, and we will monitor its implementation and seek its expansion in coming months. Click HERE for the original article. Obama to expedite U.S. entry for thousands of Haitians Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 17, 2014 Haitians eligible to receive green cards in two years soon will be able to wait it out in the United States rather than […]

White House Avoids Haitian Family Reunification

Despite letters of support from many different organizations and bipartisan leaders, the Obama administration continues to ignore the need for a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP). This is particularly upsetting for Haitian Americans and advocates because a similar program for Cubans already exists and was recently renewed. President Obama’s broken promises on HFRPP will likely result in decreased voter turnout in next month’s elections. Click HERE for the original text. Obama ignores Haitian family reunification Steve Forester & Marleine Bastien, Miami Herald October 15, 2014 President Obama plans to announce executive actions regarding immigration tailored to Hispanic needs, a key demographic. While that’s smart substantively and politically, his neglect of a key Haitian-American goal may lower voter turnout next month. The president has so far ignored more than 80 significant calls since 2010 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create […]

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