Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Charlot Lucien: Tough Times, but We Are Still Winning

Dear friends, For many years, I have been a supporter of Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and I am proud to continue to support its advocacy and legal work for a just and democratic Haiti. I hope you feel the same way. As a native of Haiti, a media personality and engaged community member in the Haitian-American community in the United States, I have witnessed the work of IJDH closely, particularly in the areas of social justice and in its advocacy for fair immigration policies. I have followed IJDH’s work to hold the United Nations accountable for its role in spreading the cholera epidemic in Haiti. When IJDH and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) took on the cholera case seven years ago, I was for sure skeptical about the outcome. Today, thanks to their advocacy and […]

Press Release: Extraordinary Conditions in Haiti Make Deporting Thousands from the U.S. Unsafe

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE October 26, 2017, 12:01 EDT Extraordinary Conditions in Haiti Make Deporting Thousands from the U.S. Unsafe New Report Urges 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians (New York, October 26, 2017)— Haiti is not currently able to safely accommodate the return of thousands of Haitians in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), according to Extraordinary Conditions: A Statutory Analysis of Haiti’s Qualifications for TPS, a report released today by the Global Justice Clinic at New York University (NYU) School of Law. The report describes extraordinary conditions that persist in Haiti—including the impact of cholera, which continues to sicken and kill Haitian people, homelessness caused by natural disasters, and a spike in extreme hunger—that prevent the country from safely welcoming the 50,000 TPS holders and their families currently living in the United States. The report comes at a critical time. The Department […]

VICTORY in Boston: Boston City Council Unanimously Passes a Resolution in Support of Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Boston, MA – On Wednesday, August 23rd the Boston City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).”Centro Presente thanks City Councilor Josh Zakim for introducing this resolution and the City of Boston for its legacy of support for the immigrant community” said Patricia Montes, Executive Director of Centro Presente. “Boston has consistently shown itself to be a community that appreciates the diversity of its residents and in return immigrants such as TPS holders have helped make the town the thriving and vibrant place that it is.”In the next two years, the current Administration, through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will consider whether to extend designations of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all countries that currently hold TPS. TPS is a form of immigration status that provides employment authorization and protection from deportation […]

Haitians Migrate to Canada to avoid Deportation

Over 3,800 Haitians have illegally crossed the border from the New York to Canada. Around 58,000 Haitians have been living in the United States under Temporary Protection Status since the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Over the course of the past seven years, many TPS recipients have given birth to American-citizen children. Now that TPS may be coming to an end, families must decide whether the best course of action for their children. Parents must weigh the risk of remaining in the United States and separation if TPS ends, against seeking asylum in Canada and possible deportation. Unless TPS is renewed, many more will have to make this decision in the coming months. Read full Article HERE For More information on TPS click HERE Fearing Trump deportation, Haitians head to Canada and risk dividing their families Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald  August 17, 2017 […]

Haitian Immigrants Seeking Refuge in Canada Face Arrest at the Border

For Haitians fleeing the United States, Canada offers a pseudo sense of security as Lacolle, Quebec becomes an attraction not only for the tourists but for immigrants seeking a new life. Canada however is not the safe haven that it’s perceived to be. Upon crossing the border, migrants are arrested and detained. Although Canadian refugee camps offer basic amenities, migrants continuously face uncertainty. In the past,  only 50% of Haitians seeking asylum in Canada have had their requests granted and there is no guarantee it will be the same this time. Read full Article HERE  For Haitians in U.S., the road to refuge runs straight to Canada — and arrest Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald  August 12, 2017 CHAMPLAIN, N.Y.    The Canadian police officer at the border was adamant: If you cross here, you will immediately be arrested. The Haitian woman dragged […]

50,000 Haitians Could Lose Temporary Protected Status in the US But Canada May Not Be the Solution

As TPS expiration looms, thousands of Haitians who have been living in the United States in the past seven years are fleeing to Canada seeking asylum. Although the Canadian government ended their temporary protection status in 2016, their warm reception towards refugees makes Canada an attractive second choice. Although they could face deportation from Canada, many have taken the risk. for those Haitian families, leaving the U.S. is the only way for them to keep their families together. To learn more about TPS Click  the link to our  TPS PAGE To learn more about Cholera in Haiti click the link to our  Cholera Page  Read Full Article HERE.  Why are thousands of Haitians streaming into Canada from the U.S.? Verity Stevenson, CBC News August 3, 2017 Heading to Canada is one of the only options seen by many of the 50,000 Haitians who’ve been living […]

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