Marleine Bastien, the Executive Director of Haitian Women of Miami, discusses the importance of extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 50,000 legally residing in the U.S. In December 2016, former Secretary of State John Kerry recommended that TPS be extended for Haitians due to continued instability in their home country. However, in what seems to be a drastic departure from this prior recommendation, the acting director of USCIS, James McCament, recently opined that circumstances in Haiti have improved and have not warranted the full extension of TPS. In reality, Haiti still has many obstacles to overcome in its path to recovery from the January 2010 Earthquake, including destruction from Hurricane Matthew, a deadly cholera epidemic and growing food and housing insecurity. Haiti will be unable to support 50,000 dislocated Haitians, and communities across the U.S., including Disney World and Little Haiti, FL, would suffer […]
Trish Wilson is the international investigators editor who oversaw a recent Associated Press investigation into UN sex abuse in Haiti. AP uncovered a sex ring involving at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, who exploited and abused 9 Haitian children over a period of three years. The UN had conducted an internal investigation into this ring; UN officials interviewed the children and confirmed their allegations of horrific abuse. However, the UN lacks jurisdiction to prosecute or punish its peacekeepers, and responsibility falls on perpetrators’ home countries. Thus, despite corroboration of the victims’ experiences, the peacekeepers faced few repercussions and were largely held unaccountable for the crimes, continuing a culture of impunity within the UN. Part of the interview is shown below. Click HERE for the original interview. UN peacekeepers accused of thousands of cases of abuse, AP finds PBS NewsHour April 12, 2017 JUDY […]
Al Jazeera English is celebrating its ten-year anniversary by giving updates on its most memorable documentaries in a series called REWIND. One of those REWIND features is Haiti in a Time of Cholera, which was filmed in 2013 and won an Emmy award in 2014. To update the story, Al Jazeera interviewed IJDH Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom, who is also leading the cholera case and advocacy against the United Nations’ lack of accountability. Some excerpts are below. Click HERE for the full feature. Rewind: Haiti in a Time of Cholera Al Jazeera English November 8, 2016 … What was your reaction when the UN secretary-general finally acknowledged the UN’s role in August 2016? How effective has the UN’s response been for eradicating cholera in Haiti? So far, the UN’s response to cholera has been completely underwhelming. Cholera is a tremendous emergency. […]
In the interview below, Jonathan Katz, who was a foreign correspondent in Haiti at the time of the 2010 earthquake and the cholera epidemic later caused by the UN, explains what needs to be done better after Hurricane Matthew. He stresses the needs for accountability from international aid organizations and agencies, partnership with the Haitian government, and building systems to prevent such a devastating impact from the next natural disaster. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Why Haiti wasn’t ready for a hurricane: A Q&A with Jonathan Katz Jonathan Katz, IRIN News October 19, 2016 Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew slammed into southern Haiti, the scale of the damage is still becoming horrifyingly apparent. According to the UN, some 1.4 million people are in urgent need of aid and that number is expected to rise, […]
Earlier this week Brian Concannon gave a podcast interview with Mathias Antonsson, CEO and Founder of Plurrify. Concannon discusses IJDH’s various projects in Haiti, including cholera accountability, fair elections, women’s rights, lawyer training, and the Duvalier prosecution. Concannon also details his personal story, and how a native Bostonian became a prominent and active fighter for Haitian rights. Plurrify October 11, 2016 Click HERE for the post on Plurrify’s site.
KCRW gave an interview with Brian Concannon on Hurricane Matthew. To access the interview, click the link below, scroll to the second play option under “From This Episode” titled Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti Click HERE to listen to the interview.