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12 US Senators Urge Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

Senators Menendez, Nelson, Leahy, Durbin, Warren, Markey, Booker, Feinstein, Wyden, Franken, Brown, and Reed have joined in the calls for the Obama administration to re-designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS was last granted to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake. After Hurricane Matthew, the Senators “believe the reports of widespread damage and destruction in Haiti make TPS designation appropriate.” They also request clarification of the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to pause non-criminal deportations to Haiti, given that the situation there was poor even before Hurricane Matthew. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Sens. Menendez and Nelson Lead TPS Request for Haitians in Wake of Hurricane Matthew Request clarification of new deportation policy of Haitians Senator Bob Menendez Thursday, October 13, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC – Following the devastation and humanitarian disaster suffered by […]

Join the movement to #EndHaitiCholera

IJDH is joining the Haiti Advocacy Working Group in a special campaign for cholera justice. Will you take five minutes to join us? Here are some actions you can take: 1. Visit the FaceJustice website: 2. Use and share the Social Media toolkit: 3. Share the link to the interfaith letter on cholera justice with people/organizations who can sign: 4. Sign the cholera petition: 5. Use our sample tweets to send messages to President Obama and Secretary Kerry: – I’m standing up for cholera victims. @UN @BarackObama will you? #Justice4Cholera #EndHaitiCholera – .@BarackObama @JohnKerry @StateDept Help prevent future deaths by exercising your leadership and pressuring the @UN to #EndHaitiCholera – .@BarackObama @JohnKerry six years of cholera death is far too long. #EndHaitiCholera now! 6. Take a selfie! Post a photo of yourself with a sign […]

Senators Call on Secy. Kerry to Address Cholera in Haiti

U.S. Senators Ed Markey [D-MA] and Marco Rubio [R-FL] came together on a letter asking that Secretary of State John Kerry appropriately address the cholera outbreak in Haiti. The bipartisan duo demands immediate action, echoing the recent letter to the Secretary sent by 158 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Cholera Epidemic in Haiti Demands Immediate Action Say U.S. Senators Markey and Rubio Ed Markey, United States Senator for Massachusetts July 22, 2016 As Haiti continues to suffer from a cholera epidemic that has resulted in more cases and deaths than any other known cholera outbreak in the Americas, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on the State Department to address the crisis and urge the United Nations (UN) to take responsibility and appropriate steps to remedy the […]

Senators demand US lead on UN accountability and immediate action for Haiti cholera

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti,; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl).) Senators demand US lead on UN accountability and immediate action for Haiti cholera Foreign Relations Committee Members Join Rising Chorus of Voices Supporting Cholera Victims’ Rights   BOSTON, July 25 2016 – U.S. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are calling on the United States to “utilize its leadership position to stress the importance of UN accountability and action to remediate the ongoing impact of cholera in Haiti.” The two Senators, both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and representing states with substantial Haitian-American constituencies, conveyed their concerns in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on July 21. The letter is the first statement from the Senate regarding accountability […]

Letter From Congress Pushes UN to Take Action

A bipartisan letter from 158 members of Congress asking the US State Department to demand UN accountability and remedy for the cholera epidemic has been sent to Secretary of State John Kerry. It was circulated by Representatives Mia Love and John Conyers and is intended to change the status quo of the UN’s disposition in Haiti regarding the outbreak. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. Lawmakers Call for UN Accountability in Haiti Cholera Case Zenitha Prince, Afro July 2, 2016 Two Black lawmakers are leading a bipartisan push for the U.S. State Department to “immediately and unreservedly exercise its leadership” to ensure the United Nations takes responsibility for a devastating cholera epidemic caused by the improper disposal of sewage by UN peacekeepers. According to the letter addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry and signed by 158 members of […]

Dear Colleague Letter Urges John Kerry to Demand Justice for Haiti

158 Members of U.S. Congress have endorsed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry criticizing the support from the U.S. government in supporting UN impunity regarding the cholera outbreak in Haiti. The bipartisan letter sports 12 Republican endorsements and was co-sponsored by Representative Mia Love [R-UT] with John Conyers [D-MI] taking lead. According to the letter, the Obama Administration failed to hold the UN accountable when it unwittingly created a deadly outbreak of cholera by sending Peacekeeping troops into the country after the 2010 earthquake. Click HERE for the original article. Congress Faults Obama for Not Being Tough With UN Over Haiti’s Cholera Crisis Ed Pilkington, The Guardian June 29, 2016 A bipartisan group of 158 members of Congress has accused the Obama administration of a failure of leadership over the cholera scandal in Haiti in which at least 30,000 people […]

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