Greetings, It has been an honor to work in collaboration with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) over the last several years. They have been a strong force fighting for social justice and for human and civil rights in Haiti. As a State Senator, I have seen firsthand IJDH’s work with the Haitian diaspora and friends of Haiti. The devastating earthquake of 2010 led to my partnership with IJDH and other community organizations, in response to the disaster. Petitioning our government to allow a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program for people already approved for visas in Haiti was no small feat, yet IJDH was there with us collecting signatures. Before long, President Barack Obama granted HFRP for Haitian families. IJDH led the charge addressing the cholera epidemic by […]
The week after Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti, Senators Ed Markey and Linda Dorcena Forry held a forum at the Massachusetts State House called “Eyes on Haiti.” In it, they discussed the response to Matthew, what Senator Markey had seen in his visit to Haiti after the hurricane, aid accountability, and justice for cholera. Senator Markey stated that he believes we are getting closer to justice for cholera, especially with the opportunity of Ban Ki-moon’s term ending soon, but the United Nations probably needs continued pressure to make it “do the right thing.” IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon discussed how the lack of accountability caused Hurricane Matthew to devastate Haiti much more than surrounding countries that were hit. The next forum is planned for the first week of December. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. […]
Senator Ed Markey just returned from a trip to Haiti to observe the hurricane response, and now he wants to hear from all of us. This Friday, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry will host a panel at the State House on cholera and the response to Hurricane Matthew. This is also an opportunity to urge Senator Markey to do more for Haiti. Eyes on Haiti: A conversation about cholera and disaster response When: 1-2:30pm on Friday, October 14 Where: Massachusetts State House room 428 Who: Senator Ed Markey, Massachusetts Brian Concannon, IJDH Executive Director Whether or not you can attend, please share this post or the Boston Haitian Reporter notice with anyone you know who cares about Haiti.
The Massachusetts Delegation of Senators and Representatives wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the State Department to encourage the Department of Agriculture (USDA) not to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haiti. According to the USDA, this shipment of peanuts will be a great help to Haiti during its current hunger crisis. Haitians and advocates, however, recognize the devastating impact this shipment would have, as Haiti already produces its own peanuts and the industry has recovered well since the 2010 earthquake. The Delegation wrote this letter in support of Massachusetts Senator Linda Dorcena Forry’s letter opposing the USDA’s peanut plan. Click HERE for the full letter and signatures. May 6, 2016 The Hon. John F. Kerry, Secretary of State US Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Mr. Secretary: We write in […]
The ongoing citizenship crisis in the Dominican Republic has sparked various responses among Massachusetts politicians. They must find the balance between acting on their opinions, their constituents’ demands and the good of the greater international community. For some, this issue is much more personal; State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, for example, was born to Haitian parents who immigrated to the U.S. For Dorcena Forry and others, the response is clear: boycott the DR to pressure the Dominican government into ending the humanitarian crisis. However, other politicians argue that a boycott will hurt the Dominican economy and the Dominican population living in the U.S. This source of opposition may be decisive in future elections. Click HERE for the original article. Caribbean issue divides Mass. lawmakers Maria Sacchetti, The Boston Globe July 18, 2015 State Representative Frank Moran and Senator Linda Dorcena […]
Activists worldwide are uniting against the Dominican Republic (DR)’s recent decision to begin deporting those who didn’t meet a registration deadline. These activists include Dominicans themselves, and the Haitian community, both of whom are most affected by this decision. In a June 30th press conference, Boston politicians urged Americans to boycott the Dominican Republic until this decision is reversed, as tourism is a major part of DR’s budget. The article also includes a quote from IJDH legal intern Wesley Lainé, who spoke to people coming into Haiti at the border with DR. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Deportations of noncitizens in Dominican Republic protested by activists in Boston Laura Crimaldi, The Boston Globe July 5, 2015 In the Dominican Republic, which is best known to some for its beaches, the deportations of noncitizens have […]