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Discuss Haiti Cholera and Hurricane Response with Massachusetts Senators [EVENT]

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.

Congressional Letter Against USDA Peanut Dumping in 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 […]

Dominican Policies Cause Tension Among MA Politicians

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 […]

Boston Activists Unite Against DR Deportations

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 […]

Boston Politicians and Leaders Denounce DR Deportations

June 30, 2015, Massachusetts Senator Linda Dorcena Forry held a press conference on the State House steps to denounce the potential mass deportations from the Dominican Republic (DR). Senator Forry and several other political and community leaders expressed their disapproval of DR’s handling of the situation and their solidarity with the Haitian and Dominican communities. IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon was also asked to speak, and this article includes a great quote from one of our legal fellows, Wesley Lainé. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Coalition decries ‘humanitarian crisis'; calls for tourism boycott of DR Charlie Dorf, Boston Haitian Reporter July 1, 2015 Warning of a worsening humanitarian crisis, Haitian and Dominican community leaders in Boston joined forces with a multi-ethnic coalition of immigration advocates yesterday on the steps of the Massachusetts State House […]

Massachusetts Senator Forry Speaks Out Against DR Deportations

The Dominican Republic recently announced a decision to begin deporting those of foreign ancestry who failed to meet a June 17th registration deadline. While the international human rights community has been speaking out about this decision, international governments have yet to respond. Massachusetts Senator Linda Dorcena Forry adds her voice to the growing cry for justice and solidarity with those facing deportation. Part of the statement is below. Click HERE for the pdf. June 25, 2015 Senator Forry Statement on Human Rights Violations in the Dominican Republic “I am deeply disappointed and dismayed that the government of the Dominican Republic is once again pursuing the large-scale expulsion of people of Haitian descent. The prospect of large-volume deportations is troubling given the historic mistreatment of fellow Dominicans of Haitian ancestry. In addition to disrupting the lives of tens of thousands of hard-working […]

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