Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

IJDH Activists Featured in Local Story

IJDH Intern Rodline Louijeune and Communications Coordinator Kermshlise Picard are both featured in this inspirational article about activism across borders, along with former Massachusetts State Rep. Marie St. Fleur. The women talk about how they help their parents’ native country even from here in the United States, and the power the U.S. has to improve the situation in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. SPECIAL FEATURE: BOSTON’S HAITIAN-AMERICAN ACTIVISTS FIGHT FOR JUSTICE ACROSS BORDERS AND GENERATIONS Part II in ‘A Higher Allegiance: The Rise of a Transnational Identity in Boston’s Immigrant Communities,’ a BINJ series Joshua Eaton, Dig Boston December 11, 2015 Rodline Louijeune still tears up when she talks about the earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010. She had visited Port-au-Prince just a few months before to see her uncle. While she […]

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 […]

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