Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Grand’Anse: Farmers Struggling to Rebuild their Lives Post-Hurricane Matthew

Nine months after Hurricane Matthew devastated the southern peninsula of Haiti, farmers who have been  self-sufficient are now struggling to make ends meet. They  have been unable to afford to buy the staples that they once grew in their fields. With the exodus of humanitarian aid, many feel that they have been forgotten by their own government. They are worried about the government’s ability and interest in assisting their recovery from the hurricane that ruined their lives, destroyed their livelihoods and left behind $2.8 billion in damage. Read Full Article HERE After Hurricane Matthew, many  victims in Haiti feel abandoned Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald July 14, 2017 PLAINE GOMMIERS, HAITI: A feisty Vanette Joseph slowly navigates her way through a field of debris, passing broken branches and other reminders of last year’s devastating 145-mph hurricane before spying one of her few surviving plants. […]

Haitians Continue to Risk their Lives at Sea

The United States Coast Guard repatriated 102 Haitian nationals back to Haiti. This new development is a sign that Haiti is not and won’t be ready to welcome back thousands of its citizens from the United States in the next few months. Two months ago, Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals for six months instead of the usual 18 months.  Haitian activists, U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates continue to urge  Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for at least 18 months for Haiti. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Read the full article HERE U.S. Coast Guard repatriates 102 fleeing Haitian migrants to Haiti By: Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald July 12, 2017 In what it’s calling its largest interdiction of Haitians at sea in more than a year, the U.S. Coast […]

U.N. Picks New Envoy for Haiti Cholera Fundraising Efforts

The United Nations announced its third official to lead cholera fundraising efforts, a position which has so far produced drastically underwhelming results. There is a growing urgency in Haiti for cholera prevention, relief and compensations for those affected. But the next fundraising chair, Josette Sheeran, faces a significant shortage of donor funds and a resistant international community. Despite promising $400 million to fight cholera in Haiti, the U.N. has only raised $2.7 million, and currently only $183,000 remains in the fund. However, while some may give excuses for the U.N.’s fundraising shortages, one thing is certain: the U.N. is responsible for the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti, and its victims deserve justice as promised. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. With little money to combat cholera in Haiti, U.N. names new fundraising chief Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 20, 2017 A former top State Department official […]

Central American and Haitian Advocates Team Up for TPS Extension

Haiti isn’t the only country facing a potential termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the coming months— TPS-holders from Central American countries such as Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua are also at risk of losing their TPS designations. Central American and Haitians activists have banded together to advocate for TPS extension. They’ve scheduled meetings with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala in hopes of gaining their support in the fight for TPS extension. Visit our immigration page for more information about TPS extension. Read the full article HERE Haitians, Central Americans unite to fight deportation orders By Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald June 7, 2017 Banding together for the first time, activists from Haiti and three Central American countries announced Wednesday they’ll meet next week with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to try to enlist their […]

Former and Current U.S. Officials Urging Sec John Kelly to Extend TPS for Haitian Nationals

The current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that allows Haitians to legally reside in the United States after the 2010 earthquake will expire on July 22, and the fate of over 50,000 Haitians rests in the hands of Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly.  Last April, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting Director James McCament recommended that the U.S. government end TPS for Haitian nationals. This recommendation is contradictory to the USCIS’s last December report that finds that the situation is still precarious in Haiti. The report also states that the country is still experiencing housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats, which makes “unsuitable” for Haitians current living in the U.S. to return to their home. Leon Rodriguez, McCament’s predecessor, said: “It’s in the best interest of the U.S. to protect refugees.” Add […]

Allowing TPS Expiration for Haitians May Signal Future of Trump Administration

Recent recommendations from the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to end TPS by January have shocked many who understand the instability that still affects tens of thousands in Haiti. Currently, +40,000 Haitians live in makeshift shelter or tents, the country is recovering from damage to much of its infrastructure, and the southern regions suffer from a severe food and housing shortage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. After visiting Haiti and seeing the situation there, politicians have urged President Trump and DHS Secretary Kelly to renew TPS. However, many now fear that these warnings will go unheeded by the Trump administration as it approaches the July 22 deadline for extension. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Tens of thousands of Haitians could be sent back to Haiti if Trump agency has its way Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald […]

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