Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

James McCamenth’s Recommendation for Shortened TPS Contradicts Previous Report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s current 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, which allows over 50,000 Haitians who have been residing legally in the United States, will expire on July 22. Last December, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that many problems continued in Haiti, including housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats, which made it unsuitable for Haitians to return to their earthquake-ridden country. The USCIS acting director James McCament’s recommendation that the U.S. government end TPS for thousands of Haitian nationals by next January is a departure from the agency’s previous stance. Extending TPS for those Haitians living in the U.S. in the past seven years is the right thing to do. As McCament’s predecessor, Leon Rodriguez, said, “…it usually is in the best interest of the U.S. to […]

Challenging UN Immunity

NBC reports on the cholera march in front of the UN, asking why the fight against the UN has been so difficult. Why can’t anyone sue the United Nations? By Anna Schecter, NBC News September 26, 2013 NEW YORK — Haitian protesters gathered outside U.N. headquarters Thursday to demand that the international body admit its role in the worst outbreak of cholera in modern history and provide compensation, but experts said the protesters may find it hard to hold the U.N. accountable. Velune Noel, 24, lies with her cholera infected 12-month-old son Peterson Sharmont, on a cot at a Samaritan’s Purse cholera treatment center in the Cite Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince on Jan. 8, 2011.           “The victims have to be compensated for what they went through,” said Marjorie Gaston, a 49-year-old Haitian-American from New York, as […]

Haiti Group Demands UN Pay for Cholera Outbreak (MSNBC)

By: Trenton Daniel, NBC News November 8, 2011 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A human rights group said Tuesday it has filed claims with the United Nations seeking damages on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims and their families. The claims filed by the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti argue that the U.N. and its peacekeeping force are liable for hundreds of millions of dollars for failing to adequately screen peacekeeping soldiers. They cite a range of studies that indicate the infected soldiers caused the outbreak when untreated waste from a U.N. base was dumped into a tributary of Haiti’s most important river. “The sickness, death and ongoing harm from cholera suffered by Haiti’s citizens are a product of the U.N.’s multiple failures,” the complaint reads. “These failures constitute negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, and deliberate indifference for the […]

Haiti: Summer storm floods ‘safe’ refugee camp

By Jonathan Katz and Marko Alvarez (AP), NBC News July 12, 2010 CORAIL-CESSELESSE, Haiti — A summer storm ripped through tents and sent solar-powered streetlights crashing down at the government’s primary relocation camp for people left homeless by the January earthquake. The storm damage on Monday, six months to the day after the disaster, intensified questions about why people were moved to the remote location from tent camps in the Haitian capital. The Associated Press reported this week that area has been slated for major development by Haitian officials and businessmen, who are in ongoing negotiations with South Korean garment firms to build factories there. Around 5,000 people live at the camp on the isolated desert plain of Corail-Cesselesse, some 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Port-au-Prince. They moved there in April ostensibly over fears of flooding in tent homes at […]

Red Cross Works to Improve Rep in Haiti

NBC Nightly News After enduring years of criticism for failing to adequately respond to domestic disasters, the American Red Cross has pledged to operate with more transparency in Haiti. NBC’s Robert Bazell reports. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Click HERE to see the Original Article

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