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Haitians Stranded by Policy after Hurricane Matthew

The following report from News Deeply describes how Brazil first deterred Haitian refugees, then the US shifted its policy to return folks to post-hurricane conditions; the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) increased its number of detentions and deportations, and people of faith have banded together to build a community-based response to the crisis. Read the full article HERE.   Humanitarian Crisis on U.S. Border: Haitians Stranded by Policy by Sally Kantar, News Deeply November 8th, 2016 Over the past year, more than 5,000 Haitians entered the United States legally through the Tijuana-San Ysidro border crossing between Mexico and San Diego, California, after making a 7,000-mile (11,000km) overland trek from Brazil. Their journeys can be traced back to the 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti, initially displacing 1.5 million people, claiming more than 200,000 lives, and laying the groundwork for a cholera epidemic that affected hundreds of […]

US immigration policy separates Haitian men from their families

Following the recent Obama administration decision to resume deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants, scores of men are getting cut off from their families. As Haitian men, women, and children arrive at the border, the women and children are allowed entry into the US, while the men are forced to remain behind. Despite awareness of this policy change, hundreds of Haitian immigrants are arriving at the border each day, hoping for jobs and entry into the US. Haitian Men Cut Off From Families as U.S. Tightens Entry Rules Kirk Semple, The New York Times September 29, 2016   MEXICO CITY — A sudden shift in American immigration policy has divided scores of Haitian families trying to enter the United States from Mexico, immigrants and advocates say. The policy change, announced last week, has separated wives from husbands and children from their fathers, […]

REDRESS Report: How the UN Should Address Cholera

REDRESS has recently published a report the provides concrete options for responding to the cholera outbreak in Haiti. The organization is an international human rights non-profit that seeks to obtain justice for victims of harm and suffering. This report provides several channels to combat the outbreak including compensation of losses, victim rehabilitation, environmental remediation to eliminate the disease, acknowledgement of wrongdoing, and guarantees of non-repetition. Click HERE for the full report. — Responding to the Introduction of Cholera to Haiti: Policy Options REDRESS June 21st, 2016 I. Introduction The purpose of this paper is to provide concrete options for responses to the introduction of cholera to Haiti, which reflect international law and standards on reparations applicable to the current context. The paper seeks to draw attention to comparative case studies and best practice approaches that may be helpful to those engaged in finding appropriate […]

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