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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 […]

U.S. Hypocrisy Towards Haitian Migrants

This article analyzes the hypocrisy of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to resume noncriminal deportations to Haiti. The decision came soon after President Obama spoke about the need to have “open arms” for refugees around the world at the United Nations General Assembly. DHS’ justification of the deportations – that country conditions are stable enough and that Temporary Protected Status and the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) will help Haitians – also rings hollow. Haiti is still facing both a cholera and a political crisis, both of which the U.S. was involved in. HFRP is also severely limited, leaving thousands who have been approved for visas waiting in Haiti for up to 13 years. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Obama’s contradictory stance toward black asylum seekers Opal Tometi, The Hill September 28, 2016 […]

Issues over D.R.-Haiti border overshadowed by refugee crisis in Europe

While media focuses on the refugee crisis in Europe, American born and Dominican Raised author, Julia Alvarez talks about the crisis 2 hours south of U.S. borders. Heal the wounds of Hispaniola Julia Alvarez, Miami Herald Part of the article is below.  Please click HERE for full text. Secretary of State Kerry was in the news recently for his efforts to bring together the divided island of Cyprus, a peace effort that has long eluded mediators, earning the island the reputation of being “a graveyard for diplomats.” Hoping for a resurrection, Kerry noted “how much the world could use an island of peace, harmony and prosperity in the Mediterranean right now.” Just two hours south of Florida, the island of Hispaniola could use some mediation as well. The refugee crisis taking place in the Middle East and across Europe has […]

A Refugee Crisis Forming on the DR-Haiti Border

While worldwide attention to the Syrian refugee crisis is long-overdue, many Americans are overlooking a crisis much closer to home: On the border of Haiti and Dominican Republic, refugee camps are forming because of unjust citizenship laws imposed by the Dominican government. Fueled by xenophobia and racism, these laws have resulted in a large population of stateless individuals. This article recommends that “perhaps it is also time for the DR’s neighbors in the Americas to consider sanctioning the country until it fully addresses the refugee crisis it has created.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. There’s Another Refugee Crisis That Has Nothing To Do With ISIS Juliet Hooker, Slant December 8, 2015 The outpouring of global solidarity with France that followed the recent terrorist attacks in Paris was almost immediately followed in the U.S. in some quarters by […]

IOM Observations on DR-Haiti Border

Below is an excerpt from a report by the IOM in Haiti, on observations at the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Since June 2015, a crisis has been developing on the border as Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants have fled DR to escape discrimination, harassment and the threat of deportation. Click HERE for the full report and graphics. Border Monitoring Sitrep International Organisation for Migration October 23, 2015 Overview This document represents a summary snapshot of monitoring activities conducted by IOM and border monitoring partners at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The monitoring was put in place following the movements observed at the border before and after the 17th June 2015 expiration of the registration component of the National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE1 in Spanish), established in the Dominican Republic. Monitoring of border movements […]

Organisations humanitaires à la frontière entre la RD et Haiti

Voici un extrait d’un rapport de l’OCHA en Haïti, sur les organisations à la frontière entre la République dominicaine et Haïti. En date du 22 Octobre, il y avait 60 organisations à la frontière fournissant des services humanitaires. Depuis Juin 2015, une crise a mis au point sur la frontière comme Dominicains d’origine haïtienne et migrants haïtiens ont fui de République Dominicaine à échapper à la discrimination, le harcèlement et la menace d’expulsion. Cliquez ICI pour le rapport complet, avec les graphiques. Aperçu de Qui fait Quoi et Où (3W) au niveau des zones frontalières Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs October 22, 2015 Nombre de paertenaires par type d’organisation ONG internationale                34 ONG nationale                        10 Agence des Nations Unies     […]

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