Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Obama under pressure to reverse new deportation policy after Matthew

Two weeks after the United States Department of Homeland Security announced it has resumed deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants, Haiti was struck by one of the worst humanitarian disasters since the 2010 earthquake. Several US-Haiti affiliates, including IJDH’s Nicole Phillips, are calling on the Obama administration to reverse its decision in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Deportation to a disaster zone: Obama under pressure to stop crackdown on Haitian migrants as Hurricane Matthew wreaks havoc on island Daniel Denvir, Salon October 7th, 2016   Hurricane Matthew has, as President Barack Obama put it, “hit Haiti with devastating effect,” reportedly leaving at least 283 dead and thousands displaced. This calamity, however, comes just two weeks after the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it would resume the regular deportation of Haitians from […]

Haiti: Still an “ideal climate for rape”

By Tracy Clark-Flory Almost half a year after the country’s devastating earthquake, sexual violence continues to rise We knew Haiti’s women were at risk even before the dust had settled from the country’s devastating earthquake. In the weeks immediately following the disaster, reports of sexual harassment, assault and trafficking came as no surprise to human rights organizations — or anyone paying even marginal attention to the around-the-clock footage of chaos on cable TV. Nearly six months later, as global attention fades and the rubble remains, rape is still on the rise. We saw it coming, but we couldn’t stop it. So, now we have today’s crushing feature in the New York Times about a 22-year-old Haitian woman who was kidnapped, imprisoned inside the ruins of a house and repeatedly gang raped in a cramped space beneath a collapsed ceiling. Her kidnappers demanded […]

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