Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Elected Officials Speak Out: End the Silence

North Miami, Florida has the largest Haitian population in the U.S. This past week, the city’s elected officials called a press conference to voice their anger over the Dominican Republic’s actions and the Obama administration’s silence over the issue.  They emphasized the direct link between the ongoing crisis in the Dominican Republic and experiences in the States, as North Miami residents’ family and friends will likely be affected. The city council also unanimously approved a resolution to urge President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Kerry to publicly acknowledge the human rights abuses and to utilize political and economic leverage to remedy the situation. Click here for the original article and a video. North Miami city council condemns Dominican Republic Janey Tate, The Miami Times July 22, 2015 North Miami elected officials are calling out the Dominican Republic […]

Dominicans Face Statelessness, and the U.S. Remains Silent

Politicians, activists and lawyers are increasing the pressure on the Obama administration and U.S. State Department to defend those stripped of citizenship in the Dominican Republic. This is not an immigration issue, they say; many of the potential deportees are Dominicans, who were considered citizens until a 2013 court ruling applied retroactively to 1929 a constitutional amendment that limited citizenship to Dominican descendents. This excludes hundreds of thousands of immigrants and Dominicans born to foreign parents in the past 9 decades. Despite claims that Secretary of State John Kerry is engaging in talks with Dominican President Danilo Medina, many argue that these communications must be publicized and U.S. government officials should break their silence on this important issue. Click HERE for the full article. Obama silent on stateless Dominicans Carolyn Guniss, The Miami Times July 15, 2015 The silence from […]

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