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Trump Administration May Deport 50, 000 Haitians By Next January

This is despite lawmakers from both parties writing Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status for over 50, 000 Haitians who are legally living in the United States. Secretary Kelly is contemplating this move based on the report written by the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, James McCament in which he stated that things have improved enough in Haiti to end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. It is important to point out that over half a million Haitians are still calling shelters and makeshift tents their homes seven years after the earthquake ravaged the western part of the country. In addition, thousands of Haitians are still battling the curable cholera epidemic introduced by United Nations peacekeepers right after the Jan. 10 earthquake. Read the original article HERE. More calls for TPS extension here. The […]

Pretrial Detention and Malnutrition in Haiti’s Prisons

Haiti’s prisons are the most crowded in the world, with 454% occupancy. This leads to many kinds of preventable diseases, as well as malnutrition from the strain on resources at the prisons. Malnutrition has become even more of a problem recently, as Haiti faces a food shortage. Many of the inmates have not been before a judge yet: Pretrial detention is a rampant problem in Haiti’s justice system. As IJDH Director Brian Concannon describes, there is not much incentive for this to change because even the families of innocent inmates are roped into paying bribes to get their loved ones out of prison. Part of the article is bellow. Click HERE for the full text. AP Exclusive” Malnutrition killing inmates in Haiti jails David McFadden, The Washington Post February 20, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Dozens of emaciated men with sunken […]

Editorial: What Comes Next for UN & Haiti Cholera

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s apology to the Haitian people for the UN’s involvement in the spread of cholera has been long awaited and was long overdue.  Now that he has apologized, a long road lies ahead for the UN to truly help end the epidemic in Haiti. The United Nations comes clean(ish) on cholera in Haiti The Editorial Board, The Washington Post December 12, 2016 MORE THAN six years after a brigade of U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal introduced cholera in Haiti, triggering an epidemic that has killed at least 10,000 and sickened many more, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has finally uttered the word “sorry.” Mr. Ban’s tortuously worded apology, delivered recently in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, must be the beginning, not the end, of official contrition and accountability by the United Nations in Haiti. The glacial rate at which […]

UN Plans to “Provide Material Assistance” as Part of New Cholera Plan

Though United Nations special adviser David Nabarro continues to dodge questions of UN responsibility for cholera, he revealed that the new UN plan against cholera will include money for “material assistance” to cholera victims’ families. Though the exact amount wasn’t specified, about $100 million is expected to go to communities affected by cholera in Haiti. The other $100 million the UN is trying to raise will go to rapid response teams, cholera vaccines, and investing in water and sanitation infrastructure. UN wants $200 million to compensate Haiti cholera victims Michael Astor, AP/The Washington Post October 24, 2016 UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says it is looking to raise $200 million from member states to compensate the families of people who have died from cholera in Haiti. David Nabarro, a special adviser to the secretary-general, said Monday that the money […]

US Pauses Deportations to Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

Given the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to pause its planned deportations of Haitians coming to the US-Mexico border. When Haitian migrants started arriving in large numbers to the San Ysidro crossing in San Diego, DHS had decided to resume non-criminal deportations to Haiti, which had been on hold since the 2010 earthquake. It is unclear how soon conditions in Haiti will improve, or how soon the deportations will be resumed. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. US policy on deporting Haitians on hold in wake of hurricane Peter Orsi, The Washington Post October 11, 2016 MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in Haiti has put on hold a new policy of deporting Haitians who are in the United States without permission but the government intends to […]

Struggle to get aid to isolated regions hit by Hurricane Matthew

The full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew remains unclear as emergency teams struggle to get to regions cut off by washed-out bridges and landslides. Local teams in isolated regions are currently conducting “search-and-rescue” missions, meaning that the death toll could rise. Aid teams in Haiti struggle to reach regions slammed by Hurricane Matthew Paul Schemm and Brian Murphy, The Washington Post October 5, 2016   Emergency teams in Haiti struggled Wednesday to reach hurricane-ravaged areas cut off by washed-out bridges and mudslides after Hurricane Matthew roared over the nation’s western tip and began a devastating island-hopping path that arcs toward the U.S. coast. The full extent of Matthew’s blow to Haiti remained unclear, with communications almost fully severed to some regions in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation — where tens of thousands of people still live in tents […]

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