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Over 6,800 Migrants have Crossed the border to Canada since July 1st

In July, 3,996 migrants crossed the border from the United States to Canada seeking asylum. Although the Safe Third Country Agreement bars applicants from applying for refuge at legal checkpoints if they have come from the United States, the influx of migrants from the United States has increased. This month, an estimated 250 migrants cross the border per day. In the first two weeks of August, 3,800 migrants have been arrested crossing the border at unregulated checkpoints.  An estimated 85-89% of the asylum seekers are Haitian, choosing to flee to Canada rather than possibly face deportation from the United States, as TPS is slated to end for Haitians in January. Due to a backlog in cases, these migrants face months, possibly even years before they can make their cases for asylum-a process that is usually completed in weeks. To Learn […]

Haiti: Fr. Robinson Alexis Urges Justice and Individual Reparations for the Victims of Cholera

  During the celebration of Feast of Saint Clare in Municipality of Marchand Dessalines, Artibonite, Fr. Alexis, the pastor of the Parish and the responsible of Justice and Peace for the Department of Artibonite urges Haitian officials to act to eliminate the cholera once for all. He also demands repartions for the victims of the cholera and commends the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)  and its partners for their advocacy and legal work on behalf of the victims. Amongst the attendees were Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant and the Artibonite’s Senator Gracia Delva, also a native of Marchand Dessalines and Mario Joseph of BAI. Watch the video below: English transcript will come soon.

50,000 Haitians Could Lose Temporary Protected Status in the US But Canada May Not Be the Solution

As TPS expiration looms, thousands of Haitians who have been living in the United States in the past seven years are fleeing to Canada seeking asylum. Although the Canadian government ended their temporary protection status in 2016, their warm reception towards refugees makes Canada an attractive second choice. Although they could face deportation from Canada, many have taken the risk. for those Haitian families, leaving the U.S. is the only way for them to keep their families together. To learn more about TPS Click  the link to our  TPS PAGE To learn more about Cholera in Haiti click the link to our  Cholera Page  Read Full Article HERE.  Why are thousands of Haitians streaming into Canada from the U.S.? Verity Stevenson, CBC News August 3, 2017 Heading to Canada is one of the only options seen by many of the 50,000 Haitians who’ve been living […]

Peacekeeping Comes With a Price: The Legacy of U.N. Cholera on Haiti’s Public Health

 After 13 controversial years in Haiti, the United Nations  will withdraw its troops. However, the U.N. Peacekeepers (MINUSTAH) will leave a significant public health burden on the backs of Haitian people. The UN plans to replace MINUSTAH with a smaller mission, “the Mission for Justice Support in Haiti” or “MINUJUSTH” mandating to strengthen the rule of law in the country.Given the current state of the MINUSTAH’s legacy, “MINUJUSTH”‘s legitimacy could be undermined and in question. To learn more about the U.N. promise to Haiti Click Here Download PDF version this article HERE. The Price of Peace? Peacekeeping with Impunity Harms Public Health in Haiti by Louise C. Ivers and Yodeline Guillaume, The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, August, 2017 Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; Department of Global Health and Social […]

As TPS Draws to a Close, Haitians Immigrate to Canada

With TPS protections in the U.S ending for Haitian immigrants in January, Haitian TPS holders are starting to seek other alternatives.  According to the Mayor of Montreal,  2,500 Haitians have arrived in Montreal, Canada since July through the U.S. following the announcement that TPS may be ending. Read Full Article HERE Worried that the door of freedom is closing under Trump, Haitians are fleeing to Canada Jacqueline Charles and Harold Isaac, Miami Herald  August 3, 2017 MONTREAL, CANADA  Worried that the door to freedom is closing in the United States under President Donald Trump, Haitians are flocking to Canada to seek asylum. “According to my sources: 2,500 new arrivals in July (U.S. border refugees),” Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted in French on Wednesday. Canadian immigration officials weren’t able to say how many of the refugees making the border crossing from northern […]

Bayakou: The Ostracized Men of The Sewers

Following the 2010 earthquake and hurricane Matthew in 2016, Haiti’s sewage problems  have  only been exacerbated. With only one sewage disposal plant in all of Haiti, it serves a small fraction of the population.Most citizens dispose of their excrement in outhouses or open sewers. When it rains, the sewers carry pathogens into the water supply which has attributed to the spread of cholera. As the population of the capital city increases, the sewage crisis becomes more prevalent. “Bayakou,” the men who empty the latrines into the sewer or the treatment plants, cannot control the amount of sewage produced. If TPS protections for Haitian’s are removed, 58,000 Haitians will be forced to return to Haiti, which could not only spread cholera at a more rapid rate, it also puts many lives in danger. To learn more about TPS Click  the link […]

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