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Over 50 Congresspersons Urge President Obama to Postpone Haitian Deportations

For Immediate Release                                               For More Information Contact: October 6, 2016                                                            Joyce Jones, Communications Director 202.225.4506 (office) 202.578.0634 (mobile)   House Democrats and Republicans Urge President Obama to Postpone Haitian Deportations More than 50 Democratic and Republican House lawmakers from 20 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have joined Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on a letter to President Obama urging his administration to reconsider a decision to deport undocumented Haitians back to their troubled nation. Since the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, killed more than 200,000 people and left 2.3 million homeless, undocumented Haitians have temporarily been allowed to stay in the United States without a visa. Following a wave of Haitian refugees entering the U.S. via Brazil, the Department of Homeland Security announced last month plans to fully resume deportations of undocumented Haitian immigrants, including those […]

State Department Needs to Pressure UN to Act on Cholera in Haiti

In this editorial piece, the Boston Globe explores the issue of cholera in Haiti and explicitly pressures the United Nations to compensate victims. Referencing the bipartisan support voiced in a recent Congressional letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the article poses the United Nations as clearly at fault for the epidemic. Although it states the expansive nature of a water and sanitation project, it sheds light on the minimal efforts exerted by the UN to help end the epidemic. … Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. State Dept. should demand UN take responsibility in Haiti The Boston Globe July 12, 2016 WHEN A BIPARTISAN group in Congress can agree on something, it’s worth noting. Especially when these lawmakers are pushing for action to save innocent lives and help the victims of a raging public […]

In Letter to Secretary General, Congresswoman Waters Urges Improvement in UN Response to Cholera in Haiti

In a letter to Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, Congresswoman Maxine Waters urges an improvement in the UN response to Haiti’s cholera epidemic. On the third anniversary of the Secretary-General’s response to the letter published by Waters and 19 other representatives, the Congresswoman stressed the need for justice in conjunction with the maintenance of UN credibility. Stating the recent Doctors Without Borders study that indicates a three to ten times higher death rate than the previous estimate, she made clear the need for a more involved UN response to cholera. …. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Congresswoman Waters Urges United Nations to Ensure Effective Response to Cholera in Haiti Sentinel News Service, Los Angeles Sentinel July 7, 2016 Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and a strong advocate […]

Letter From Congress Pushes UN to Take Action

A bipartisan letter from 158 members of Congress asking the US State Department to demand UN accountability and remedy for the cholera epidemic has been sent to Secretary of State John Kerry. It was circulated by Representatives Mia Love and John Conyers and is intended to change the status quo of the UN’s disposition in Haiti regarding the outbreak. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. Lawmakers Call for UN Accountability in Haiti Cholera Case Zenitha Prince, Afro July 2, 2016 Two Black lawmakers are leading a bipartisan push for the U.S. State Department to “immediately and unreservedly exercise its leadership” to ensure the United Nations takes responsibility for a devastating cholera epidemic caused by the improper disposal of sewage by UN peacekeepers. According to the letter addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry and signed by 158 members of […]

158 Members of Congress Ask to Hold U.N. Accountable for Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

158 outraged members of Congress signed on to a letter sent Mr. John Kerry by Representatives John Conyers, Jr. and Mia Love. The Congressmen and women sent the letter to Mr. Kerry with the hopes of getting him to put pressure on the United Nations, for a response to the Cholera epidemic that has invaded Haiti for the past 6 years. The disease has affected over 800,000 people and has killed roughly 10,000. Research has shown that disease came from the U.N. Peacekeeping mission that was sent to Haiti after the earthquake; however, the U.N. has refused to admit its involvement and has deemed the victims’ lawsuits to be invalid. What makes this letter so powerful is the tremendous bipartisan support. Although mostly supported by Democrats, Republicans have joined the cause to demonstrate that the U.N.’s behavior has been unacceptable. […]

Congress demands US leadership in addressing UN cholera fiasco

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti,; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl).) Congress demands US leadership in addressing UN cholera fiasco Advocates Welcome Unprecedented Demands For Victim Remedies BOSTON, June 29, 2016 — Today, 158 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the United States to use its leverage with the United Nations to ensure prompt accountability to Haitian victims of cholera. “This letter is a remarkable showing of bipartisanship and consensus that the UN’s stonewalling on cholera accountability—and the U.S. Government’s acquiescence to it—are unacceptable,” said Brian Concannon, Jr., Esq., Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). The letter, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), is unprecedented in the […]

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