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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees seeks temporary Protection Associate

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Washington, D.C. Temporary Appointment (TA) External Vacancy Announcement   The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is seeking a temporary Protection Associate for its Regional Office in Washington, D.C.   TITLE: Protection Associate (Caribbean Protection Unit) CATEGORY / GRADE: General Service 6 (G6) TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: 3-4 month Temporary Appointment (TA) (beginning December 1, 2016 or January 2, 2017 through March 17, 2017)   The Protection Associate (TA) will be a member of the Caribbean Protection Unit (CPU) in UNHCR’s Washington regional office, under the supervision of the Senior Regional Protection Officer. The CPU monitors the protection of persons of concern to UNHCR in 27 countries and territories in the Caribbean. The vast majority of these countries and territories do not have functioning asylum systems. As a result, UNHCR conducts refugee status […]

Relocation for Haitian Rape Survivors

This is the story of Lovely, a Haitian rape survivor who was relocated, along with her family, to Canada. Relocation can be a crucial part of healing for rape survivors, through distance from the crime, financial support and even psychiatric support for those who need it. Still, there is a long way to go as resettlement is a long process, the requirements are  stringent, and the women often struggle to become self-sufficient. Haitian rape survivors begin new lives in Canada and the US Resettlement programs offer an escape from violence and time to heal Lisa Armstrong, Al Jazeera America July 1, 2014 MONTREAL — There are no Haitians in the Montreal neighborhood where Lovely lives. “There are mostly whites. It’s very rare to find a black person, let alone a Haitian,” she says. In the 11 months since Lovely left Port-au-Prince, […]

Dominican Children Denied Education Due to Haitian Ancestry

Due to misinterpretations of Dominican Republic law, many children with Haitian ancestry are being denied an education in DR. This is yet another consequence of the September 2013 immigration ruling that strips citizenship from countless Dominicans of Haitian ancestry. Report: Education limited for Dominican-Haitians Danica Coto, My San Antonio April 11, 2014 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Children of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic are increasingly being barred from attending school following a court ruling that could lead to tens of thousands of people being stripped of their citizenship, according to a report released Friday. Dozens of families with school-age children say they are being turned away or harassed due to arbitrary interpretations of the court ruling and Dominican laws, according to researchers at theHuman Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law Center who compiled the report. As a result, some children […]

UN Refugee Agency Seeks Solutions to Statelessness in DR

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is deeply concerned by the issue of statelessness in Dominican Republic. UNHCR is especially concerned because not much has been done to improve the situation since the September 23, 2014 ruling that rendered so many Haitian-descended Dominicans stateless to begin with. UNHCR renews call for urgent action to find an adequate solution to stateless situation in the Dominican Republic UN Refugee Agency April 7, 2014 WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 (UNHCR) – Today the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reiterated the call for the Dominican Republic to restore the nationality of tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent born in the country who were rendered stateless by a ruling of the Constitutional Court of 23 September 2013. UNHCR is deeply concerned that more than six months have gone by since the ruling of the Constitutional Court […]

Faith-Based Community Statement on Dominican Court Ruling

The situation of Dominicans of Haitian descent remains extremely uncertain ever since the September 2013 high court ruling that denies citizenship to ancestors of immigrants born in 1929 or later.  The faith-based community has had a large impact in Haiti and they feel that now, more than ever, it’s important for the voice of churches to be heard in the US and DR as well. Statement of communities of faith on the ruling of the Dominican Constitutional Court denying citizenship to four generations of Dominicans of Haitian descent November 26, 2013 “Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” — Proverbs 31:8, 9 We represent churches, interdenominational groups and faith-based organizations with long presence and ties in the Dominican Republic. As communities […]

Faith-Based Letter on Dominican Court Ruling

Dear Friend, If you are a member of a faith-based organization, please consider adding your organization’s name to the letter (pasted below) from our friends at Church World Service, expressing deep concern about the recent ruling by the Dominican Constitutional Court that would deny citizenship to four generations of Dominicans of Haitian descent. If your organization is willing to sign on, please RSVP to Fran Quigley,, by the WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30 DEADLINE. If you wish, you can include copies of your organizational logos for inclusion in the letter. Our asking you to join the Church World Service initiative is an exciting first step in a bigger project. Fran Quigley, a Human Rights Law Professor, writer and IJDH supporter, is leading the development of a network of faith-based groups engaging in systematic advocacy for justice and human rights in Haiti. Other participants include our friends […]

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