Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Need for US Aid to Haiti Following Hurricane Matthew

Haiti, while still in the process of recovering from the destruction of the 2010 earthquake and fighting a subsequent cholera outbreak brought by UN peacekeepers, has been devastated by yet another natural disaster – Hurricane Matthew.  The US needs to provide aid, both financial and otherwise, to Haiti in this difficult time. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. Inquirer Editorial: U.S. shouldn’t wait until the next disaster to do more for Haiti The Philadelphia Inquirer October 18, 2016 With so much happening in our country, including a pivotal presidential election and coastal states’ daunting recovery from Hurricane Matthew, maybe it’s understandable that the storm’s impact on Haiti has been an afterthought for many Americans. But the death and destruction in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation shouldn’t be ignored. The United States and Haiti were […]

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 […]

UN & US Accountability in the Haiti Cholera Epidemic

After Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, 1.4 million Haitians are left needing emergency assistance.  The recent natural disaster is bringing with it the resurgence of a human-made disaster: the cholera outbreak that began with the presence of United Nations peacekeeping forces in 2010.  Although the UN has taken responsibility, they’ve fallen short of apologizing. Combined with US efforts to undermine the former government of Aristide, cholera has become an epidemic in Haiti. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. How the U.S. and U.N. Set the Stage for a Major Cholera Outbreak in Haiti Sarah Lazare, Alternet October 11, 2016 Scientists say the warming of the ocean due to human-made climate change has intensified mega-storms like Hurricane Matthew, which recently tore through the Caribbean and parts of the United States, killing more than 1,000 people in Haiti alone, according to some […]

U.S. Hypocrisy Towards Haitian Migrants

This article analyzes the hypocrisy of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to resume noncriminal deportations to Haiti. The decision came soon after President Obama spoke about the need to have “open arms” for refugees around the world at the United Nations General Assembly. DHS’ justification of the deportations – that country conditions are stable enough and that Temporary Protected Status and the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) will help Haitians – also rings hollow. Haiti is still facing both a cholera and a political crisis, both of which the U.S. was involved in. HFRP is also severely limited, leaving thousands who have been approved for visas waiting in Haiti for up to 13 years. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Obama’s contradictory stance toward black asylum seekers Opal Tometi, The Hill September 28, 2016 […]

Haitians to be Deported After Grueling Trip to U.S.

After the 2010 earthquake, Haitians were welcomed into Brazil to find new opportunities. Now that the economy there is in a downturn, thousands have started coming to the U.S. to seek a better life. At first, border agents were allowing them to come in through Southern California. Now, the Obama administration has decided to tighten its immigration policies regarding Haitians  and deport most of those without visas as soon as they reach the border. Many of the people at risk of deportation have crossed through several countries–as many as nine–to reach the U.S., facing incredible obstacles and costs along the way. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitians, After Perilous Journey, Find Door to U.S. Abruptly Shut Kirk Semple, The New York Times September 23, 2016 TIJUANA, Mexico — They passed the corpses of other migrants […]

With New Policy, U.S. Will Deport Non-Criminal Haitian Migrants Into Unstable Political Environment

The Obama administration announced Thursday that the six year post-earthquake pause on the deportation of undocumented Haitian migrants will end, with deportations resuming in full. Thousands of Haitian migrants who have dangerously made their way to the San Diego border crossing in the last year are now facing deportation. The Obama administration claims there has been sufficient progress in Haiti to warrant the change in policy, but political stability, and therefore the safety of repatriated migrants, is already questionable and could deteriorate quickly depending on what happens in the upcoming elections on October 9th. This policy change also leaves thousands of Haitians currently en route to the US-Mexico border in dangerous limbo in the hands of non-sympathetic Central American governments. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. shifts Haiti deportation policy, and gives a […]

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