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12 US Senators Urge Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

Senators Menendez, Nelson, Leahy, Durbin, Warren, Markey, Booker, Feinstein, Wyden, Franken, Brown, and Reed have joined in the calls for the Obama administration to re-designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS was last granted to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake. After Hurricane Matthew, the Senators “believe the reports of widespread damage and destruction in Haiti make TPS designation appropriate.” They also request clarification of the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to pause non-criminal deportations to Haiti, given that the situation there was poor even before Hurricane Matthew. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Sens. Menendez and Nelson Lead TPS Request for Haitians in Wake of Hurricane Matthew Request clarification of new deportation policy of Haitians Senator Bob Menendez Thursday, October 13, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC – Following the devastation and humanitarian disaster suffered by […]

Senators demand US lead on UN accountability and immediate action for Haiti cholera

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, media@ijdh.org; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl).) Senators demand US lead on UN accountability and immediate action for Haiti cholera Foreign Relations Committee Members Join Rising Chorus of Voices Supporting Cholera Victims’ Rights   BOSTON, July 25 2016 – U.S. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are calling on the United States to “utilize its leadership position to stress the importance of UN accountability and action to remediate the ongoing impact of cholera in Haiti.” The two Senators, both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and representing states with substantial Haitian-American constituencies, conveyed their concerns in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on July 21. The letter is the first statement from the Senate regarding accountability […]

Senator’s Investigation Reveals Problematic Spending of Haiti Earthquake Donations

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has lead an investigation into the American Red Cross use of donations in the 2010 Haiti earthquake campaign. Receiving little to no feedback or answers to his questions, Senator Grassley has had a hard time finding information about the internal spending even though American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern has claimed to work with the investigation. Though met with subpar communication, Grassley found that the organization has spent around 25 percent of the Haiti donations on internal expenses with ambiguous and unfounded titles such as ‘program expenses,’ a discovery that stands in direct violation of McGovern’s claim that all but 9 percent of donations go to humanitarian aid. The lack of support for internal policing mechanisms by the organization may hold a piece of the blame. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. … Report: Red Cross […]

Assessing Progress in Haiti Act Passes Congress

  This new bill is meant to provide transparency and accountability by keeping better track of where USAID and other US government funds for Haiti go. Given that “66.2 percent of USAID contracts has gone to Beltway-based firms, while just 1.5 percent has gone to Haitian companies” after the 2010 earthquake, this is an exciting step towards improving aid to Haiti. Haiti Aid Reform Bill “Will Be a Step in the Right Direction,” CEPR Co-Director Says Center for Economic and Policy Research July 25, 2014 For Immediate Release: July 25, 2014 Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460 Congress Passes “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act” to Enact Greater Oversight of USAID in Haiti Washington, D.C.– New legislation passed by Congress to provide increased oversight of USAID activities in Haiti will be “a significant step in the right direction,” Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) […]

Senate Passes Assessing Progress in Haiti Act

The Assessing Progress in Haiti Act, which seeks aid accountability and has been stalled for some time, finally passed the Senate. Given the failures of foreign aid to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, this Act is a promising accountability mechanism. It will now go back to the House for further action. Senate passes bill to assess post-earthquake Haiti Ramsey Cox, Yahoo News July 10, 2014 The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would authorize an assessment on the progress Haiti has made after a devastating earthquake. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced S. 1104, the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act, which would require the secretary of State to give Congress an annual report until 2017 on post-earthquake recovery and development efforts in Haiti. The Senate also passed S. 653, the Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act, from Sen. […]

Bill Stalled in Senate Will Ensure Aid Accountability

The Assessing Progress in Haiti Act, currently stalled in the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, seeks much-needed accountability for US aid to Haiti. Much of the funds donated to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake have yet to be disbursed or spent. This bill, which is widely supported and has passed through the House with bipartisan support, is meant to ensure just and responsible allocation of funds to Haiti. Making Sure Haiti Aid Helps the Most Vulnerable William F. Schulz, Huffington Post June 13, 2014 When disaster strikes, the American people open their hearts and their wallets to provide assistance to those in need. This was especially true when a deadly earthquake struck our neighbor Haiti on January 12, 2010. Congress moved quickly to provide $1.14 billion in emergency aid with $651 million allocated to the State Department’s Agency for International Development (USAID) […]

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