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Haitian Communities’ Stress Mounts as TPS Deadline Approaches

After the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S. because the conditions in Haiti were too poor to accommodate them. Ever since then, the deadline has been extended every 18 months but now, major uncertainty looms over how the Trump administration will deal with TPS. Will they allow Haitians a more permanent path to staying in the U.S. as has been recommended by a Federal court in San Francisco, will they extend TPS for Haitians or will they end TPS altogether? Some Haitians are even being denied jobs due to the fear that their work permits will expire this summer. The continued suffering and hunger after the October 2016 Hurricane Matthew demonstrates that Haiti is still ill-equipped to handle a large influx of people. Haitians living in the U.S. are able to send remittances back […]

Haitian-Americans express concern over upcoming US election

Interviewed residents of Little Haiti express their concerns over this presidential election. Several of those interviewed expressed frustration with the lack of discussion over the effect of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, as well as the Clinton Foundation’s missteps in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Florida Haitian-American Voters A Challenge For Hillary Clinton Nadege Green, WLRN October 12, 2016   Along busy Northeast Second Avenue in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood sits the Caribbean Marketplace, a bright yellow structure modeled after Haiti’s famous Iron Market. Usually the cultural hub is home to Haitian art exhibits or music-filled nights ofkonpa and rara. But recently, the complex has been abuzz with political activity – presidential candidate Donald Trump  (and protesters) made an appearance and a Hillary Clinton campaign office opened a few doors down… […]

Can Duvalier’s Victims Get Justice Despite His Death?

While some, like Duvalier’s victims and BAI, are working on prosecuting Duvalier’s accomplices, some believe that even if Duvalier hadn’t died, the prosecution wouldn’t have succeeded. This segment features Brian Concannon, of the former camp, and former Haitian police director Pierre Denize, of the latter. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text and audio. Haiti’s Crucial Question: Would Baby Doc Have Gone To Jail If He’d Lived Longer? Tim Padgett, WLRN October 8, 2014 As Haiti’s national police director from 1996 to 2002, Pierre Denize had a mission: to help the country’s fledgling democracy build a more professional and humane justice system. Denize had seen too much of the polar opposite in his youth – especially when his parents were jailed, brutalized and exiled during the three-decade-long reign of cruelty and corruption known as the Duvalier dynasty. “What [the […]

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