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“Twin epidemics in Haiti, violence and coronavirus, usher in ‘critical phase’ in wake of assassination,” by Claire Parker and Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, July 8

OAS says report on Haiti offers a road map for elections. Not so fast, say U.S. lawmakers,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, June 30

Letter to Secretary of State Blinken on Haiti from House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) Chairman Gregory Meeks and HFAC ranking member Rep. Michael McCaul, June 29

As Haiti’s political crisis worsens, pressure builds for CARICOM to step in,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, June 22

Biden administration weighs in on Haiti’s constitutional referendum: ‘We oppose’,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, June 9

Coronavirus wave takes Haiti, yet to begin vaccinations, by surprise,” by Andre Paultre and Sarah Marsh, Reuters, June 9

Haiti’s Political Crisis Plunges Its Capital Into Chaos,” ViceNews, June 6 (44-minute video)

Haiti’s COVID-19 surge: A cautionary tale about how quickly things can change,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, June 2

Editorial, “Opinion: Biden’s move to protect Haitians from deportation puts U.S. immigration policy back on track,” by the Editorial Board, Washington Post, June 2

The ‘assault on democracy’ in Haiti as Moise clings to power,” PBS Newshour, June 2 (11 minutes)

Constitutional Referendum: How the International Community is Supporting an Illegal Power Grab in Haiti,” by Jake Johnston, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), June 1

Editorial, “Stop pushing for elections in Haiti, President Biden.  They will only make things worse.,” by the Editorial Board, Miami Herald, May 30

Can the OAS help break the political impasse in Haiti?  A mission will soon visit,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 26-27

PAHO: Haiti’s rapid acceleration of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, are a concern,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 26-27

Biden Will Allow Haitian Immigrants In The US To Obtain Temporary Protected Status – The designation of Temporary Protected Status will apply to Haitians — or individuals without nationality who last resided in Haiti — who were in the US as of May 21.,” by Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, May 22

Biden protects thousands of Haitians from deportation with new TPS measure,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 22

Biden administration grants protected status to thousands of Haitian migrants,” by Nick Miroff, Washington Post, May 22

U.S. Grants Temporary Protections to Thousands of Haitians,” bu Eileen Sullivan, New York Times, May 22

Migrant advocates enraged over Biden’s slow Haiti moves,” by Rafael Bernal, The Hill, May 19

Press release, “Demings, Levin, Clarke, and Pressley Announce Formation of House Haiti Caucus,” May 18

Op-ed, “Haiti is in crisis. Biden should appoint a special envoy to encourage Haitian-led solutions,” by Rep. Frederica Wilson and Commissioner Jean Monestime, Miami Herald, May 18

Haiti seemed to have escaped the worst of COVID-19. Now a virus surge is sparking alarm.,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 14

US urges OAS to quickly organize mission to Haiti as nation’s turmoil deepens,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 13

Haitians start commission to solve ongoing crisis,” The Haitian Times, May 12

Harvard report accuses Haitian government of crimes against humanity,” by Sam Bojarski, The Haitian Times, May 6

PAHO: Haiti still not ready to receive COVID-19 vaccines as delays drag on,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 5 (“While most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have begun administering COVID-19 vaccines, Haiti still has not completed the necessary steps to receive a single shot, the Pan American Health Organization acknowledged Wednesday. ‘Haiti is still in the process to finalize the arrangements that all the other countries have made to be able to receive these vaccines,’ said Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, assistant director of PAHO. ‘Haiti is not paying for these vaccines but the country needs to make some legal and administrative arrangements.’”)

U.S. Congress, Core Group raise concerns about Haiti elections,” The Haitian Times, April 28

America’s Voice,Tidal Wave of Pressure on Biden Administration to Act Urgently to Redesignate Haiti for TPS,”  April 27

HFAC Chairman Meeks/Rep. Jeffries-led letter from 69 U.S. Reps to Blinken urging Haiti TPS redesignation among nine recommendations, April 26 (See also letters from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Menendez and Senate Western Hemisphere Subcommittee ranking member Senator Rubio, and from HFAC Western Hemisphere Subcommittee Chairman Albio Sires and Rep. Diaz-Balart)

America’s Voice, “…“Descent into Hell”: Biden Administration Fails to Redesignate Haiti for TPS as Conditions Deteriorate Chaos, Kidnappings, and Violence Plague Haiti, and the Biden Administration has yet to designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status or halt deportations,” April 26  

Congress: U.S. insistence on ‘elections at all costs’ in Haiti risks deeper crisis,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, April 26, updated April 27 

Report Finds Haitian Government Complicit in Crimes Against Humanity,” Human Rights@Harvard Law, April 22

Cash-strapped Haiti has an image problem. The government is spending thousands to fix it,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, April 20

A ‘Mass for the freedom of Haiti’ turned violent, chaotic, with police firing tear gas,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, April 15, updated April 16

Haiti’s prime minister resigns as crime wave rocks country amid deepening turmoil,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, April 14

Haiti orphanage attacked by armed bandits, children sexually assaulted, manager says,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, April 13

As countries race to vaccinate against COVID-19, Haiti has yet to give one dose,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, April 9

America’s Voice, “Bipartisan Support for Haiti TPS Redesignation Grows Amid Biden Administration’s Deafening Silence,” April 9

Editorial, “Haiti hasn’t vaccinated a single person — which puts them and South Floridians in danger,” by the Editorial Board, Miami Herald, April 9, update May 6

Haiti’s roads are chaotic enough. Now add robberies and the kidnapping of bus drivers,” by Jose Iglesias, Miami Herald, April 8 (3:13 min video over the description, “No longer is traveling Haiti’s already chaotic roadways a question of whether Haitians will reach their destination, but rather will they make it back home alive as armed robberies and kidnapping-for-ransom become almost daily occurrences.”)

‘When we aren’t killed, they kidnap us.’ Riding a bus in Haiti now a dangerous quest,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, April 8 (“the recent, worrying rise coincides with an alarming uptick in kidnappings, the proliferation in illegal weapons on Haiti’s streets, and the spread of armed gangs whose grip on the country is tightening.  A simultaneous constitutional crisis, meanwhile, has plunged Haiti deeper into political chaos.” another must-readl)

Letter to the Editor: Mr. President, Stop the deportation of Haitians,” Miami Herald, April 6

Gang attack in Haiti neighborhood leaves bodies, homes charred,”  by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, April 2

They were live on Facebook when an armed man stormed in and kidnapped them in Haiti,”  by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, April 2, updated April 5

Opinion, “Biden must stop deportations to Haiti. It’s inhumane — and breaks his promise to us,” by Marleine Bastien and Alix Desulme, Miami Herald, March 29

Immigration Coalition Report Slams Biden For Continuing Trump’s Haitian Deportation Policy,” by Tim Padgett, NPR affiliate WLRN Miami/South Florida, March 26 and March 29

Haiti deportations soar as Biden administration deploys Trump-era health order – There have been more ‘Title 42’ expulsions in the space of a few weeks than during an entire year of Trump’s administration, report says,” by Julian Borger, The Guardian, March 25

Press Release and Report, “The Invisible Wall: Title 42 and its Impact on Haitian Migrants,” by Haitian Bridge Alliance, The Quixote Center, and The UndocuBlack Network, March 25

U.N. Security Council makes unified plea to Haiti: Settle differences and hold elections,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, March 25 (“Haiti is in the throes of a severe political, security and humanitarian crisis, with Moise facing calls to step down from power, thousands taking to the streets in recent protests, and powerful, armed gangs wreaking havoc on ordinary Haitians who are now fearful of even sending their children to school.    …. kidnappings have spiked by 200%  … [Moise] has been ruling by decree for over a year…. all of the major institutions are in crisis — the judiciary has been on strike for five weeks and the parliament is practically nonexistent….The country is facing a systematic collapse, with armed gangs increasingly filling a political and social vacuum….Moise is seeking to do away with [the Constitution.]” bold added)

The Political Crisis in Haiti & Why America Bears Responsibility w/ Jemima Pierre & Brian Concannon,” The Majority Report with Sam Seder, March 23 (Haiti expert Concannon from minute 36:03, Prof. Pierre on history from minute 16:00)

Activists call on Biden to issue a new TPS for Haitians as nation’s turmoil deepens,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, March 22

America’s Voice Press Release, “President Biden, It’s Time to Act On TPS for Haiti — Lives Depend On It – HAITIANS FACE VIOLENCE, DEVASTATION AND POLITICAL UNREST AS DEPORTATIONS CONTINUE UNDER NEW ADMINISTRATION,” by Julia Holladay, March 17 (“One concrete step…is redesignating Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  There is bipartisan support….:)

As Haiti plunges deeper into turmoil, a social media rallying cry emerges: #FreeHaiti,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, March 16

The Biden Administration Made a Promise to Haitians, We Expect Them to Keep That Promise,” America’s Voice, March 16 (a call to restore TPS)

Haiti civic leaders and former US diplomat to House Foreign Affairs: ‘Haiti is a mess’,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, March 13 (must-read)

Hearing, “Policy Recommendations on Haiti for the Biden Administration,” U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, March 12

The MH‘s editorial board and those of the NYT and Washington Post joined earlier congressional leadership, think tank, faith leaders, organizational leaders, and others criticizing the expulsions and/or urging Haiti’s TPS redesignation given the extraordinary crisis there.

Statement for the Record (urging inter alia Haiti TPS Redesignation) of the Center for American Progress to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs re its Hearing on “Policy Recommendations for the Biden Administration,” March 12

Editorial, “Why is Biden continuing a cruel Trump policy? He should stop expelling Haitian migrants immediately,” by the Editorial Board, Miami Herald, March 12

Senators Are Calling On Biden To Issue New Protections For Haitian Immigrants Already In The US — The letter puts more pressure on President Joe Biden at a time when Haiti faces increased political instability and higher rates of kidnapping and violent crime.,” by Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, March 12

In Haiti’s Political Crisis, US Should Support Democracy and Human Rights,” by RNDDH’s Pierre Esperance and Rosy Auguste Ducena, Just Security, March 11

Letter from 709 faith leaders and 99 faith-based organizations to DHS Secretary Mayorkas urging “halt deportation flights and stop expelling Haitians and other migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. Re-designating the country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is another urgent need,” March 9; “Faith leaders ‘shocked by the tragedy our nation is producing for Haitians seeking protections,’” by Lynn Tramonte, Interfaith Imigration Coalition, March 11

Biden Administration Deporting Haitians to a Country try in Turmoil,” interview w/Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles, WNYC Studios, March 9

Is the White House greenlighting Haiti’s descent into dictatorship?,” by Brian Concannon, Responsible Statecraft, March 9

US fugitive, suspected gang member tied to kidnappings in custody after arrests in Haiti,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, March 5, updated March 7

400 organizations and leaders’ letter urging Biden, Harris, Blinken, and Mayorkas to stop Haiti Deportations and Redesignate Haiti for TPS, March 3 (“Deportation flights to Haiti in the midst of a deadly global pandemic and a major in-country uprising are cruel and unconscionable.”)

US Officials Are Deporting Haitian Immigrants Despite Knowing They May Face Danger,” by Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, March 2 (“Department of Homeland Security officials acknowledged internally that deported Haitian immigrants “may face harm” upon returning to their home country due to violent crime and the political instability that has rocked the country in recent months, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.” references two administration reports in detail, one entitled “TPS considerations,” bold added)

Haitians Participate in Massive Pro-Democracy Protest,” by Sandra Lemaire, Renan Toussaint, Matiado Vilme, Voice of America, March 1

After a Decade of Misrule, the People of Haiti Have Had Enough But apprentice dictator Jovenel Moïse won’t go as long as the Biden administration backs his violent, corrupt regime.,” by Amy Wilentz, The Nation, March 1

Biden Is Deporting Hundreds of Haitians While the Country Is in Chaos,” Vice News, March 1 (4:35 minute video, cites lack of any COVID screening, estimates children expelled in Feb “at least 270”)

Thousands march against Moïse, kidnappings and U.N. in Haiti during large protest,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Feb 28, updated March 2

Hoping against hope Can Haiti rid itself of Jovenel Moïse? The country needs a new leader. It is not clear when it will get one,” The Economist, February 27

Archdiocese of Miami, Letter of Most Reverend Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, to Secretaries Mayorkas and Blinken and Acting AG Wilkinson, Re Moratorium on Deportation and Expulsion of Haitians, February 26

Police: More than 400 escape in deadly Haiti prison break; notorious gang leader killed,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Feb 26

They were filming a movie in Haiti. Then they got kidnapped.,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Feb 24

61 U.S. House members (including Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Western Hemisphere chairs) write opposing Haiti deportations (Feb. 23), supplementing Feb. 11 and Feb. 8 CBC efforts. 

Did a Coup Attempt Really Happen Two Weeks Ago in Haiti?  The Biden administration must speak up for human rights in the island nation.,” by editorial board member Farah Stockman, New York Times, February 23

Haiti’s turmoil worries UN Security Council as fatigue grows with Moïse’s one man rule,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Feb 23

Press Release, “Haiti: Attacks on Judicial Independence,” Human Rights Watch, Feb 22

The Biden administration is deporting hundreds of Haitians to a country mired in political chaos,” by Marcela Garcia, Boston Globe columnist, February 22

Haiti Is Rocked By Mass Protests Against President,” Interview with Brian Concannon, IJDH board member and founder, on “Rising Up with Sonali,” Feb 19

Haitians Are at an Impasse Over the Country’s Future,” by Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker, Feb 19

Opinion, “U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters: Haiti President Jovenel Moïse’s shameful assault on democracy,” by U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, Miami Herald, February 17

Press Release, “President Biden, It’s Time to Act On TPS for Haiti — Lives Depend On It,” by Julia Holladay, America’s Voice, Feb 17

Statement, “Statement by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the Situation in Haiti,” by CARICOM, CARICOM Today, Feb 15

Thousands march in Haiti to say ‘No to dictatorship’ as peaceful protest turned violent,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Feb 14

Biden accused Trump of ignoring Haiti. As turmoil deepens, will he change U.S. policy?,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Feb 14

Statement, “GJC Issues Statement on the Constitutional and Human Rights Crisis in Haiti,” by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU Law, Feb 14

Editorial, “Haiti Needs Help. This Is What the U.S. Sends Instead,” by the Editorial Board, New York Times, Feb 10

Editorial, “Haitians are fleeing their country. Their president is the source of their problem,” by the Editorial Board, Washington Post, Feb 10

Political Crisis in Haiti Poses Challenge for Biden’s Democracy Push,” by Amy Mackinnon & Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy, Feb 10

Haitian journalists injured as nation plunges deeper into turmoil amid constitutional crisis,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Feb 10

UN Says Elections This Year Will Help Haiti,” by AFP – Agence France Presse, Barron’s, Feb 11

Opinion, “Haiti: On the edge of disaster again,” by the Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the United States and the Organization of the American States, CNG Media, Feb 11

Haiti President Tells VOA He Retired 3 Judges to ‘Protect’ Supreme Court,” by Sandra Lemaire, Voice of America, Feb 10

Haitians Don’t Know if They Just Witnessed an Attempted Coup or a Kidnapping,” by Lillian Perlmutter, Vice News, Feb 9

American Denies Any Involvement in Haiti Coup Attempt,” by Sandra Lemaire, Voice of America, Feb 8

Coup allegations and rival claims to the presidency deepen Haiti’s crisis,” by Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, Feb 8

U.S. lawmakers call for Haiti-led transition, support claim Moïse’s presidency ends Sunday,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Feb 6

The Foreign Roots of Haiti’s “Constitutional Crisis,” by Mark Schuller, North American Congress on Latin America, Feb 6

Last Updated: July 16, 2021

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