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Haitian Crisis

The United States is currently turning away Haitian refugees who are fleeing a humanitarian crisis and seeking to legally gain asylum in the U.S. under international law.

Please Join the Campaign 
for Haitian Asylum Seekers

Joint Letter to President Biden:

 

We are calling on concerned leaders and organizations to join a letter to the Biden Administration urging that in light of the catastrophic conditions in Haiti, his administration suspend the US Coast Guard's interdiction of Haitian asylum seekers and the deportation of Haitian refugees in the United States. 

  

Below you can read and sign the letter. 

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Request for Release of Policies Relating to Haitian Refugees:

In order to permit concerned members of the public and organizations to fully understand the Biden Administration's internal policies on the treatment of Haitian asylum seekers so they knowledgeably advocate for humane policies constant with US international obligations, please join Freedom of Information Act request available for review at the links below. 

 

We appreciate your support and efforts to make a difference in this crisis. 

The Crisis in Haiti

  • Since Haiti’s former President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in July of 2021, Haiti has been experiencing a dire security situation.

  • The government has lost control over strategic areas to the hands of dangerous armed gangs.

  • These powerful gangs blockaded fuel terminals, cutting off communities from resources like water and medicine, while killing, kidnapping, and robbing Haitian residents. 

  • After more than three years without Cholera cases, a new outbreak started in October 2022. Without clean water and facing widespread hospital shut downs, the country has few resources to prevent Cholera from spreading. 

  • Returns to Haiti are life-threatening, and will continue to be so, until security conditions in Haiti improve. 

Current Reports

Haiti: ‘Take urgent action now’ urges ECOSOC President

16 June 2023 | United Nations

“This plan targets 3.2 million Haitian people whereas around 5.2 million Haitian people are in need. This should be our wake-up call”-Lachezara Stoeva

Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Haiti: Key Recent Developments

June 2023 | IJDH

Since IJDH’s last Update on Human Rights and Rule of Law in Haiti, Haiti’s governance and humanitarian crises have deepened yet further.

Almost 3 million children ‘desperately need protection and support’ in Haiti

15 June 2023 | United Nations

Children find themselves in the crossfire and targeted as armed groups terrorize the population.

"Refuge" in the United States

  • Under international and U.S. law, Haitian’s faced with the humanitarian crisis may seek asylum in the U.S. The U.S. has welcomed Ukrainian asylum seekers while detaining and expelling thousands of Haitian asylum seekers. 

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  • In 2021, video of border Patrol agents beating and trampling Haitian asylum seekers as they tried to cross the Rio Grande surfaced.   

  • Instead of planning to help asylum seekers resettle, the White House is considering incarcerating Haitians seeking safety in Guantanamo Bay or forcing them to wait in a third party country.  

  • Haitian asylum seekers continue to face danger in Haiti and racism in the U.S., where they are denied just and equal access to our immigration process, detained in terrible conditions, and subjected to abuse by CBP.  

  • Under Title 42, the Trump and Biden Administrations have conducted mass deportations of Haitian immigrants without providing them a meaningful opportunity to seek asylum.  

  • Haitian asylum seekers are currently being detained in ICE facilities or in encampments at the U.S.-Mexico border.  

  • The Biden administration has taken minimal steps to protect Haitian asylum seekers, but not nearly as many as are needed. Reinstatement of the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, investigation into the abusive Border Patrol agents, and improvements to the asylum process help, but many policies and practices remain that target and harm Haitian asylum seekers.

Action Plan

Calling upon the Biden administration and DHS to implement the following policies and practices: 

  • Commit to never incarcerating Haitian, or any, asylum seekers in Guantanamo Bay. 

  • Grant humanitarian parole to Haitian asylum seekers and ensure that they are not forced to wait in a third country or incarcerated while their asylum case is pending. 

  • Ensure that Haitian asylum seekers are not targeted under Title 42, metering policies, or interdiction for exclusion. 

  • Release Haitian immigrants from detention in ICE facilities and from the unsafe, abusive conditions in the encampments at the border. 

  • Ensure that Haitian asylum seekers are provided a fair and just credibility screening and fair access to the court process, including translation services. 

  • Monitor and address disparities in the immigration system, including detention, bond, and denial of asylum. 

  • Halt all deportation to Haiti; grant Deferred Enforced Departure to people from Haiti. 

  • Ensure that Haitian individuals interdicted outside the border are provided a fair opportunity to request asylum and access the asylum process. 

  • Redesignate and extend TPS for Haiti so that recent asylum seekers can be protected. 

  • Support Haiti in rebuilding a safe and healthy democracy without unnecessary U.S. military intervention.

How You Can Help Today

Support non-profits that defend and aid Haitian refugees.

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Led by human rights lawyer and activist Kerry Kennedy, their team of attorneys, issue experts, advocates, entrepreneurs, and writers is united by a commitment to realize Robert Kennedy’s dream of a more just and peaceful world.

The Haitian Bridge Alliance advocates for fair and humane immigration policies and connects migrants with humanitarian, legal, and social services

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The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti is a U.S.-based human rights non-profit organization and partnership of human rights advocates in Haiti and the U.S., dedicated to tackling the root causes of injustice that impacts basic human rights in Haiti.

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Haitian-Americans United for Progress (HAUP) provides support though education, training, culture, networking opportunities, and other support services, that allow the community to successfully adapt and thrive.

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