Extraordinary Conditions in Haiti Make Deporting Thousands from the U.S. Unsafe


Canaan, Haiti. January 2011. Credit: Ellie Happel

New Global Justice Clinic Report Urges 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

Haiti is not ready to accommodate the return of thousands of Haitians living in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), according to Extraordinary Conditions: A Statutory Analysis of Haiti’s Qualifications for TPS, a report released today by the Global Justice Clinic at New York University (NYU) School of Law. The report describes extraordinary conditions that persist in Haiti—including the impact of cholera, which continues to sicken and kill Haitian people, homelessness caused by natural disasters, and a spike in extreme hunger—that prevent the country from safely welcoming the 50,000 TPS holders and their families currently living in the United States.

TPS is an immigration status provided to nationals of certain countries that have experienced natural disaster, civil war, or face other conditions that place their nationals at risk if deported.  Haiti was originally designated TPS after the devastating impacts of the 2010 earthquake.  Drawing on field research and quantitative evidence, the report demonstrates that while Haiti had made some progress in recovering from the earthquake, Hurricane Matthew and the cholera outbreak were significant setbacks. The Haitian government is still overwhelmed by the fight to control cholera, alleviate hunger, and find housing for the displaced. It simply is not capable of safely receiving returnees. The report concludes that DHS should therefore extend TPS for Haiti for the maximum 18 month period.

The report comes at a critical time, as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deliberates on whether to extend TPS for Haiti. DHS must determine TPS holders’ fate by November 23, 2017.

Read full press release here.

Read report executive summary here. 

Read full report here.






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For more information, please contact:

Ellie Happel, NYU Global Justice Clinic:, 206-816-0544

Margaret Satterthwaite, NYU Global Justice Clinic:, 347-277-5035 or 212-998-6100

About the Global Justice Clinic

The Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law provides high quality, professional human rights lawyering services to individual clients and nongovernmental and intergovernmental human rights organizations, partnering with groups based in the United States and abroad.  Working as legal advisers, counsel, co-counsel, or advocacy partners, Clinic students work side-by-side with human rights activists from around the world. The Clinic has worked on human rights issues in Haiti since its founding.


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