Haitian Immigrant Rights

Haitian migration, hemispheric anti-Blackness, and legal empowerment across the Americas.

Impacted by anti-Black racism, xenophobia, and language barriers, Haitian immigrants are marginalized in destination countries throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Global Justice Clinic partners with Haitian-led immigrant rights’ organizations in the U.S., Haiti and elsewhere, supporting Haitians to expose injustices and combat marginalization.

Launched in 2022, Rights without Borders is a collaborative project with the NYU Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. It builds on the Clinic’s past work advancing Haitians’ rights in the U.S.

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Building a hemisphere-wide coalition of Haitian leaders and advocates, the project:

  • aims to use legal empowerment as a tool to fight the racism and anti-migrant policies that Haitian diaspora communities are confronting across the Americas.
  • will facilitate the sharing of strategies, creation of know your rights resources, and coordination of advocacy across borders.

In partnership with Ralph Thomassaint, a series of videos will be created to highlight the work of Haitian activists and Haitian-led organizations who are advocating for Haitian migrants in various countries throughout the hemisphere.

Rights without Borders builds on the Global Justice Clinic’s past work advancing Haitians’ rights in the United States. 

In 2021, GJC partnered with the Haitian Bridge Alliance, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and Fried Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, to file FOIA requests seeking records concerning the rapid, summary expulsions and deportations of Haitians seeking refuge in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, GJC partnered with NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund to hold a two-day virtual convening with over 400 participants entitled “Immigration, Racial Justice and Equal Protection: The Legacy of Jean v. Nelson.” A companion podcast explored the intersection of immigration and racial justice, centering the challenges that Haitian–and more broadly, black immigrants–face as the targets of anti-black racism in the United States.

In 2017, GJC published a report arguing for an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Since then, GJC staff have contributed to the legal efforts to preserve TPS for Haiti, participated in the successful advocacy effort to win redesignation of Haiti for TPS, and trained dozens of attorneys to better serve members of the Haitian community as they seek protection through TPS.

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Haitian Migration Beyond the News Cycle

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Featuring Gabrielle Apollon, Emmanuela Douyon, and Ralph Thomassaint Joseph, with moderator Wynnie Lamour.

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Haitian People at the Border

Historical and current push factors, and the role of U.S. Foreign Policy.

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Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

Why was it designated, and what do practitioners need to know about Haiti and Haitians to effectively assist with TPS applications?

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Haiti & the Biden/Harris Administration

HAWG member Haitian Women’s Collective hosted a policy panel discussion with distinguished women speakers to discuss what’s next for Haiti in relation to the current Biden/Harris Administration.

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GJC partner testifies before IACHR

Member of the Hemispheric Network for Haitian Migrants’ Rights testified at a landmark hearing on the Human Rights of Persons in Human Mobility due to the Effects of Climate Change.

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