To New York City’s Immigrant Communities: During these uncertain times we must remind ourselves of who we are as a city and hold steadfast to the values that we cherish and hold dear. The values of hard work, respect and coming together during times of adversity define us as New Yorkers. That will not change,…
By Jocelyn McCalla
]Haitians can say goodbye to Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, President Barack Obama saw fit to use his discretion to grant this exceptional status to Haitians stranded in the US because of the extensive damage suffered by their country. The operative keyword is discretionary authority. At his discretion the president can grant TPS for a period of 18 months — which Obama did in 2010 — and extend this status for another 18 months or less depending on whether conditions in the country under consideration have sufficiently improved to allow an orderly return of the individual beneficiaries. President Trump is unlikely to extend TPS further for Haitians. In fact, he is unlikely to extend TPS for many other nationals who have benefited from such a measure.
By Fabienne Colas
Haiti is known for many things; for its food, its music, its art and its people, who stay continuously resilient in the face of political and socioeconomic turmoil. However one aspect of Haitian culture that is kept in the shadows, is the misogynic ideals that are interwoven in the culture, and rears itself in various forms of abuse against women.
By Jacques Jiha, Commissioner, NYC Department of Finance
Born in Haiti, I came to this country when I was 21 years old to further my education. I paid my way through school working as a parking lot attendant, earning a bachelor’s in economics from Fordham University, and then a master’s and Ph.D. at the New School for Social Research.
By New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
The future of our City depends on the success of young people today. But instead of being able to focus on their aspirations, many girls and women, particularly those of color, are battling challenges rooted in gender, sex and race discrimination. Poverty, sexual violence and poor health outcomes stand squarely in the way of their success. For young women from immigrant families, these challenges are complicated by immigration status and language barriers. This has to change.
By Henry Beaucejour A very old problem People tend to give the earthquake of 2010 the blame for everything happening in Haiti, but the problems facing the youth of this country goes back a lot further than that. One of the issues which should receive significant consideration is what exactly are the challenges which have…
By Henry Beaucejour
Firstly, we need to define “good” as in a good leader. It is reasonable to construct a definition based on the assessment that such a leader left the nation better than he or she found it. This requires an individual whose commitment to Haiti and Haitian people surpasses their commitment to their own selfish desires.
By New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
For centuries, countless immigrants, including the 3.5 million that today call New York City home, have brought culture, ideas, innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit to neighborhoods across the five boroughs, building communities and embedding themselves in the social fabric of the City.
By TwensQueen Jean-Baptiste
Feb. 7, 2016 marked the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship and symbolized the end of Michel Martelly’s term as president of Haiti. As he returned the presidential sash and waved goodbye, Martelly not only left the National Palace, but also left the country in a crisis.
By Suzie Fertil
For many of Haiti’s children, one major accomplishment is to live long enough to see their first birthday. In reality, one of 14 infants in Haiti never accomplish such a milestone. Sadly, reaching their first birthday does not ensure a survival. Within the Caribbean and Latin America, Haiti’s children are more likely to die before the age of 4. This is certainly cause for alarm. Many of the premature deaths are preventable, and are the results of an unhealthy lifestyle, poor nutrition, and lack of prenatal care