Graph showing TPS recipients in the US. March 2018

Marie entered the U.S. on a tourist visa in 2004. She never went back after experiencing a traumatic incident in Haiti.

Before overstaying her visa, she was a frequent traveler who often came here on vacation. She worked as a secretary for more than six years at the Secretary of State for Literacy in Haiti. She left work one evening and hailed a taxi home. In Haiti, most taxis, called tap-taps, are rideshares. It was perfectly normal when another passenger got in the back seat while she sat in the front next to the driver. After several blocks, three men filled the back of the car. As the driver continued on his route, one of the men pulled out a gun and demanded possession of the car. Marie found herself caught in the middle of a carjacking. She quickly grabbed her purse to get out of the vehicle, but one of the men ordered her to stay in the car.

In addition to environmental risks, Human Rights Watch listed Haiti’s continuing political instability, a broken criminal justice system, violence against women, child domestic labor, and cholera as being part of an ongoing crisis in its 2018 World Report. The report also found that “political instability in 2017 hindered the Haitian government’s ability to meet the basic needs of its people, resolve long-standing human rights problems, or address continuing humanitarian crises.”


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Coralie Saint-Louis

Coralie is a digital media specialist and multimedia journalist with several years of experience in content management, publication, and distribution.