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Left to right: Rita Joseph, Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn and Farah Louis were among six incoming and current elected leaders to write a letter to President Biden on July 19. Photo by Stephen Witt

Marie Woodson’s cell and office phones have been ringing almost non-stop since July 7, the day President Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his private home in Port-au-Prince. The callers, Woodson said last week, have turned to her as a Florida House representative for updates on the murder investigation. 

In turn, Woodson, who represents Florida House District 101, has put out calls to legislators and foreign policy-makers at the federal level in the United States government.

“Nobody at that level is really getting in contact with you, to keep you informed of what’s going on,” said Woodson, who lived in Haiti until her early 20s. “And this is why sometimes we feel like we’re not involved in the process.” 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.