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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.

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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.