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Volunteers from Dallas hand out shoes and backpacks to Haitian asylum seekers in Houston on Sept. 25. Photo by Leonardo March

Rodney Rozier walked in the door of the NACC Receiving Center in Houston, one day after driving nearly six hours from Del Rio with his mother Jeanette and other family members. 

A technical glitch with the family’s volunteer registration prompted a terse exchange with the office manager. It nearly made Rozier’s 1,100-mile journey from West Palm Beach to help Haitian asylum seekers housed at the Houston shelter all for naught. 

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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.

Leonardo March is Brooklyn-based visual journalist from Puerto Rico and a Report for America corps member

Leonardo can be reached at Leonardo@haitiantimes.com