Mary Estimé-Irvin, Vice Chair of National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON), speaks about the humanitarian and economic crisis in Haiti and calls on the Biden administration to act at a press conference at Moca Plaza in North Miami on Thursday, Oct. 7.

NORTH MIAMI — A group of Haitian American politicians want the Biden Administration to appoint a Haitian American special envoy to Haiti, designate the country’s gangs as terrorists and impose economic sanctions on “bad actors” behind the armed groups.

In press conferences held in seven different U.S. cities on Oct. 6, members of the National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON) called on Biden to not be complicit in the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. They insisted Biden keep his promises, as a candidate, to support Haiti.

“This conversation started years ago,” North Miami Vice Mayor Alix Desulme said during the North Miami press conference at Moca Plaza. “Today we stand united asking the Biden administration to please do something. Our brothers and sisters are dying, the situation is dire and we need help.”

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.