Cap-Haitien protest against the Prime Minister Ariel Henry
Demonstrators march in Cap-Haitien June 30, 2022, to demand that Prime Minister Ariel Henry step down. Photo by Oldjy François for The Haitian Times.

As 2022 comes to an end, a flurry of activity around Haiti’s crises and immigration is taking place on Capitol Hill, with President Joe Biden appointing a special representative to oversee some diplomacy developments this week and Congress looking at passing legislation that might affect Haitian immigrants.

Biden appointed former Senator Christopher Dodd to the State Department position of Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas on November 18. Dodd, who served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from the state of Connecticut, is tasked with seeing through key Biden administration initiatives — immigration, health, human rights and food security— for the region. He will also help prepare for the upcoming Cities Summit of the Americas taking place in Denver in April 2023.


Biden and Congressional members take action at end of 2022 to impact Haiti policy and immigration.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.