Sam Bojarski

Brooklyn Haitian group partners with city to prepare for future crises
New York

Brooklyn Haitian group partners with city to prepare for future crises

Last March, the Haitian-American Alliance (HAA) helped assemble a coronavirus task force, with an 800 number to connect community members with resources in Creole. The nonprofit received regular feedback about community needs during the pandemic, and more recently has used this information to complete a formal needs assessment.

One year later: COVID-19 and the Haitian community
Coronavirus

One year later: COVID-19 and the Haitian community

New York City, the heartbeat of the Haitian diaspora, became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States one year ago— with neighborhoods like Flatbush and East Flatbush reporting over 51% of coronavirus tests coming back positive. By July 2020, when the virus peaked in South Florida, St. Fort’s Funeral Home based in North Miami Beach was seeing as many as 20 deaths per week due to COVID-19.

Over 950 Haitians deported in February, removals likely to continue
Immigration & Migration

Over 950 Haitians deported in February, removals likely to continue

The Haitian Times reported on Feb. 3 that more than 1,400 Haitians were scheduled for removal, on 14 deportation flights. A CEPR database shows that 14 removal flights to Haiti occurred during the month of February, with the most recent one on Feb. 25. Haiti remains mired in a constitutional crisis concerning the end of President Jovenel Moise’s term, which opposition leaders say ended Feb. 7.

Scheduling help available as Medgar Evers, other vaccine locations open
New York

Scheduling help available as Medgar Evers, other vaccine locations open

With central Brooklyn neighborhoods reporting some of the lowest vaccination rates in the city, the Medgar Evers site at 231 Crown St., near the corner of Nostrand Avenue, is one of the largest in New York State. Officials say the Medgar location can administer up to 3,000 vaccines per day. The state partnered with the National Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency to open the vaccination site.

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