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Audio via @FamiliesFreedom: War on Immigrants Report – Haitian Deportations

January 14, 2012

via War on Immigrants Report, a segment of Global Movement, Urban Struggles on Pacifica Radio

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January 12th, 2011

HOSTED THIS MONTH  BY:  Donald Anthonyson and Abraham Paulos of Families For Freedom

As Haiti marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake, along with what has been labeled the world’s worse cholera epidemic, killing an average of 200 Haitians per month, the US is still deporting people back to a country that even the State Department warned its citizens against traveling to Haiti. In June 2011, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights  also weighed in by “ordering” the US to stop the deportations of Haitians back to the country, based on obvious health, safety and human rights concerns. During this show, we examined the current situation in Haiti and also what Haitian nationals are facing when they are at risk of being deported.
Special Guests:
  • Michelle Karshan, a long time social justice activist, has been working with youth and adults in conflict with the law in New York State — both in the community and in prisons — for the past thirty years. When Michelle moved to Haiti in 1996, she founded Alternative Chance — the first reentry program in the world dedicated solely to assisting, and advocating on behalf of, criminal deportees.  Alternative Chance is currently a co-petitioner before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights calling on the United States to stop deportations to Haiti.  You can find out more information on the website and on Facebook at Alternative Chance. For information call 212-613-6033
  • Caroline Bettinger-López is an Associate Professor of Clinical Legal education and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. Her scholarship, advocacy, and teaching focus on international human rights law and advocacy, including the implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level.  Her main regional focus is the United States and Latin America, and her principal areas of interest include violence against women, gender and race discrimination, and immigrants’ rights. Bettinger-López regularly litigates and engages in other forms of advocacy in the Inter-American Human Rights system, federal and state courts and legislative bodies, and the United Nations. Prior to joining Miami Law, Bettinger-López was the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute and Lecturer-in-Law and Acting Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. There, she helped to coordinate the Human Rights in the U.S. Project and Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network, a network of over 450 lawyers who are actively involved in domestic human rights strategies in the U.S.

We will also be speaking to two Haitian nationals who are facing deportation to Haiti.

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