Fighting Deportation to Haiti

Feb 26, 2013

FANM has led the fight to stop deportation to Haiti for 20 years.  FANM Executive Director Marleine Bastien has been engaged in the struggle for the past 30 years.  She joined the fight for equal treatment and due process for Haitian refugees two days after arriving in the U.S. from Haiti under the leadership of the late Father Gerard Jean-Juste.

However, since the demise of the Haitian Refugee Center, F.A.N.M has taken the leadership in fighting for the right of due process and equal treatment for Haitian refugees and immigrants .  Two years ago, FANM joined forces with the University of Miami Human Rights Clinic ,The University of Miami Immigration Clinic, Alternative Chance and several others to protest deportations of Haitians to Haiti after the earthquake which killed 250,000 people.  

The fight to stop deportation to Haiti intensified after one such detainee Wildrick Guerrier died a few days after being deported to Haiti in 2011 of cholera-like symptoms.  FANM Executive Director Marleine Bastien met with and testified twice in  2011 and 2012 in front of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the conditions of Haitian deportees.  She traveled to Haiti in February 2011 and February 2012 to document in country conditions and the plight of Haitian deportees.

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