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BLACK FAMILY SUMMIT HAITIAN PROJECT

Updated: Feb 13, 2022

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE BFS HAITIAN PROJECT


NCBL is a member of the Black Family Summit (BFS). The BFS has received a grant for a Haitian Project – to provide assistance to Haitians who are facing serious difficulties, many posed by the United States and Mexico, in entering or remaining in the United States.


Many of you were justly outraged last year when news reports exposed the inhumane treatment of Haitian immigrants at the U.S. – Mexico border.


This is your opportunity to give aid to our Haitian brothers and sisters facing displacement.


In discussions with the project coordinating team and Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) legal team, we are asking people to provide support in a number of specific ways.


The BAJI Legal Team will provide training for the scope of work described below, including credible fear preparation, humanitarian parole applications, and basic asylum law.


There may be some remuneration for part of this work. The coordinators of the grant are developing a budget for the project and some funds will be directed to this area of work.


4 TYPES OF LEGAL & FINANCIAL SUPPORT ARE NEEDED:


01. IN-PERSON REPRESENTATION AT THE BORDER


This happens as part of a visit with the monthly Border Task Force that BAJI co-leads. NCBL plans to coordinate that legal support and needs someone to participate in the next few bi-weekly Border Task Force meetings to coordinate with the Border Task Force team. There are Haitians who receive in-person support from the Border Task Force.


In applying for asylum, the applicant must complete an assessment of a “credible fear threat.” Often, they are declined, many times because the applicant did not articulate the credible fear clearly and was unable to overcome the biases in the border panel considering the request.


02. VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS


These are developed to assist in providing information and direction to Black immigrants, including Haitians, at the border. The Haitian Project coordinators are attempting to find someone who speaks Haitian Kreole to participate so that Haitians who only speak Kreole can join.


If you know of anyone who speaks Haitian Kreole, please let us know.


03. DIRECT REPRESENTATION IN COURT


There are legal actions that do not require someone to be an immigration attorney, such as bond hearings. Bonds are required of those immigrating or seeking asylum and often for Black immigrants, including Haitians, they are set very high.


There is also a need for immigration attorneys to assist with asylum cases.


04. HUMANITARIAN AID


There is a need for direct humanitarian aid. Although a portion of the grant received by the BFS Haitian Project includes money for humanitarian support, the need for humanitarian aid is great. It will be even greater with the recent expansion of the Remain in Mexico policy to include all asylum seekers from the western hemisphere and the extension of Title 42.


Please let us know if you want to contribute financially to providing humanitarian support that could be used to purchase items for distribution during the Border Task Force trips or for Haitians who have made it into the country who need assistance.


NCBL will provide any money collected for humanitarian aid to BAJI for distribution.

 

Please review this information carefully.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:


ADJOA AIYETORO

or

TIERNEY PEPRAH


FREELY SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR NETWORK.

 

"Sak vid pa kanp."

"An empty sack can’t stand up."

(A Haitian Kreole Quotation)

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