Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami • Haitian Women of Miami

FANM's mission is to socially and politically empower Haitian women and their families, as well as facilitate their adjustments to South Florida.

In State Tuition Passes!

On Friday, May 2, 2014, the Florida House of Representatives just passed House Bill (HB) 851 with an overwhelming majority of 84-32!

After nearly a decade of advocating for in-state tuition for all Florida residents regardless of status, the Florida Legislature just made history!

We have now joined the ranks of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington!

We now have one final step, Gov. Scott must sign the bill and make it law! Over 17,000 supporters from throughout the country have e-mailed Gov. Scott demanding he lead the way for in-state tuition! The future of Florida is now in his hand. 

Sign this petition to continue to put the pressure on Gov. Rick Scott to sign House Bill (HB) 851: http://bit.ly/eduforall

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TPS Extended for Haitians

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WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti for an additional 18 months, effective July 23, 2014 through Jan. 22, 2016.   

Current Haitian beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from March 3, 2014, through May 2, 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day period begins. USCIS will not accept applications before March 3, 2014.

The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Haitian TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of Jan. 22, 2016. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EADs expire. Therefore, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Haiti EADs bearing a July 22, 2014 expiration date for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through Jan. 22, 2015.

 

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NY Times: More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes

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By  and SARAH COHENAPRIL 6, 2014

With the Obama administration deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace, the president has said the government is going after “criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families.”

But a New York Times analysis of internal government records shows that since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all. Twenty percent — or about 394,000 — of the cases involved people convicted of serious crimes, including drug-related offenses, the records show.

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Marleine Bastien speaks to the Human Rights of Haitians at the UN in Geneva

"Continuing deportations to Haiti violations the basic fundamental rights of the deportees."

- Marleine Bastien, March 11, 2014 at the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

 

Marleine Bastien speaking before the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland:

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Marleine wins 2013 US Human Rights Movement Builders Award

Recognizing her exemplary social service and advocacy work, the US Human Rights Network awarded FANM founder and Executive Director Marleine Bastien with the 2013 US Human Rights Movement Builders Award.

The prestigious award recognizes work in the US to advance human rights for all people.

For a full description of the award and program, please visit the US Human Rights Network.

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Haitians challenge injustice in Dominican Republic

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“I believe that xenophobia and racism is at the roots of their decision which does not make any sense since DR firms have been getting most of the construction contracts in Haiti in additions to reaping billions from sales in the Haiti-Dominican frontier,” said Marleine Bastien, executive director, Haitian Women of Miami. “Haitians have been used has cheap labor for generations . . . their sweat and blood and courage have built the Dominican Republic infrastructure. Yet, Haitians have been used as scapegoats for generations, subjected to gross human rights abuses and violations. They are forced to live in conditions not fit for human beings. I strongly support a global economic boycott. That is the only language that they will understand. Nothing else. The Haitian government also needs to take a firm position against the continued butchering of its citizens in the Dominican Republic. Thirty people have been killed, hatched to death in Neiba. What explains this silence in the face of these massacres?

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