After the Earthquake: Haitian Migration & the U.S. response

Posted on Wed, Feb 03, 2010 at 15:56 pm

(Washington, DC) -- Since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken several actions to improve U.S. migration for Haitians, including granting temporary protected status to Haitians currently in the U.S., granting humanitarian parole for Haitian orphans, and expedited processing of immigrant visa petitions for Haitians with family members in the U.S. This briefing will explain additional steps that can and should be taken including ensuring access to asylum screenings for interdicted Haitians with protection concerns, extending humanitarian parole to Haitians waiting in the family visa backlog, and considering other options for Haitian migration to the United States.

RSVP to liza.lieberman@hias.org or 202-212-6026.

When: Thursday, February 4, 3:00 pm-4:00pm
Location: 2237 Rayburn

Speakers:

Mark Hetfield, Senior Vice President
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

Eleanor Acer, Director Refugee Protection Program
Human Rights First

Leslie E. Vélez, Director for Access to Justice
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)

SPONSORS:
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
Human Rights First
International Rescue Committee
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sisters of the Good Shepherd
The Episcopal Church
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Women’s Refugee Commission
World Relief