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18 Jul 2017 description

Tilory, 18 July 2017 - Many Haitians have been forced to migrate both internally and to neighboring Dominican Republic due to natural disasters such as the 2010 earthquake or severe poverty. This migration often has lead to serious human rights violations, such as the abuse of laborers, sexual and gender-based violence, the abuse of children, and human trafficking. Haitian children are particularly vulnerable, often being trafficked and forced to serve as domestic servants, agricultural workers, or street vendors.

14 Jan 2013 description

Bogota, Rome, Washington, DC, Port-au-Prince, le 14 janvier 2013. Trois ans après le tremblement de terre qui a frappé Haïti le 12 janvier 2010, quelque 400.000 personnes déplacées continuent à vivre en grande précarité et sans protection, dans les camps situés dans et aux alentours de la capitale du pays, Port-au-Prince.

14 Jan 2013 description

Bogotá, Rome, Washington DC, Port-au-Prince, 14 January 2013 – Three years after the 12-January earthquake that struck Haiti, approximately 400,000 displaced people continue to live in vulnerable situations and without protection in camps in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the surrounding areas. The Jesuit Refugee Service expresses great concern, because the rights and appropriate guarantees for protection of displaced persons, as defined in the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, continue to be ignored.

03 Oct 2012 description

27 September 2012 – Decisions by a number of governments on the American continent to resume or intensify the deportation of forced Haitian migrants risks making them even more vulnerable than they currently are. After the earthquake on 12 January 2010, various Latin American announced the suspension of deportations of Haitians on humanitarian grounds. Some governments respected this moratorium; while others violated it.

02 Oct 2012 description

27 de septiembre de 2012 - Las decisiones de algunos gobiernos del continente americano de reanudar o intensificar la deportación de migrantes forzosos haitianos les amenaza con hacerlos aún más vulnerables de lo que actualmente son. Después del terremoto del 12 de enero de 2010, varios países de América Latina dieron una moratoria a las deportaciones de los haitianos y haitianas por razones humanitarias. Algunos gobiernos respetaron la moratoria, mientras que otros la violaron.

02 Oct 2012 description

27 septembre 2012 – Des décisions prises par plusieurs gouvernements sur le continent américain pour reprendre ou intensifier la déportation de migrants de force haïtiens risquent de les rendre encore plus vulnérables qu'ils ne le sont actuellement. Après le tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010, divers gouvernements latino-américains ont annoncé la suspension de la déportation d'Haïtiens, pour raisons humanitaires. Quelques gouvernements ont respecté cette suspension tandis que d'autres l'ont violée.

07 May 2012 description

Bogotá, 7 May 2012 – More than 350 Haitians, stranded for three months in the rural Brazilian border province of Tabatinga, began arriving in Manaus, the capital of Amazonia.

Their arrival marked the end of their journey from Haiti to Brazil, having passed through Bolivia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Peru, among other South American countries. The arrival in Manaus also marked the end of a long and painful wait of more than three months in a secluded province in the heart of Amazonia.

24 Apr 2012 description

Thiotte, le 19 avril 2012 – Grâce à un partenariat entre le Service Jésuite des Réfugiés des Etats-Unis et la paroisse du Sacré-Cœur, les élèves de trois communautés implantées dans et autour de la petite ville de Thiotte, située dans les montagnes, ont pu bénéficier de nouvelles écoles.

19 Apr 2012 description

Thiotte, 19 April 2012 – Students in three communities in and around this small town of Thiotte in the mountains of Haiti have been able to move into new schools because of a partnership between Jesuit Refugee Service USA and the Sacred Heart Parish.

JRS USA has contributed US$135,000 for the construction of the three new schools, and is providing a stipend for teachers of US$5,000 to each school for two years. In additional, JRS USA provided US$25,500 for 560 desks at the three schools.

02 Feb 2012 description

Los Cacaos, 02 February 2012 — Two years after an earthquake struck Haiti, Los Cacaos has demonstrated what happens when neighbours work together to solve a problem.

Catholic nuns based across the Artibonite river in San Francisco of Banica Parish in the Dominican Republic organised the project in consultation with community leaders. Jesuit Refugee Service USA provided 113,000 US dollars to fund the project, and members of the community supplied the labour to build roads, construct cisterns and lay miles of plastic pipe and tubing.

01 Sep 2011 description

Bogotá, 30 August 2011 – The impact of the January-2010 earthquake, cholera epidemics, subhuman living conditions in camps for displaced persons and disillusionment with the failure to stabilise the country are some of the many reasons why Haitians are fleeing in substantial numbers.

Yet as nearby states tighten their borders, hundreds of Haitians have found themselves stranded in Tabatinga, a small Brazilian city of 50,000 inhabitants bordering Colombia and Peru.

09 Jun 2011 description

Port-au-Prince, 09 June 2011 – At least 23 people have died due to strong downpours which fell principally in the Ouest Department, where Port-au-Prince is located, according to a report by the Haitian authorities.

20 May 2011 description

Port-au-Prince, 20 May 2010 – Nearly a week after the inauguration of the newly elected president, Joseph Michel Martelly, Haitians displaced by the 2010-earthquake are receiving an increasing number of threats from landowners to leave their camps.

Ten days ago, more than 150 families living in Palais de l'Art camp, in a suburb of the capital, Port-au-Prince, found themselves imprisoned. That morning when a group of displaced persons tried to leave, they realised the gate to the street was locked. In a desperate attempt to climb the wall, some were injured.

05 May 2011 description

Pedernales, Dominican Republic, 04 May 2011 — Outside this small town on the southern coast, Jesuit Refugee Service is supporting an education project of the Altagracia Parish in the Diocese of Barahona.

Two migrant-worker villages in the area are home to Haitians and Dominican-born people of Haitian descent. Following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti the area witnessed an influx of Haitians displaced by the natural disaster.

28 Jan 2011 description

Haitian children at increased risk of traffickers since earthquake last year, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

It is presumed that high percentages of these street children are in fact victims of trafficking.

Santo Domingo, 24 January 2011 - A large number of Haitian street children in the Dominican capital are not, as previously presumed, displaced victims of last year's earthquake, but rather victims of child trafficking.

According to the preliminary findings of a report by the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Dominican Republic, many children brought to the country are forced …

12 Jan 2011 description

Port-au-Prince, 12 January 2011 - One year after the earthquake which devastated the country, Haitians are still suffering, not only because of the grief caused by the loss of their friends and family, but also because of their deplorable socio-economic conditions and the acute political crisis facing the country.

Commemorating the first anniversary of the earthquake which led to the death of approximately 300,000 people, JRS urged national and international actors to undertake a joint evaluation of their actions to see what lessons can be drawn to help build a better future for …

18 Oct 2010 description


1. Australia: outsourcing asylum not the solution

2. Europe: protection must have priority in EU relations with Libya, JRS says

3. Haiti: situation still critical

4. International: UN head calls for new responsibility-sharing deal


5. Chad: Darfuri refugee children to attend secondary school

6. Zimbabwe: food aid helps children stay in school

7. Belgium: JRS receives prize for work in Syria

8. Italy: Writing Doesn't go into Exile award presentation

31 Aug 2010 description


1. Sudan: peace through education

Washington DC, 30 August 2010 - JRS has urged the governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan to commit themselves to a non-violent resolution of their differences, regardless of the outcome of the referendum on independence in January 2012. Moreover, JRS has called on the international community to sustain its support for the peace agreement.

Although much remains to be done, peace has made possible the beginnings of an improvement in education, health, and sanitation.

14 Jul 2010 description

Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office



1. Sudan: education sector not ready for emergencies

2. Burundi: unrest continues in the capital

3. South Africa: Bishops Conference calls for renewed vigour in the face of xenophobia

4. South Africa: World Cup shines a spotlight on refugees and migrants

5. Australia: asylum focus should be on protection, not punishment

6. Italy: human rights organisations call for end the policy of forced returns


22 Jun 2010 description

Caracas, 22 June - Little has changed since 12 January, the day the earthquake claimed the lives of approximately 220,000 people, two percent of the population, and made more than one million homeless.

According to JRS Latin America and Caribbean, if anything, the daily life of Haitians has deteriorated. Hopes for a brighter future have been coloured by uncertainty, scepticism and a lack of government action.

Despite the announcement of the national relocation plan for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps, there is no clear strategy for the future.