Sunday, March 8 @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, March 22 @ 12:30 PM
Dominican Republic Human Rights Issue
On February 25th, thousands of demonstrators marched in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, to protest against racism and ongoing mistreatment of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic, after a Haitian man was found hanging from a tree. With our guest, we discuss how this incident has increased the already tense relationship between the two Caribbean nations.
Ediberto Roman, Director of Immigration Initiatives at Florida International University
NOTE: Contact Ediberto Roman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know any Haitian or someone of Haitian descent affected by the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court ruling.
Influencing Black Youth
On February 24th, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it found no sufficient evidence to charge George Zimmerman with federal civil rights violation in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The DOJ also closed its case against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, with no additional charges for the killing of Michael Brown. But, they did find “systemic racial discrimination by the Ferguson Police and the court system against African-Americans”. How does our culture affect black youth? Do they stand a fighting chance?
Jamar Myers, Overtown Youth Center
Marlyn paris-Lawson, CRAMS Consulting, Inc
Sunday, February 8 @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, February 22 @ 12:30 PM
Cholera lawsuit against United Nations
On January 9, a U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by human rights lawyers seeking compensation for the victims of cholera. Scientific studies have shown that the cholera epidemic that broke out in Haiti in 2010, killing over 8,000 Haitians and making over 600,000 ill, was likely introduced in Haiti by U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal.
Soeurette Michel, Haitian Lawyers Association
Police and Citizens Relations
From Ferguson in Missouri, to New York, to North Miami Beach, a series of events have sparked debates on law enforcement and African-American relations nationwide. With our guests, we discuss this national crisis and how it impacts the Haitian-American community.
Councilman Frantz Pierre, City of North Miami Beach
Yvans Morisseau, Miami-Dade County Office of Community Advocacy
Sunday, January 11 @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, January 25 @ 12:30 PM
Haiti Earthquake: Five years later
On January 12, 2015, it will have been five years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. To help rebuild the country, about 130 countries, NGOs and banks led by the United States and the United Nations pledged over 10 billion dollars. With our guests, we discussed the progress of the reconstruction of Haiti.
Ralph Cheriza, Haitian Empowerment Foundation
Sunday, November 9th, 2014 @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 @ 12:30 PM
The Death of Jean-Claude Duvalier
Former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier, nicknamed “Baby Doc”, died in Port-au-Prince at the age of 63 on Saturday, October 4, from a heart attack. Duvalier ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986 until a popular uprising forced him to exile to France. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011. With our guests, we talked about whether Duvalier would ever have been tried for his alleged crimes against the Haitian people.Guests:
Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program
On October 17, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they will start implementing the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program in January 2015. We invited Florida State Representative Daphne Campbell to talk about the reunification program.Guest:
Sunday, October 12th, 2014 @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 12:30 PM
Human Trafficking from the Haitian Perspective
In an email sent to local Haitian-American community leaders, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle stated, “Florida ranks number two or number three in terms of the number of victims of human trafficking in our community.” Our guests discuss the importance of bringing awareness to this issue within the Haitian diaspora.Guests:
Watch WPBT2 over the next month as our Public Affairs programming covers different aspects of the immigration issue.
Haiti Journal will continue the conversation of immigration on Sunday, October 12th @ 12:30 PM and Sunday, October 26th @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, August 10 @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, August 24 @ 12:30 PM
New Dominican Republic Naturalization Law
After months of local protest and international pressure against the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court’s ruling, lawmakers passed a new law which will set a system to grant naturalization to Dominican-born children of immigrants -- including a significant number of immigrants or Haitian descents. Still, many think that this regularization plan will only resolve the problem for a limited number with documents, since many others are living in the country without documentation.
Alejandra Hernandez, Embassy of Dominican Republic in the US
Municipal and County-wide Elections from the Haitian Perspective
On August 26th, it will be the primaries. Voters in different cities and counties are called to choose individuals to hold public office. We talk about the upcoming elections from the Haitian perspective.
Michael Lenaghan, Ed.D, Miami-Dade College
Patrick Jabouin, PhD, H.E.L.P. 4 U
Sunday, July 13 @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, July 27 @ 12:30 PM
Dominican Republic New Naturalization Law
At the end of the month of May, Dominican Republic lawmakers passed a new naturalization law proposed by President Danilo Medina. In a letter to the president of the House of Representatives, President Medina wrote that the new law would help create a country with no exclusion and discrimination.
Soeurette Michel, Esq., Haitian Lawyers Association
South Florida Haitian-American Community Agenda
On June 29, Haitian-American community leaders, pioneers, college and university students, professionals, officials and stakeholders convened to discuss the challenges of the Haitian-American community and to formulate short and long-term goals to move the community forward.
Gepsie Metellus, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center
Sunday, May 11 @ 12:30 pm
Sunday, May 25 @ 12:30 pm
Haitian Voices for the Next Generation
It’s been 14 years since Miami-Dade County declared the month of May as Haitian Heritage Cultural Month. Miami-Dade County is just one of many areas throughout the U.S. that recognizes this special month, celebrating Haitian culture and history. As we honor the past, we invited young Haitian leaders to talk about the future.
Jeff Jacques, Miami-Dade College
Stervens Pauleus, Florida International University
Smana Petit-Frere, Broward College
Djevelyne Phileus, University of Miami