Haitians in the US being deported for minor offenses

Following the earthquake and cholera outbreak in Haiti last year Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said they would temporarily halt the already problematic practice of deporting Haitians living in the US who are convicted of misdemeanor and drug offenses. However, ICE resumed deportations in January despite still horrific conditions in Haiti. Those being deported include people who have grown up in the US and know it as their home. Many of the offenses are minor. And what they are being met with in Haiti is unconscionable, from being locked up in jails the ACLU calls “dungeon-like” to dying of cholera.

A powerful video from the New York Times tells the story some of the people who have been deported and the advocates in the US fighting to stop this practice. Please watch the video and take action to stop this despicable practice.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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