Haitians in Venezuela: Ice cream, human trafficking and the shantytowns of Caracas

Posted on Wednesday 19 December 2012

Now almost 3 years after the earthquake that rocked Haiti’s shores, AlterPresse takes a closer look at life in Venezuela, a country that has received an ever-increasing flux of Haitian migrants.
By Robert Shaw
Bogota, Dec. 19, 2012 [AlterPresse] --- Urdaneta Avenue, once known as the "power street" in the boom years of Caracas with its bulging banks and high-flying stockbrokers, has now become home to beggars huddled outside rundown restaurants and Haitians selling ice cream to passersby who jump to avoid stepping in excrement - human or animal – as they listen to the joyful ringing sound (...)

US 2012 Elections: Haitian-American views on immigration, economy and healthcare

Posted on Tuesday 6 November 2012

Updated on 12:00
By Robert Shaw
Bogota, Nov. 6, 2012 [AlterPresse] --- As voting in the 2012 US election kicks off today (Nov. 6, 2012), US opinion polls have the Democrat and Republican candidates neck and neck at 48% a piece. AlterPresse talks to the Haitian diaspora about the main issues at stake.
“On key issues like immigration, health and the economy, Haitian voters in the US are simply scared of what the Republican candidate stands for,” says Jocelyn McCalla, a Haitian policy analyst based in the US. “A win for Romney’s team would spell a return of “white” to the White House,” he (...)

Haiti’s revolving door: Human trafficking and smuggling in Latin America

Posted on Tuesday 30 October 2012

By Robert Shaw
Bogota, 30 oct. 2012 [AlterPresse] --- Human trafficking and migrant smuggling to and from Haiti is a family affair worth millions of dollars with the endearing ´old lady´ running field operations from Chile, the ´sister´ managing accounts in Cuba and the ´bishop´ playing the religious card from Ecuador.”
“Since Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, an extensive network has developed in Haiti with traffickers offering scholarships at universities and job opportunities to social groupings in the west, center and northeast of the country,” Wooldy Edson Louidor, the Latin American and Caribbean (...)

Chile-Haiti : The networks that El Poli built in Chile to traffic Haitian immigrants

Posted on Monday 22 October 2012

By: Gustavo Villarrubia and Juan Pablo Figueroa
Published: 05.10.2012
Translated by : Robert Shaw for AlterPresse
If it hadn’t been for the wrong move that Dominican Luis Ramirez took in the airport – while ‘Viviana Rodriguez’, a Chilean police officer was tracking him for months on end – the group that was trafficking Haitian citizens to Chile wouldn’t have been detected. ‘Viviana’ became an undercover agent while a specialized team followed her every move.
Over the course of the last eight months, Ciperchile shows how 17 Haitians were brought to Chile with promises of jobs in exchange for (...)

Haiti-Housing: Organizations launch “lasting solutions” campaign for displaced people

Posted on Monday 8 October 2012

P-au-P, Oct 8, 2012 [AlterPresse] --- From July 2 until October 1, 2012, several national and international organizations launched an international campaign called under the tents, with the aim to ensure the right to housing.
This international campaign intends to demand permanent housing solutions for the 400,000 displaced people that still live in camps, more than two years after the earthquake that devastated the Haitian capital on January 10, 2010.
The campaign organizers intend to mobilize both the US Congress and the European Parliament, to raise global awareness through the (...)

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