For Immediate Release
Date: January 13, 2006
Contact: Thomas M. Griffin, Esq.,
(215) 925-4435 ext. 108, email@example.com
Nationwide Legal Actions to Stop Deportations to Haiti
Lawyers file simultaneous motions across the country to save Haitian lives
Immigration attorneys and rights organizations cite catastrophic human rights conditions
Hundreds of national and local organizations* endorse action
Filings and press conferences to be held in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Miami, and Philadelphia
New York, New York – On January 19, 2006, immigration attorneys and advocates on behalf of Haitians facing deportation in removal proceedings in key cities throughout the United States will simultaneously submit moti
ons. The Motion to Stop Deportations to Haiti asks Immigration judges in each particular case to administratively close the case due to catastrophic and ever-deteriorating human rights conditions there. The Motion asserts that an immediate decision “protecting Haitians from forced return is imperative.”
In addition, local press conferences will be held in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Miami, and Philadelphia to discuss the filings of these motions.
The Motion states, “Despite the ongoing chaos that continues in Haiti, including brutal civil strife, documented bloody political conflict, indisputable countrywide insecurity and the proven inability of the Haitian state to protect its own people, the United States continues to refuse refuge to fleeing Haitians.”
The Motion is a necessary response to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) failure to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitians facing removal from the United States. TPS temporarily suspends the forced rep
atriation of nationals to countries whose governments cannot protect them from immediate threats to their lives, freedom, and welfare based on a broad variety of conditions.
DHS can designate a country for TPS based on internal armed conflict, overwhelming natural disaster, or extraordinary temporary conditions preventing safe return of its nationals. In addition to the above catastrophic conditions, Haiti continues to suffer the repercussions of recent hurricanes, devastating floods, and landslides in which more than 10,000 people died and hundreds of thousands were made homeless. There is no doubt that conditions for TPS eligibility have been met. In light of the overwhelming need for it to be granted to all Haitian nationals, the U.S. government must stop deportations to Haiti.
*National organizations, and personalities endorsing this action include: World Service Immigration and Refugee Program, Dr. Paul Farmer, TransAfrica Forum, Ira Kurzban, Esq., American Immigration Lawyers Associat
ion, Church World Relief, National Council of Churches of Christ USA, Mark Dow, Jonathan Avirom, Esq., Haitian Lawyers Association, Episcopal Migration Ministries, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the Center for Justice and Accountability, and the Jesuit Refugee Service.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR LOCAL CITY PRESS CONFERENCES:
Washington, D.C.: Joia Jefferson Nuri, (202) 223-1960, JNuri@transafricaforum.org
New York: Michelle Karshan, (786) 897-6572, firstname.lastname@example.org
Boston: Paromita Shah, (617)227-9727 x 1, email@example.com
Miami: Steven David Forester, Esq., 786 877-6999, SteveForester@aol.com
Philadelphia: Thomas M. Griffin, Esq., (215) 925-4435 ext. 108, firstname.lastname@example.org
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