Dear Friends, I am so very proud of this sister! I present to you some information that I have gathered from the FANM AYISYEN NAN MIYAMI website. I have visited her personally, on the basis of our common interests in Haitian immigrant issues in the United States. She is a terrific lady and I encourage you highly to support her work on behalf of the Haitian community.
Guy S. Antoine
Windows on Haiti
Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of FANM AYISYEN NAN MIYAMI - HAITIAN WOMEN OF MIAMI
Marleine Bastien is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is the Executive Director of the organization, responsible for oversight of the agency. Ms. Bastien has a master's degree in social work from Florida International University, and more than 20 years of clinical experience and eight years of direct administrative experience in the management of non-
profit organizations. She has championed the cause of women, children and Haitian families through her dedicated advocacy in the areas of immigration and human rights, sickle cell, HIV/AID, breast cancer and domestic violence.
Ms. Bastien serves as not only the voice of Haitian women, but as the unofficial spokesperson for the Haitian community at large, rallying for its causes in the Nations capital and in speaking engagements, including the historic World March of Women held in Washington, D.C. She is often quoted in local, national and international media such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and others. As a writer, Ms. Bastien, contributed a chapter to the NASW Encyclopedia in 1994 . Ms. Bastien has been given numerous accolades and most recently Ms. Magazine honored her as a "Woman of the Year." The magazine is considered a landmark in both women's rights, and U.S.American journalism, and the Leadership for a Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation, in 2002.
Marleine Bastien is the founder, former president, and current Executive Director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (Haitian Women of Miami). Marleine Bastien is considered a true leader in the Haitian community of South Florida. A passionate and articulate spokesperson for Haitians, she formed the "Justice Coalition for the Haitian Children of Guantanamo" to advocate for Haitian children incarcerated there in the early 1990s, and also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show to lend her expertise to a discussion of the devastating effect that prolonged detention at Guantanamo had on Haitian children.
Marleine Bastien is one of the founders of the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition, an umbrella of 15 organizations that advocate for the rights of Haitian refugees. She has been recognized with several honorable awards. She was also named in the Miami Herald in 1999 as one of the "Forty Special People to Watch in the next Millennium." Marleine continues to dedicate herself to the betterment and the benefit of others - in health, education, economic survival and social justice. She consistently stands tall in the face of challenges always seeking fairness for the common good of our community - especially the women among us. Bastien serves as not only the voice of Haitian women, but as the unofficial spokesperson for the Haitian community in large rallying for its causes in the Nations capital and in speaking engagements. She is often quoted in local, national and international media such as CNN, the BBC and others.
Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contribution to the Haitian Community. – Haitian Refugee Center
Certificate of Appreciation (for volunteering to Produce a booklet on AIDS in Creole.) – Red Cross
Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding service and participation in student Fair. – Dade County Public Schools
Certificate of Appreciation for valuable contribution to the community. – Metropolitain Dade County Commission
Outstanding neighborhood volunteer, 1993. Commendation – Mayor Xavier Suarez
Leadership Award ($5,000 – Award) - Green Foundation Community
Outstanding Community Service Award - Haitian American Nurses’ Association.
Employee of the Month Award. - JMH
Outstanding Leadership Award - The Association of Haitian Physician Abroad over.
In The Company of Women.
Social Worker of the Year Award. - Miami-Dade County
Women of Impact Award.
Human Rights Award. - Amnesty International, Miami Chapter
Adora Obi Nweze Community Service Award. - WMBM Radio
Community Leadership Award. - FIU Alumni Torch Award
Heroine of the Year Award - Eta Phi Beta Sonority, Inc.
Women of the year Award - Ms. Magazine
Outstanding Community Service - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Community Leardership Award - Haitian Lawyers Association.
WEB Dubois Award - NAACP, Miami-Dade Branch
AT+T Community Service Award - Red Cross
Of Hope, Courage, and Justice Award - Global Mosaic of Women
Women Who Make A Difference Award - Miami Law Women
Community Service Award - Gay and Lesbian Foundation of South Florida