Six Miami and Washington human rights groups have sprung into action to fight the mass deportation of Haitians from a number of countries. The groups have filed petitions with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to stop deportation to the country, which is currently suffering from a cholera epidemic and civil unrest following last year’s devastating earthquake.
More than 350 Haitians have been placed in detention centers in the U.S. since the deportations resumed.
Amnesty International has also taken action against the Dominican Republic to cease deportation to Haiti, arguing that it would result in grave human rights violations. In the past week, nearly 1,000 Haitians have been deported from that country.
Deported Haitians will likely be placed in detention centers when they arrive. Forty-eight Haitians have died in their holding cells at these centers. Over one million people in Haiti remain homeless and without proper sanitation.
Many Haitians have applied for Temporary Protective Status in the U.S. Today is the deadline to apply for such status.