Today's Date: December 7, 2022
AHN West Penn Opens Butterfly Suite for Families Coping with Perinatal Loss   •   Kezar Announces Inducement Grants Under NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4)   •   Because Market Named to Inc.'s 2022 Best in Business List   •   Crowley and Wreaths Across America to Host Wreath Laying Ceremony to Honor Veteran Roberto Clemente 50 Years After His Passing   •   Equinor Wins Commercial-Scale Lease in California - Deepens Leading Floating Offshore Wind Position   •   GENERAC INVESTORS: 1/30/23 Filing Deadline in Securities Class Action – Contact Lieff Cabraser   •   Crowley and Wreaths Across America to Host Wreath Laying Ceremony to Honor Veteran Roberto Clemente 50 Years After His Passing   •   Newsweek Names Tractor Supply to List of “America’s Most Responsible Companies”   •   2023 SPIE Startup Challenge Finalists to Showcase Innovative Photonics Technologies in Healthcare and Deep Tech   •   Edgewell Personal Care Named One of America's Most Responsible Companies in 2023   •   Cutera, Inc. Announces Proposed Private Offering of $100 Million of Convertible Senior Notes   •   Texas Realtors announces 2023 Chairman Marcus Phipps   •   Meijer Brightens Holiday for In-Store and Pickup Customers with Nearly $400,000 in Surprise Holiday Shopping Sprees   •   Investigation Alert: Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP is Investigating Securities Fraud Claims on Behalf of Investors of T   •   CREF is pleased to announce the addition of Neil Ravitz, former Executive at Penn Medicine, in the newly appointed role of Senio   •   Cintas Again Named to Newsweek’s America’s Most Responsible Companies List   •   Library and Archives Canada announces First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations receiving 2022-2023 funding fro   •   Health Plans Project 2023 Premium Growth of 7.2% for Group Fully-Insured Plans and 6.4% for Individual Plans   •   Kirby McInerney LLP Announces the Filing of a Securities Class Action on Behalf of NeoGenomics, Inc. (NEO) Investors   •   Government of Canada invests in MEDTEQ+ to fund groundbreaking technologies that will benefit Canada's seniors and their familie
Bookmark and Share

Black Immigrant Organizations File FOIA Lawsuit Demanding Transparency on the Abuse of Haitians in Del Rio Last Year

Black Immigrant Organizations File FOIA Lawsuit Demanding Transparency on the Abuse of Haitians in Del Rio Last Year

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Black-led immigrant justice organizations Haitian Bridge Alliance, UndocuBlack Network, and African Communities Together filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint in the Southern District of New York seeking records from the U.S. government on the abuse of Haitian asylum seekers in Del Rio, TX last year. Nearly a year after the original request was submitted on October 1, 2021, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has produced a single document, while the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have produced nothing. Justice Action Center, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Innovation Law Lab are co-counsel.

The lawsuit alleges that in September 2021, around 15,000 Haitian asylum seekers fleeing persecution arrived in Del Rio, Texas. Though the Biden administration knew of their pending arrival, it failed to prepare adequate resources to humanely receive these individuals and families exercising their legal right to seek safety. Instead, for two weeks, the administration subjected them to horrific conditions and racist abuse by CBP that included lack of food, water, urgent medical care, and verbal and physical assault. The Biden administration then proceeded to expel Haitians en masse back to danger—including pregnant mothers and infants as young as nine-days-old—totaling more than 25,000 Haitians since September 19, 2021.

"As we just marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S. government's abuse of Haitian asylum seekers in Del Rio, we are disappointed but not surprised that we have to litigate this FOIA request," said Guerline Jozef, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Haitian Bridge Alliance. "Since last September, the Biden administration has skirted accountability at every turn: DHS conducted a sham investigation that focused on the mere 30-minute period captured on camera rather than the full two weeks that Haitians were subjected to abuse. They also failed to interview a single Haitian victim or witness yet concluded that there was no use of excess force. We vehemently oppose these efforts at impunity and hope this FOIA litigation is a step towards the transparency and accountability that impacted Haitians deserve."

"Anti-Blackness is a core tenet of U.S. immigration policy," said Haddy Gassama, National Director of Policy and Advocacy at the UndocuBlack Network. "Not only is this evidenced by the government's abuse of Haitian asylum seekers in Del Rio, but also by its attempts to avoid accountability. For years, Black immigrant advocates have challenged the violent treatment of Black migrants; while the structures and systems that have enabled this cruelty to endure are not new, it is the responsibility of this current administration to rectify those harms. That begins with transparency, ending deterrence policies like Title 42 and ensuring protections are put in place for people seeking safety."

"Since Del Rio, the Biden administration has expelled more than 25,000 Haitians and many more still face uncertainty and discrimination along the border," said Diana Konaté, Policy Director at African Communities Together. "We file this lawsuit in solidarity with the thousands who were abused in Del Rio and who are still fighting for their fundamental, human right to seek safety. DHS's blatantly one-sided investigation into Del Rio with its deliberate failure to interview a single Haitian migrant illustrates the urgency and necessity of this litigation to produce the documents we are entitled to under law."

Contacts: 

Plaintiffs:

Haitian Bridge Alliance: Guerline Jozef, gjozef@haitianbridge.org

UndocuBlack Network: Haddy Gassama: haddy@undocublack.org

African Communities Together: Diana Konaté: diana@africans.us

Co-Counsel media contacts:

Justice Action Center: Tasha Moro, tasha.moro@justiceactioncenter.org

RFK Human Rights: Amy Reid, reid@rfkhumanrights.org

Innovation Law Lab: Alex Mensing, alexm@innovationlawlab.org

Cision View original content:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/black-immigrant-organizations-file-foia-lawsuit-demanding-transparency-on-the-abuse-of-haitians-in-del-rio-last-year-301638287.html

SOURCE Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News