MIAMI — The U.N. Independent Expert on human rights in Haiti wants to suspend deportations to the Caribbean country. In a report issued this month, Michel Forst said deportations from U.N.Read more
Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry discussed the significance of Haitian Heritage Month during a special program at the Massachusetts State House on May 15, 2012. Rep. Forry also talks about her office's work to push for a federal Haitian Family Reunification program through a signature petition drive. Video courtesy ACH.Read more
As time passes and some wounds heal, Haitian artists have begun to express more hope and optimism in their works of art, according to Charlot Lucien, founder and co-director of the Haitian Artists Assembly of Mass.Read more
Boston College Carroll School of Management senior Reynaldo Sylla was honored this month for his exceptional leadership and service. He is the 2012 recipient of the University’s Dr. Donald Brown Award, which honors a senior for his or her extraordinary contributions to the greater AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) community.
Named for the BC’s inaugural director of AHANA Student Programs, it was presented to Sylla during Black Family Weekend in April.Read more
Hyde Park Open Studios takes place Sunday, September 30, 2012. This event highlights artists and their work. It is a community-wide, family event. We invite resident-artists from the Haitian Community of Hyde Park to join us.Read more
Haitian-Americans United Inc. organizes the celebrations each year of Haitian Heritage Month in Boston, Massachusetts. H.A.U. and its partner organizations continue to focus on “Unity” as a central theme for each event; while evoking the spirit and the determination of the ancestors that led Haiti’s independence on January 1st 1804.
The Haitian Heritage theme for this year is: Haiti counts on its Diaspora and Friends: Unified to support Education and Reconstruction. As to previous years, H.A.U. will coordinate three major events for the Haitian Heritage Month with one in collaboration with Haitian-American State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry.Read more
A Suffolk County Grand Jury has indicted a former Boston man in the Nov. 2011 double-murder of two Haitian-American sisters who were gunned down in their Dorchester apartment last November. The suspect, Jean Weevins Janvier, 30, has been on the run since the homicides and authorities say that they believe he's fled the country.
Prosecutors say that Janvier had been in a previous romantic relationship with Stephanie Emile, 21, who was found shot to death alongside her sister, Judith, 23, in their Harlem Street apartment on Nov. 14, 2011.Read more
Mattapan sisters Shaina and Gabriella Gilbert are six years apart in age, but they share the same passion for scholarship and volunteerism.
The Gilbert girls have particularly distinguished themselves by devoting their summers to teaching youth in their parents’ native Haiti.
In 2009, Shaina created a summertime leadership camp called Empowering Through Education, or ETE, which derives from the Haitian Creole word for “summer.” In its first year, the camp started with 40 students that expanded to over 100 over the past four years, teaching children how to become leaders of their communities and learn about social change.Read more
After experiencing several film festivals, Patrick Jerome, Haitian-American filmmaker, realized that nothing like this existed in Boston. Arriving in America to a different film industry, he created the Boston International Film Festival (BIFF) to not only present his own films, but to bring culture and movies throughout the world to the city.
With only a small number of films accepted, the Tenth Annual BIFF will be screening over 100 movies from 30 countries at the Boston Common AMC Loews. Jerome said a record-breaking number of filmmakers are coming from South Korea, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, and France.Read more
On April 28, the South Shore Haitians United For Progress (SHUP) will celebrate its Annual Benefit Gala at The Lantana in Randolph. The gala’s keynote speaker is Dr. Paul Farmer, the co-founder of Partners in Health. The event will include entertainment by Tabou Combo, Cultural Art Exposition, cocktails, dinner and dancing.Read more
Dorchester’s Harbor Pilot Middle School will be one of four places on Saturday where parents will have a chance to weigh in on the Menino administration’s attempt to overhaul the school assignment process. The community meeting will last from 9 a.m.Read more
Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) posted an update this week on YouTube about local efforts to collect signatures in support of a petition to President Obama requesting implementation of the Haitian Family Reunification Parole program. Her office, which has coordinated the petition in Massachusetts, says that over 2,500 signatures have been gathered in recent weeks. To learn more and to sign the petition, visit lindadorcenaforry.org/haiti-action-updates/.Read more
Marjorie Alexandre Brunache, Counsel Minister for the General Consulate of Haiti in Boston, is the newest representative of the Haitian government in Boston. She was appointed to the position last fall and has served since Dec. 1, 2011. She succeeds Emmanuelle Dupiton and Gladys Joseph.
“What I want the community to know is we are here for them,” said Counsel Brunache. “We deliver so many important services, that outreach to educate the community on what we provide is key to our success.”Read more
BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News — which appears every weekday evening in Boston— produced this report. Above, cab driver, Pierre Duchemin, and his attorney, Shannon Liss-Riordan, talk about a class action suit over compensation filed against cab fleet owners and city regulators. Aired March 8, 2012.Read more
In this month's edition, the Boston Haitian Reporter is pleased to introduce our readers to a new section of the newspaper that will feature the work of Haitian cartoonists and journalists. Their work has been brought to our attention through a groundbreaking project led by an international organization called the Cartoon Movement.
We encourage our readers to learn more about the background of Cartoon Movement and their Haiti project by going to their website. You can also view more work from very talented Haitian artists, cartoonists and journalists who have teamed with Cartoon Movement in recent months. There is also a video that documents the month that the Cartoon Movement’s editorial team spent in Haiti last July.
On January 12, 2012, the second anniversary of the earthquake, Cartoon Movement published the first chapter of the 75-page comics journalism project focused on life in Haiti— the first section of which is printed here in the Reporter.
Written by Port-au-Prince reporter Pharés Jerome, and illustrated by Chevelin Pierre, Tents Beyond Tents takes us down to the Champ de Mars in front of the crumbled presidential palace to the squalid conditions in tent camps on the outskirts of town. Jerome tells us of the forced evictions by state authorities and the modest progress that is finally allowing some families to relocate.Read more
Boston Police have issued an appeal for the public’s help in locating their chief suspect wanted in connection with the double homicide of two sisters, Stephanie and Judith Emile, who were found shot to death in their Harlem Street apartment on Nov. 14.
Investigators say that 30 year-old Jean Weevens Janvier of Dorchester "has been identified as the person responsible for the homicides" of the sisters— who were 21 and 23 years old when killed.
According to Boston Police, "This investigation has included numerous interviews, along with the recovery of forensic evidence, which ultimately led to the issuance of an arrest warrant for Janvier."Read more
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 30, 2012. As Haiti continues to recover from the devastating earthquake of 2010, state leaders on Monday recommitted themselves to helping Haitians and their families living in Massachusetts to rebuild their lives.
“This was not about some distant calamity, but our neighbors, friends, co-workers and their families,” Gov. Deval Patrick said during an event Monday morning commemorating the second anniversary of the earthquake.
To mark the anniversary, state officials gathered at the State House with members of the Haitian community where Patrick presented a proclamation recognizing the earthquake and promising to continue the state’s efforts to help refugees and their families who have since arrived in Massachusetts.
Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat and a Haitian American, led the event, which also attracted House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate Ways and Means Chairman Stephen Brewer, Rep. Russell Holmes of Dorchester, and Rep. Alice Wolf of Cambridge.Read more
Victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti continue to find solace and medical treatment at Dorchester’s Codman Square Health Center, which has created a special program to focus on the specific needs of the Haitian clients still coping with the after-effecRead more
Karen Keating Ansara of The Haitian Fund at The Boston Foundation, was the keynote speaker at the Jan. 7 gala dinner hosted by Haitian-Americans United, Inc.Read more
Two hundred and eight years ago, brave Haitians declared an end to slavery, giving birth to a new nation where each person was a human being. Tout moun se moun. This move advanced the notion of human rights for the first time in modern history, and was a vast departure from the values that were held in high regard during French colonial rule.
While at its inception, the revolutionary ideals of the newly formed nation called Haiti held great promise, the reality as understood today detracts from this plesant image. Still, our rituals and their symbolic associations mirror these revolutionary ideals. For example, soup joummou, the New Year’s and Independence Day celebratory pumpkin soup, signifies the communion of equals through the consumption of the once forbidden delicacy reserved for the colonial masters. Today, as family and friends gather around the dinner table, we are clearly proud of our freedom and accomplishments, yet know that there are countless Haitians who are hungry, sleeping under tents. Two hundred and eight years after independence, many Haitians live in abject poverty and have no rights as humans.Read more