ALTERNATIVE CHANCE/CHANS ALTENATIV
Founded in 1996, we continue to be a resource and support for Criminal Deportees in Haiti, & those facing criminal deportation, their families, legal services, law clinics, immigration attorneys, human rights & immigration rights organizations, policy groups, universities, media, Haitian & international agencies, not for profits and community groups, as well as to brief governments on the reality on the ground in Haiti for criminal deportees.
A self-help, peer counseling and advocacy program for Haitian criminal deportees
December 2014 -- Alternative Chance fought for years for the Haitian government to stop its illegal and life-threatening detention of criminal deportees arriving in Haiti. And more recently, as a Co-Petitioner to a Precautionary Measures Petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights since 2011, we brought to light the inhumanity and illegalities of such a practice made even more deadly while Haiti’s cholera epidemic has taken lives of many detainees in Haiti including a criminal deportee within days of being deported. We also highlighted the vulnerability of the mentally ill and those suffering from serious medical conditions.
Today, the Haitian government does not generally detain criminal deportees overnight upon arrival but continues to detain some criminal deportees without due process, and in violation of Haitian and international laws. Unfortunately, we believe any suspension of detention of criminal deportees upon arrival is temporary.
Further, criminal deportees continue to be targeted by the Haitian government and its police once they are in the community and are targeted for arrest, detention in police stations or in the national prison system. Criminal deportees continue to be subjected to torture, executions and mob violence.
For further information: email Michelle Karshan at AlternativeChance@gmail.com
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Expert Witness re Haiti Deportation
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A Guide to Returning to the United States After Deportation: A Guide to Assess Your Eligibility
Overview of (petitioners) campaign to Stop the Deportations to Haiti
Haiti: IACHR - Haitian Removals SYNOPSIS and attachments
The Precautionary Measures Petition filed at the IACHR of the OAS
Deportation 101: A Community Resource on Anti-Deportation Education and Organizing
The IACHR decision
Continue to suspend deportation to Haiti, by Michelle Karshan, Sun-Sentinel, January 19, 2011
Alternative Chance, together with Five other Civil and Human Rights Groups, File Emergency Human Rights Petition To Stop Imminent Deportations To Haiti: Earthquake, Cholera And Violence Is Death Sentence
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