Family of Tamarac Couple Kidnapped in Haiti Desperate For Help After Paying $6,000 Ransom with No Return
By Ryan YousefiThe family of a Tamarac couple kidnapped during a recent trip to Haiti is pleading for help as their whereabouts remain unclear, even as an initial ransom was paid to their kidnappers. According to the family, Jean Dickens Tousaint and his wife, Abigail Tousaint, of Tamarac, were visiting relatives and attending a festival in Haiti when a bus the couple was riding in was stopped by unknown assailants who requested all Americans be removed. The kidnapping reportedly occurred just outside the city of Port-au-Prince, but the couple’s current whereabouts are unknown. The family has since been frantically trying to negotiate with the kidnappers, who have demanded an exorbitant ransom of $200,000 per person. The family initially paid $6,000, but the kidnappers refused to release the couple, demanding even more money.thewestsidegazette.com
Suspects accused of killing of Haiti’s president appear in federal court in Miami-Dade
Four key suspects in the killing of Haiti’s president appear for the first time in U.S. federal court to face accusations that they plotted and participated in his assassination, a day after they were transferred to the United States for prosecution.
IMF Executive Board Approves US$105 Million Food Shock Window to Haiti
WASHINGTON, DC – The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved today a disbursement of SDR 81.9 million (US$105 million) to Haiti under the Food Shock Window of the Rapid Credit Facility to help Haiti address urgent balance of payment needs related to the global food crisis. Haiti has been hit hard by the global food price shock. Record price inflation has worsened Haiti’s fragility given the high pass through from global to domestic food prices and shortages in food supplies. This shock compounds the hardships of an already highly fragile country—also suffering a public health emergency (cholera) and serious security risks. Following the Executive Board’s discussion, Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, issued the following statement:sflcn.com
South Florida sponsor helping Venezuelan migrants with Biden parole program
As President Joe Biden announced the recent expansion of an immigration policy for migrants coming from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, sponsors in South Florida are stepping up to help people who might not even know about the program.
FANM Leads Rally at USCIS Miami Office to Stop All Deportations to Haiti
FANM Leads Rally at USCIS Miami Office to Stop All Deportations to HaitiMIAMI – On Wednesday, December 7th, 2022, Family Action Network Movement, elected officials and community leaders gather outside of USCIS in Miami calling the Biden Administration to reevaluate the current conditions of Haiti and urgently redesignate TPS for the over 50,000 undocumented Haitians nationals living in the United States. The rally will take place starting at 11:00 AM ET at USCIS Miami 8801 NW 7th Ave, Miami. Despite this crisis, the Biden Administration continues to deport and expel Black immigrants to Haiti in complete denial of their basic rights of due process. Family Action Network Movement (FANM) strongly condemns these illegal deportations and urges President Biden to redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Redesignate TPS for Haiti.sflcn.com
Haitian migrants rescued from crowded vessel; others still aboard boat stuck on sandbar off Florida Keys
At least 22 migrants from Haiti have been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and an undetermined amount of others are still aboard a boat in bitter weather, hours after a good Samaritan reported the crowded vessel to officials Monday.sun-sentinel.com
Haiti’s ex-prime minister speaks to Local 10 News on solutions to nation’s crisis
Haiti is in the grips of a humanitarian crisis not seen in decades. Violent gangs have forced the country into lockdown for weeks. Local 10 anchor Calvin Hughes sat down exclusively with Haiti’s former prime minister to discuss solutions for a nation that seems to be on the brink of collapse.
He’s 9 month old and a U.S. citizen. Why does Florida DCF want to send him to Haiti?
By Jacqueline Charles and Jay WeaverHe was born in Broward County to a troubled mother who lost permanent custody due to mental health struggles. His father, back in Haiti, was not in the picture. Urged on by the Florida Department of Children & Families, a circuit court judge has ruled that 9-months old Ector — by birthright an American citizen — should be sent to Haiti to be with his maternal grandmother, who lives in a mountainous region and has no steady income. He could be sent to Haiti any day despite the concerns of his foster parents, who have struggled in their legal effort to keep him here. “He has the right to clean water, and he has the right to not starve.”thewestsidegazette.com
98 migrants rescued from boat off Florida coast lacked food
Almost 100 people, mostly from Haiti, who were rescued from an overcrowded boat off the Florida coast had no food or water for two days, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the 96 Haitians, as well as a passenger each from Uganda and the Bahamas, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Boca Raton, Florida, last week. The passengers told Coast Guard crew members that they had been at sea for a week and lacked food and water during the last two days.news.yahoo.com
Calls for help, humanitarian corridor as gangs siege Haiti
The United Nations is proposing a “humanitarian corridor” in Haiti’s capital to help people get gasoline and aid amid a mounting crisis as gangs keep blockading roads and access to some areas, including to one key fuel terminal in Port-au-Princewashingtonpost.com
Calls for help, humanitarian corridor as gangs siege Haiti
The United Nations is proposing a “humanitarian corridor” in Haiti’s capital to help people get gasoline and aid amid a mounting crisis as gangs keep blockading roads and access to some areas, including to one key fuel terminal in Port-au-Prince.
Texas State University Student Adopting Baby Boy He Found In Trash Covered With Ants While Visiting Haiti
After caring for the infant for five years, a Texas State University student, 27, who discovered a baby boy in a trash can and covered in ants while on vacation in Haiti has announced that he is adopting the child.news.yahoo.com
315 kids, adults shelter at school to escape Haiti gang war
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hundreds of children and adults sheltered at a high school in Haiti's capital Saturday after fleeing shooting in a neighborhood where fighting between two rival gangs in recent weeks has caused dozens of deaths and destroyed homes. Francisco Seriphin, general coordinator for the religious community group Kizito, said 315 people had taken refuge in the Saint-Louis de Gonzague school, which is in the Delmas district neighboring the violence-wracked Cite Soleil neighborhood.news.yahoo.com