Miami-Dade County—parts of which I am fortunate to represent in Congress—is home to the largest Haitian-American population in the United States, and I am proud to call Haitian-Americans my friends, my constituents, and, yes, my family.
This made the events of January 2013 particularly heart-wrenching for me. Approximately 293,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, leaving 1.5 million people in insecure living situations including camps with high levels of violence. Nearly 80 percent of the schools in Port-au-Prince were rendered unusable, leaving young people with limited opportunity and no place to spend their days. Almost 25 percent of civil servants in Port-au-Prince were killed, leaving the nation with a staggering need for government capacity including judicial officers and police.
Haiti is a top priority for me in Congress. I have been a tireless advocate to ensure the continuation of post-earthquake Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants until 2013. With support from more than a dozen Members of the US Congress, I developed a resolution calling on the US Government, the Government of Haiti, and others in the international community to take specific steps to reduce the incidence of gender-based violence in Haiti.
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Monday May 20, 2013
In commemoration of Haitian Heritage Month, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) announced new legislation to establish the month of May as Haitian Heritage Month. H. Res. 224 declares May a time to recognize the history, culture, and achievements of th
CONGRESSWOMAN FREDERICA WILSON HONORS 102-YEAR-OLD NORTH MIAMI WOMAN SELECTED AS A GUEST OF MICHELLE OBAMA AT STATE OF THE UNIONWednesday February 13, 2013
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL) honored North Miami resident Desiline Victor with a Congressional Proclamation, Tuesday, night, following President Obama's State of the Union Address.
Wednesday February 06, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL) led 15 follow Members of Congress in introducing a resolution calling for specific actions to stop the emergency of gender-based violence in Haiti.