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 2010 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.
More on Haiti
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement on the passing of former President René Préval:
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement on the seventh anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010:
“January 12, 2010, is a day that Haiti and the world will never forget. It is indelibly etched in our hearts and minds as the day when Haiti faced one of the worst natural disasters in history with courage, unity, and resolve.
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement in Response to
the U.N.’s Apology for Haiti’s 2010 Cholera Epidemic
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement on Haiti’s upcoming presidential and legislative elections:
“I applaud Haiti’s citizens for finding the strength to set their struggles aside and wish them the best as they pursue the Herculean task of conducting an election in the aftermath of the hurricane. The sooner a new government is in place, the quicker Haiti will be able to recover from the various natural disasters it has faced and begin to grow and thrive.”
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, joined by Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), John Conyers (D-Michigan), Maxine Waters (D-California), Barbara Lee (D-California), and Yvette Clark (D-New York), on Wednesday, November 16, served as honorary co-hosts of a briefing on USAID-led efforts to help Haiti recover from the extensive damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew.