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 in response to the earthquake in Haiti:
“Throughout its history, Haiti has had to endure a disproportionate share of natural disasters, the worst of which was the 2010 earthquake that killed nearly 300,000 people. Just two years ago, the island nation was struck by Hurricane Matthew, which killed 600 people and caused catastrophic damage to its infrastructure and the agriculture industry that so many people depend on for work and to feed their families.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement following a ruling to block the Trump administration’s effort to terminate Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan:
Miami, FL – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement in response to the unrest in Haiti:
More than 100 members of Congress are sounding the alarm over Haiti's deadly cholera epidemic and the victims of the waterborne disease who are still awaiting compensation from the United Nations.
Cholera, which was non-existent in Haiti for at least a century until it was introduced to the country eight years ago by U.N. peacekeepers, has killed 10,000 Haitians and sickened about 800,000 since the initial outbreak after Haiti's 2010 earthquake.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement to acknowledge Haitian Flag Day:
“On this day in 1803, Haitian Revolution leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines and his goddaughter Catherine Flon created Haiti’s first flag. The small island nation made history for staging the only successful slave revolt on the Western Hemisphere. Each year on May 18, we celebrate Haitian Flag Day by honoring Haitian culture and applauding the countless contributions Haitians make to the United States.