Historical ‘Anti-Haitianism’ and the Rulings of the Dominican Constitutional Court

By Scott Freeman, Visiting Scholar

The Constitutional Court decision made by the Dominican Republic two weeks ago is the most recent of the ongoing rulings that affect Haitian citizenship in the country (Reuters, BBC). The law stipulates that individuals of foreign descent born after 1929, the vast majority of whom are Haitian, could have their Dominican citizenship revoked. Such denationalization comes with heavy prices: schooling, voting privileges, social services, and health provision all hang in the balance for hundreds of thousands of Haitian descended Dominicans. Advocacy groups and scholars, as well as multilateral organizations (Unicef, Amnesty International) have vocalized and mobilized opposition to the ruling. Continue reading

“Focus on Haiti” Fall Event

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Humanitarian Aid Accountability: Expectations and Realities in Haiti

 A panel discussion featuring:

 Mark Schuller, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development

at Northern Illinois University

Michael N. Barnett, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science

 at the George Washington University

Thomas C. Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator

at the US Department of State

who will discuss the politics of humanitarian aid in the United States by contextualizing aid to Haiti. Continue reading