Call the White House and Urge a Halt to Further Deportations to Haiti

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On January 20, 2011, the first plane of deportees since the earthquake arrived in Haiti. Just over a week later, we learned that Wildrick Guerrier, 34, one of the men deported, demonstrated cholera-like symptoms while in detention, where he received no medical treatment, and died shortly thereafter. This tragedy is a direct result of the United States’ decision to resume deportations to Haiti despite an ongoing humanitarian crisis on the ground, including a cholera epidemic sweeping through the country.

The Obama administration’s decision has already resulted in one death. No one else should receive this death sentence. Please call the White House now at 202-456-1111 to register your outrage at this decision and urge them to halt all further deportations.


In early January, CCR and our partners filed a Request for Precautionary Measures before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) asking them to instruct the U.S. to halt all plans for deportations of Haitians as they would violate basic human rights principles. We warned that Haitian deportees are detained in disease-ridden facilities with little if any food, water and medical care and the decision to deport them could be a death sentence. Tragically, with the death of Mr. Guerrier, our worst fear came true.

Last week, the IACHR granted our request for precautionary measures and urged the U.S. to suspend deportations of the five Haitians named in our request until Haiti is able to guarantee that detention conditions and access to medical care for persons in custody comply with applicable minimum standards and the US has in place procedures that take into account their right to family life and their family ties in the United States.  It is up to the Obama administration to do the right thing and comply with this IACHR directive and its underlying spirit by suspending all deportations to Haiti in light of the country's humanitarian crisis.

Your voice matters – please take a moment to call the White House now at 202-456-1111.