Haitian Attorneys Hold TPS Clinics in Flatbush

HALANY President Ritha Pierre (left) and Rodney Pepe-Souvenir were just two of the many lawyers on hand during HALANY’s Temporary Protected Status renewal clinic held in Flatbush in June. (Photo courtesy of HALANY via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Back in May, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced that Temporary Protected Status for Haitians would be extended for only six months, terminating in January 2018. In response, the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York have held two renewal clinics in Flatbush, one in June and the other this past weekend at the Bethesda Baptist Church, reports Rob Abruzzese for Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The clinics pair Haitians in NY with Creole-speaking attorneys working pro bono who assist in TPS renewal.

Emmanuel Depas, a former president of HALANY, described the consequences of ending TPS.

“Termination of TPS means the destruction families right before our eyes,” Depas warned. “Parents will be separated from children, siblings will be separated. A crisis is impending. At a very minimum a housing crisis will surely ensue without the ability to work. Our president’s convictions have made lives of immigrants uncomfortable to say the least.”

The clinics might no longer be held, however, according to Depas. Find out why at Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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