Feds charge former US Army Colonel with conspiracy, fraud in Boston-based bribery sting

A Haitian-American man from Maryland has been arrested and charged for bribery and fraud after an undercover FBI investigation into "certain Haitian-American businessmen who were offering to facilitate bribes to high-level officials in the Haitian government."

The US Attorney's Office in Massachusetts said that Joseph Baptiste, 64, was arrested and charged with conspiring to bribe senior officials in Haiti, and "to launder funds for that purpose, in connection with a planned $84 million port development project in that country." He is alleged to have solicited bribes from a pair of undercover FBI agents working in Boston.

Haitian-American woman assists families coping with TPS stress

Talissa Adrien recently joined the IIIC’s Immigration Legal Services (ILS) team as a Program Associate. Talissa is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and her language skills and cultural knowledge have been a fantastic addition to the IIIC team.

Talissa has been working with the IIIC since June, assisting Haitian clients as they reapply for Temporary Protected Status. Over this time period, the IIIC’s staff, attorneys, interns and volunteers have assisted over 200 Haitian families and submitted applications on behalf of 154 people.

Dental Students from Tufts and the University of Haiti Team-up to Promote Oral Health

In April, members of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Chapter of the Student National Dental Association participated in a global service-learning trip to Haiti. This trip was led by members of the National Dental Association’s (NDA) Global Oral Health Outreach Committee, which, is an American dental organization with a mission of promoting oral health equity among people of color. There were two main components to this trip.

Feds okay six-month extension for Haitians with 'protected status'

More than 58,000 Haitians living in the United States, including 4,700 in Massachusetts, will have their temporary immigration protections extended for six months, a timeframe some Bay State officials said Monday is not long enough.

Haitian nationals were granted temporary protected status in the United States after a 2010 earthquake, and public health conditions and infrastructure in Haiti have further worsened after destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew and a cholera epidemic.

Mattapan early ed. center pitches dual language Haitian Creole program

Parents of prospective students got a first look at the new K1 dual language Haitian Creole program at the Mattahunt school last Wednesday night.

The program, which would roll out with the opening of the new Mattapan Early Elementary School for the 2017/2018 school year, will consist of one class comprising 15 students whose first language is Haitian Creole and 10 students whose first language is English.

UN apologizes for Cholera spread, not for causing it

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized on Dec. 1 for the U.N. not doing enough to contain the spread of a cholera outbreak in Haiti, but he stopped short of apologizing for bringing the disease to the Caribbean nation.

Ban made his remarks in a speech announcing the U.N.'s new approach to cholera in Haiti, which seeks to provide aid to communities affected by the disease that has afflicted some 800,000 Haitians and killed over 9,000.

Moise says he's ready for tests facing Haiti's next leader

PORT-AU-PRINCE— Repeating their stance from last year's annulled election, Haitian voters appear to have reached outside the intrigue-heavy political class to pick a first-time candidate to steer the deeply divided country as president for the next five years.

Jovenel Moise, an entrepreneur who routinely sticks to an optimistic tone, said Tuesday that he is looking forward to the challenge of building consensus with lawmakers and helping fix a political culture perpetually at war with itself.

Dorcena Forry hosts first ‘Eyes on Haiti’ conversation; focus on cholera, storm aid

Saying “it is time we responsibly manage our investments in Haiti and make sure we work collaboratively towards greater accountability in dealing with relief efforts for a sustainable Haiti,” state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry hosted the first program in her conversation series titled “Eyes on Haiti” last Friday afternoon at the Massachusetts State House.

The discussion centered on the causes and effects of the widespread epidemic of cholera across Haiti and the status of relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s passage of destruction across the island earlier this month.

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