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Nov 19, 2012

Some young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children will become eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at public universities and community colleges in Massachusetts as part of a new federal program put in place over the summer by Presiden

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Nov 16, 2012

André AugusteAndré AugusteAndré Auguste, a businessman and the patriarch of the Auguste family of Grand Goave, Haiti, died on Sept. 2 at 88. Auguste, who owned the Yvanhoe Shoe Shop on Morton Street in Dorchester, passed away at the Westacres Nursing Home in Brockton, Massachusetts.

Born in Port-au-Prince on August 24, 1924, Andre was the oldest of five sons of Francois Auguste of Grand Goave and Felicine Desir of Jacmel.  Andre left school and went to work at an early age to support his four brothers, Jean-Felixtene, Esmangat, Gerard and Edner after the passing of his father and an illness that disabled his mother.

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Nov 14, 2012

Taxis in BostonTaxis in Boston

After two years driving a taxi, Yogesh Sagar has decided to seek justice.

“On a typical weekday, I might bring in $150 in fares, but with all the fees the cab company collects, there might be $40 left,” said Sagar, 58. So after weighing the risks, Sagar has volunteered to be lead plaintiff in a new lawsuit filed last month in Middlesex Superior Court against Ambassador Brattle Taxi of Cambridge.

The suit is the latest in a series of actions filed by Boston attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan on behalf of taxi drivers. Liss-Riordan is suing Boston Cab, the Independent Taxi Operators Association and other large fleet owners as well as the City of Boston for practices she contends violate Massachusetts employment law.

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Nov 2, 2012

Human Rights Attorney Mario Joseph of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux discusses his work to rebuild the Haitian justice system in the above video, which is part of a video series sponsored by the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. Joseph has been the subject of intimidation and threats recently because of his work.

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Oct 17, 2012

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 17, 2012….Flights into Logan International Airport arrive from all over the world, but according to two complaints, a company hired to clean some airplanes took a hard line against workers speaking Haitian Creole.

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Oct 9, 2012

PORT-AU-PRINCE— A prominent Haitian lawyer and his law firm say he's being persecuted for work that is politically at odds with the government of President Michel Martelly. Attorney Mario Joseph says he has been subjected to an escalating series of menacing phone calls, harassment and intimidation over the past year.

Joseph has worked closely with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, a non-profit organization located in South Boston.

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Oct 2, 2012

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AP)— Several thousand people poured into the streets of Haiti's capital on Sunday to protest the government of President Michel Martelly.

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Oct 1, 2012

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said today that it has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians for an additional 18 months, the second such extension made since the program went into effect in the days following the Jan.

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Sep 24, 2012

Fr. Bill Joy celebrates 40 years as priestFr. Bill Joy celebrates 40 years as priestFr. Bill Joy, pastor of St. Angela and St. Matthew parishes celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for 40 years of being a priest on Sept. 16 at St. Angela's and this past Sunday at St. Matthew's. His sister, Grace and her husband Tom Reynolds attended. Both Fr. Joy and his sister grew up in St. Matthew's and attended the parish grammar school. Photo by Patrick O'Connor

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Sep 24, 2012

State and city officials, community leaders and residents gathered at the Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library for the fifth in a series of Mattapan Breakfast Series meetings on Tuesday morning. Hosted by state Rep.

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Sep 20, 2012

The year is 2000 and several members of AFAB, the Association of Haitian Women in Boston, are on-air at a local radio station, talking about domestic violence. The women encourage listeners of the Haitian program to participate in an upcoming domestic violence prevention forum organized by AFAB and several other groups.

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Sep 10, 2012

PORT-AU-PRINCE— (AP) The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti says it has seen a "slight rise'' in the number of cholera cases following the recent passage of Tropical Storm Isaac.

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Aug 24, 2012

DrDr. Azzie Young: Mattapan Community Health Center's longtime leader shown on the fourth floor balcony on the new facility in Mattapan Sq. Photo by Bill ForryDr. Azzie Young: Mattapan Community Health Center's longtime leader shown on the fourth floor balcony on the new facility in Mattapan Sq. Photo by Bill Forry. Azzie Young is one happy community health center president.

She can see for miles from her corner suite on a third floor perch atop 1575 Blue Hill Avenue. It’s a whole new perspective on the neighborhood from up here— and it’s one she’ll share with all of her employees, who can now enjoy lunch or morning coffee on the adjacent outdoor patio that on a clear day like today offers sweeping views of the Blue Hills, the steeples of Mattapan and, with a peek over the side, the bustling square below.

It’s a view —and a vision — that’s been a long time in the making.

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Aug 24, 2012

Urban College of Boston brings its “Child Growth & Development” course to Mattapan this fall.

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Aug 13, 2012

Summer session: Engligh High-based program is mainly composed of Haitian-Americans. Photo by Davidson LouissaintSummer session: Engligh High-based program is mainly composed of Haitian-Americans. Photo by Davidson Louissaint

Superintendent Carol Johnson deserves credit for once again collaborating with a Haitian-American non-profit to provide innovative summer programming this summer.

Boston Public Schools teamed up with Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YOFES) to run a very successful Youth Builders program this summer based at English High School. The 12 year-old program provides much-needed enrichment activities and remedial support to a predominantly Haitian and Haitian-American student population.

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Jul 17, 2012

A new film that documents mental health issues facing new Haitian immigrants and their families in the United States will premiere at a free screening on Sunday, Aug. 12 at UMass-Boston's Lipke Auditorium.

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Jul 16, 2012

Pastor Michel Louis: Shown after his release on Monday. AP photoPastor Michel Louis: Shown after his release on Monday. AP photoSenator John Kerry has confirmed that Pastor Michel Louis and a fellow Massachusetts tourist, Lissa Alphonse, have been released from captivity after spening the last several days as hostages in Egypt. The two were traveling with other tourists on their way to Mount Sinai when their bus was stopped and, along with their tour guide, they were kidnapped on Friday.

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Jul 10, 2012

In amending the budget to strike out a requirement that registered vehicle owners provide proof of “legal residence,” Gov. Deval Patrick on Sunday reaffirmed his commitment to keep state offices out of immigration enforcement.

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Jul 9, 2012

PORT-AU-PRINCE— Two Americans locked up for almost two months in a Haitian prison for their alleged roles in a pro-army demonstration were released on July 6.

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Jun 25, 2012

The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation today announced $491,000 in grants to organizations involved in the reconstruction of post-earthquake Haiti. This is the fourth round of grants issued by the Boston-based philanthropy, which began after the Jan.

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