Highlighted Resources - Haitians

  1. Cuban and Haitian Entrants: Eligibility for ORR-Funded Benefits and Services (State Letter #10-03). Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) . 2010. English . http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/state-letter-10-03

    With the recent devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti, this letter explains the ORR-funded benefits and services that Haitian nationals might be eligible to receive if they are in the United States.

  2. Academic Language and Literacy Diagnostic (ALLD). New York City Department of Education page s . 2007. Albanian Arabic Bengali Chinese English French Haitian Creole Korean Polish Russian Spanish Urdu . http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/ELL/default.htm

    This diagnostic tool was designed to identify Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE).  The ALLD standardizes the SIFE identification process for children who speak English or Spanish as a home language.  Many refugee youth arriving to the United States may have missed or been forced to stop attending school in their home countries or while displaced abroad.  New York City public schools use this standardized diagnostic test to identify SIFE among new children entering the school system.

  3. Behind the Mountain. Danticat, Edwidge 166 page s . 2002. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    Narrates the personal and political events that force a young Haitian girl and her family to immigrate to New York City and describes the adjustment process to a new culture. Woven into the story is Haitian history, Christmas traditions, folk stories, and the oppressive practice of subjecting young girls to indentured service. The author writes the story based on her own migration from Haiti to America in the 1970s.

  4. Children in Haiti One Year After – The Long Road From Relief to Recovery. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 30 page s . January 2011. English . http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/files/Children_in_Haiti_-_One_Year_After_-_The_Long_Road_from_Relief_to_Recovery.pdf

    This report outlines the current situation of children still affected by the earthquake and the work of UNICEF on their behalf. 

  5. Children of Haiti. Hammond, Alexandria page s . 2011. English . http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/children-of-haiti/

    This film provides viewers with an up-close-and-personal look at Haiti's national epidemic of over 500,000 orphans, who were struggling even before the 2010 earthquake. In their own voices, three teenage street boys share stories of survival, pride, and hope on the harsh and unforgiving streets. This resource could offer helpful background information for service providers working with Haitian entrants.

  6. Cultural Competency, Haitian Immigrants, and Rural Sussex County, Delaware. Salisburg University . 2003. English . http://www.salisbury.edu/nursing/haitiancultcomp/begin.htm

    With a recent influx of Haitian immigrants to the area, this article explains the importance of cultural competency and how it can be achieved.

  7. Cultural Profiles Project. Citizenship and Immigration Canada page s . English French . http://www.ureachtoronto.com/content/cultural-profiles

    Each cultural profile provides an overview of life and customs in the profiled country. While the profile provides insight into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life, and the customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from the profiled country.(Description from source)

  8. English-Haitian Creole Phrasebook with Useful Wordlist. Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR) 143 page s . 1994. Creole English Haitian Creole . http://www.culturalorientation.net/resources-for-refugees/phrasebooks/english-haitian-creole-phrasebook

    The English phrases in this book are grouped by subject and have been selected for their directness, brevity, and relevance to the needs of newly arrived residents of the United States. Vocabulary covers a wide range of situations and serves to introduce new residents to the daily activities of American life.

  9. Restoring Family Links. International Committee of the Red Cross page s . 2010. Arabic Creole English French Haitian Creole Spanish . http://www.familylinks.icrc.org/familylinks http://www.redcross.org/reconnectingfamilies http://www.restoringfamilylinksblog.com

    The aim of this website is to help those separated by conflict or disaster to find information about their loved ones in order to restore contact. this site may be particularly useful to those seeking to restore contact with family members after the earthquake in Haiti.

  10. Haitian Immigrants in the United States. Terrazas, Aaron . January 2010. English . http://www.migrationinformation.org/USfocus/display.cfm?id=770#top

    This article explores demographic information such as population, status, location, gender, socioeconomic conditions, employment and education. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, this article may serve as a quick source of background information on the population.

  11. Haitian Refugees in the U.S.. Stepick, Alex , Swartz, Dale Frederick 20 page s . 1986. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    Describes the issues surrounding Haitian immigration and the U.S. government's historical resistance to admit Haitians as political refugees. While the U.S. has argued that the majority of the Haitian "boat people" are seeking only greater economic opportunities, Haitian advocates contended that these people are fleeing political persecution. In addition, advocates believed that the boat people deserved a full and fair hearing on their claims for political asylum. This reports covers: (1) the history of Haiti, including its renown as the richest colony in the world, the development of a rigidly stratified society along the lines of race, early political achievements undermined by foreign interventions, U.S. occupation, the Duvalier era and Haiti's descent into political, economical, and social turmoil, and human rights violations; (2) the Haitian Diaspora, including emigration to the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and the U.S.; (3) the Haitian impact on South Florida; (4) the U.S. refugee policywith regard to Haitians compared to refugees from other countries; and (5) prospects for rebuilding Haiti as well as easing restrictions on Haitian immigration.

  12. Knowing My Rules for Safety: Multilingual Child Safety and Prevention Tips. National Center Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) 39 page s . November 1999. Albanian Amharic Arabic Armenian Bulgarian Chinese Czech Danish English Farsi French German Haitian Creole Hmong Hungarian Italian Japanese Khmer Lao Pashto Portuguese Romanian Russian Slovak Somali Spanish Tigrigna Ukrainian Vietnamese This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    As a nation we are experiencing a new wave of immigration from people in many different countries. And many of these immigrants and refugees are children. They come to a nation and culture which is markedly different and where they face unique and difficult risks. Many of these children come from cultures in which there may be a reluctance to seek help from authorities and where problems are addressed within the family. Thus many of these children may lack the knowledge or tools to recognize or cope with people who prey on children or target children for sexual exploitation or victimization. Thus it is vital that we reach out to offer information and assistance. The child safety and protection information included in this booklet is presented in 30 different languages.

  13. Language Services & Special Education: New York City. Advocates for Children of New York 2 page s . 2009. Arabic Bengali Chinese English Haitian Creole Korean Russian Spanish Urdu . http://www.nylpi.org/images/FE/chain234siteType8/site203/client/Language%20Rights%20Fact%20Sheet%20-%20English.pdf

    Translated into dozens of languages, this brief pamphlet provides an overview of immigrant parents and students' rights to language services and special education. This handout lists all of the school documents which parents have a right to receive in their primary language along with all of the school situations in which parents are entitled to interpretations services. 

  14. Teenage Refugees from Haiti Speak Out. Tekavec, Valerie (comp.) 64 page s . 1995. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    Describes the challenges, surprises, and achievements of immigration from the point of view of young refugees from Haiti. Part of a series of books aimed at young people, this volume contains the personal stories of 9 Haitian adolescent girls and boys whose families came to, or sent them to, the United States or Canada to escape a country filled with terror, corruption, and exploitation. In their own voices, these refugees relate experiences that encompass: dangerous journeys on rickety boats and facing the risk of being deported back to Haiti; the difficulties of life in a refugee camp; personal and cultural losses and subsequent adjustment; and mixed feelings about returning to their homeland. A comprehensive introduction to the book supplies the necessary context in which to place the teenagers' narratives and provides background information about Haiti's history of oppressive rule, including the slave trade in the 1700's, military occupation by the United States in the early 1900's, and the corrupt and bloody regime of François ("Papa Doc") and Jean-Claude ("Baby Doc") Duvalier, whose private militia, the tonton macoutes, carried out random acts of violence. Also includes photographs, glossary, index, and suggestions for further reading.

  15. The Haitians: Their History and Culture. Civan, Michele Burtoff , Vilsaint, Fequiere , Morisset-Metellus, Gepsie 34 page s . 1994. English . http://www.culturalorientation.net/library/publications/haitians-culture-profile

    Provides a detailed introduction to the people, history, and culture of Haiti for community service providers and others assisting refugees in the United States. While Haitians have been arriving in the U.S. and contributing to American history since the 1770s, recent immigration has been associated with subsequent waves of repression within Haiti, starting in 1957 with Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier's rise to power. Terror has been an almost constant fact of life in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. While Haitian communities in the U.S., particularly in South Florida, Boston, and New York, have made economic progress and have overcome immigration barriers, they still face cultural misunderstandings and stereotyping. Chapters describe (1) the geography and climate of Haiti; (2) the ethnic characteristics of the Haitian population; (3) Haiti's history, including the colonial era, independence and social divisions, occupation by the United States, the Duvalier family dictatorships,and the promising and then rocky presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the rebuilding of Haiti; (4) education and reform; (5) language and literacy, including the central role of Creole; (6) the health care crisis; (7) family life and religion; (8) arts and cultural values; and (9) the impoverished economy.

  16. USCRI Healthy Living Toolkit. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) page s . 2008. Amharic Arabic Bosnian Burmese English Farsi French Haitian Creole Hmong Karen Kirundi Nepali Oromo Russian Somali Spanish Swahili Vietnamese . http://refugees.org/research-reports/

    The USCRI Healthy Living Toolkit is designed to educate refugees and immigrants to become proactive health consumers and promoters in their communities.  The toolkit presents material in a culturally appropriate manner and is intended to help health care-related professionals more effectively assist refugees and immigrants and reduce the health disparities among these populations (Description from source).

    Topics include: Communicable Diseases, Domestic Violence, Environmental Health, Health Care, Hygiene, Maternal and Child Health, Mental Health, Nutrition Related Diseases, Respiratory Diseases, and Women's Health.

  17. Adjusting to Life in the United States: Therapy with Haitian Immigrant Women. Nicolas, Guerda , Smith, Lauren 12 page s . June 27, 2013. English . http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02703149.2013.797850?src=recsys

     This article examines the relationship between acculturative stress and depressive symptoms among Haitian immigrant generation women in the United States. Using a sample of 79 Haiti-born women, this article explores the use of measures of acculturative stress and depressive symptoms with this population. (Description from source)