Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York, Inc.

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  • October 01, 2021 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There is a Partnership between National Bar Association (including Haitian American Lawyers Associations across the country) with Haitian Bridge Alliance.

    Haitian Bridge Alliance, has partnered with the National Bar Association  to streamline the process and increase capacity to provide legal service to migrants at the Texas border. The conditions of the agreement are as follows.  We are looking for attorneys to take on cases Probono if you are interest in participating please fill out this form by clicking here and email us at halaofny@gmail.com. If you are a law student, or an attorney and interested in joining HALANY Immigration efforts please email us at halaofny@gmail.com. If you know any migrant that is seeking legal advice, please have them fill this form by clicking here.

    Click on here for Legal Resources for the Haitian Border Crisis.

    Best, 

    HALANY 



  • September 26, 2021 9:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join HALANY  Host its  First TPS Clinic Of The Year on October 23, 2021. 

    Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a little-known program that offers a temporary legal status to certain immigrants in the United States who cannot return to their country of origin due to ongoing armed conflict, natural disaster, or other extraordinary reasons. On May 22, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti for 18 months. 

    We will be hosting a FREE clinic to aid people who will be in need of assistance in filling out the TPS application. If you have any questions, please email us at HALAOFNY@GMAIL.COM.


    TPS Clinic

    Date October 23,2021

    Time: 2:00pm. 

    Location: Lifeline Gospel Ministries International Incorporated

    1010 Rutland Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11212. 


    We are looking for volunteers. You do not need to be an attorney to volunteer. If you are interested in helping out with our TPS Clinic please fill out this form.


  • September 14, 2021 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Haitian Lawyers Association of New York cordially invites you to apply to be our 2022 Scholarship Recipient. The scholarship will be awarded at our Induction Ceremony a to be held in the beginning of the year in 2022. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is by 5:00pm on October 22, 2021. 

     CLICK HERE TO APPL

    It is our mission to promote the advancement of Haitian people in the legal and judicial field, as well as serve the Haitian community of New York by providing critical information, advocacy, resources and opportunities to get involved and give back to the Haitian community.

    We urge you to join in this mission by becoming a member of HALA-NY or renewing your membership today: www.halany.org/join

    For more information please contact halanyscholarship@gmail.com 


  • July 30, 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Designation Allows Eligible Haitians Who Resided in the U.S. as of July 29 to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents 

    WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today posted for public inspection a Federal Register notice that provides information about how to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas previously announced this 18-month designation of Haiti for TPS on May 22. 

    The registration process will open next week when the FRN is published. All individuals who want to request TPS under this designation for Haiti must file an application.  

    This includes approximately 55,000 current TPS Haiti beneficiaries, whose TPS-related documentation is automatically extended at least through Oct. 4, 2021, in compliance with court orders. These individuals must file a new application for TPS under this designation to ensure they retain their status.  

    This designation of Haiti for TPS also enables an estimated 100,000 additional individuals to file initial applications for TPS, if otherwise eligible. To be eligible for TPS under this designation, individuals must demonstrate that they have continuously resided in the United States since July 29, 2021. In light of recent events in Haiti, including the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, Secretary Mayorkas has modified this date from what was previously announced. Individuals who attempt to travel to the U.S. after July 29, 2021, will not be eligible for TPS and may be subject to expulsion or removal.

    Individuals applying for Haiti TPS must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, during the 18-month initial registration period that runs from Aug. 3, 2021, through Feb. 3, 2023. Haiti TPS applicants are eligible to file Form I-821 online. When filing a TPS application, applicants can also request an Employment Authorization Document by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with their Form I-821. Applicants may also submit Form I-765 online.  

    For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on TwitterInstagramYouTubeFacebook and LinkedIn



  • July 27, 2021 5:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From left Council Member Farah N Louis, Sen. Brian Benjamin, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Rev. Al Sharpton, Attorney General Letitia James.

    Little Haiti BK, in partnership with the Office the Brooklyn Borough President, Haitian-American community organizations and the National Action Network, held a prayer vigil for Haiti on Sunday at Newkirk Avenue, between Nostrand Avenue and East 29th Street in Brooklyn.

    The community-led event provided an outlet for New York-based Haitian-Americans and allies to unite in prayer for the people of Haiti in the wake of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

    Brooklyn is regarded as home to the second-largest population of Haitian-Americans in the United States after Miami.

    The people of Haiti have faced heightened political instability, food insecurity and turmoil following Moïse’s assassination on July 7.

    Attendees included Rep. Yvette Clarke; New York Attorney General Letitia James; Mayor Bill de Blasio; Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; Sen. Brian Benjamin; Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn; Council Members Farah N. Louis and Helen Rosenthal; Democratic nominee for Council District 40 Rita Joseph; and District Leaders Josue Pierre and Edu Hermelyn.

    Attendees included Rep. Yvette Clarke; New York Attorney General Letitia James; Mayor Bill de Blasio; Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; Sen. Brian Benjamin; Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn; Council Members Farah N. Louis and Helen Rosenthal; Democratic nominee for Council District 40 Rita Joseph; and District Leaders Josue Pierre and Edu Hermelyn.

    Others were: Eudson Tyson Francois, a member of the Spring Valley Board of Trustees; Sabrina Charles Pierre, Vice-President of the East Ramapo School Board; and prominent Hatian-American community organizations, including Little Haiti BK, Inc. and the Haitian-American Law Enforcement Fraternal Organization (HALEFO).

    “We mourn with our Haitian community over the tragic events that have unfolded in Haiti in recent weeks,” Adams said. “Our Haitian community contributes immeasurably to our shared social, economic and civic life in Brooklyn and beyond, and it is critical that we stand in solidarity with them during this difficult time.

    “I thank all the Haitian community leaders and community groups who organized this vigil in Brooklyn’s own Little Haiti,” he added.

    Rev. Sharpton, civil rights leader and president and founder of National Action Network, who was the keynote speaker, said: “In times of struggle, we all need to support one another.

    “The National Action Network stands in solidarity with the Haitian-American community through this tumultuous time, because none of us can thrive until everyone can,” he said. “We are hosting this prayer vigil to stand with our Haitian-American brothers and sisters, shed light on this scourge on Haiti and encourage other communities to get involved in this time of crisis.”

    Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn addresses prayer vigil.\

    Bichotte Hermelyn, the Haitian American chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, said: “I want to thank my colleagues for joining me in calling on President Joe Biden to make sure they do not deport Haitians living in the US and that they focus not on international intervention but on humanitarian efforts like providing food, vaccinations and resources to ensure Haiti can move forward graciously with fair and free elections.”

    Louis, another daughter of Haitian Americans, who represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, said: “The Haitian-American community in New York City stands in support of Haiti during this difficult and tragic time.

    “With so many of our friends and family in Haiti suffering right now, we pray for the nation’s quick recovery and repeat our calls for President Biden and the United States to help in the form of humanitarian aid and additional COVID-19 vaccine doses,” she said, adding that the vigil was “an expression of our deep solidarity with the Haitian people, as well as our hopes and prayers for a better future for them.”

    “The people of Haiti need our prayers and support during this difficult time,” said Jackson Rockingster, chair of Little Haiti BK, Inc. and president of the Haitian American Business Network (HABNET).

    “In Little Haiti, Brooklyn, the atmosphere is tense with fear for our loved ones abroad,” he said. “Everyone here knows someone in Haiti who is struggling through these tumultuous times. The vigil was a way for us to express solidarity for the people of Haiti and come together with our neighbors to pray for stability in Haiti and hope for the nation’s future.”

    Organizations sponsoring and supporting the event included: Association des Ingénieurs Haïtiens et Américains (ADIHA); Association Médicale Haïtiennes à L’etranger (AMHE); CUNY Haitian Studies Institute; Diaspora Community Services; Foundation for the Emancipation of Women and Girls; FS Nostrand Merchant Association; Haitian-American Alliance of New York, Inc. (HAA); Haitian American Business Network (HABNET); Haitian American Caucus (HAC); Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY); and Haitian-American Law Enforcement Fraternal Organization (HALEFO).

    Others were: Haitian-American Nurses Association of Greater New York; Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP); Haitian Clergy Association; Haitian-American Community Coalition (HCC); Haitian Round Table (HRT); Le MoJo Show; Life of Hope (LOH); Little Haiti BK, Inc.’ National Action Network; National Action Network Youth Huddle; Society of Haitian Administrators and Supervisors; and Society for Haitian Research (SHR).

    Source: caribbeanlifenews.com/prayer-vigil-for-haiti-in-brooklyn/

  • July 27, 2021 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Local leaders and activists came together on Sunday in Brooklyn to stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti in a time of turmoil following the recent assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

    On Newkirk Avenue between Nostrand Avenue and East 29th Street, a ‘Pray for Haiti’ vigil was held. The vigil was sponsored by Little Haiti BK, the Mayor’s Office, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Haitian-American community organizations, and the National Action Network.

    Eric Adams said, “We grieve with our Haitian community over the tragic events that have taken place in Haiti in recent weeks. Our Haitian community is immeasurably contributing to our shared social, economic, and civic life in Brooklyn and beyond, and it is vital that we show solidarity with them during this difficult time.”

    “Our Haitian-American community in New York have a shared goal: That is to see peace and unity in Haiti. We all share a cultural background and have friends, relatives, and loved ones living abroad, and we all wish for peace for the country,” said Sherbune Paul, Esq, president of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York.

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  • July 25, 2021 7:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Activists and local leaders came together in Brooklyn on Sunday to stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti in a time of turmoil.

    The group held a prayer vigil in the Little Haiti neighborhood.

    Activists also called on the Biden administration to stop deporting individuals to Haiti and to pass a comprehensive immigration bill.

    They’re offering messages of unity and support weeks after Haiti’s president was assassinated.

    New York Attorney General Letitia James said the United States must provide Haiti with humanitarian relief and relieve them of debt.

    “We’ve come together to extend healing hands to let Haiti know that we are here, and that we will urge our government and that we will come together and provide them assistance,” she said.

    “I hope that this vigil gives us a sense of unity, a sense of healing,” Rev. Al Sharpton said.

    Source: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/07/25/brooklyn-prayer-vigil-haiti/

  • July 25, 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A prayer vigil for Haiti was held on Sunday afternoon at Newkirk Avenue between Nostrand Avenue and East 29th Street, sponsored by Little Haiti BK, the Office of the Borough President, Haitian-American community organizations and the National Action Network.

    The people of Haiti have faced political instability, food insecurity and turmoil following the assassination of the country’s president, Jovenel Moise, on July 7. 

    Elected officials including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and representatives of prominent Hatian-American community organizations, including Little Haiti BK, Inc., the Haitian-American Law Enforcement Fraternal Organization and more, appeared in support of the people of Haiti and the New York Haitian-American community. 

    “We mourn with our Haitian community over the tragic events that have unfolded in Haiti in recent weeks. Our Haitian community contributes immeasurably to our shared social, economic, and civic life in Brooklyn and beyond, and it is critical that we stand in solidarity with them during this difficult time,” said Borough President Eric Adams.

    “The people of Haiti need our prayers and support during this difficult time,” said Jackson Rockingster, chair of Little Haiti BK and president of the Haitian American Business Network (HABNET). “In Little Haiti, Brooklyn, the atmosphere is tense with fear for our loved ones abroad. Everyone here knows someone in Haiti who is struggling through these tumultuous times.”

    “As essential workers, we know the struggles the people of Haiti face,” said Dr. Kelynne J. Oristel, president of the Haitian American Nurses Alliance (HANA). “Many of our members lived, worked or were trained in Haiti as medical professionals. Residents of Haiti relied on our support following the devastating earthquake in 2010. Unfortunately, hardships are continuing.” 

    Sherbune Paul, Esq, president of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York, emphasized the need for the community to come together, saying “Our Haitian-American community in New York have a shared goal: That is to see peace and unity in Haiti. We all share a cultural background and have friends, relatives and loved ones living abroad, and we all wish for peace for the country.” 

    “In times of struggle, we all need to support one another. The National Action Network stands in solidarity with the Haitian-American community through this tumultuous time because none of us can thrive until everyone can. We are hosting this prayer vigil to stand with our Haitian-American brothers and sisters, shed light on this scourge on Haiti and encourage other communities to get involved in this time of crisis,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network.

    “The ‘Pray for Haiti’ vigil encourages the community to come together. As scripture tells us, ‘Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.’” Rev. Dr. Samuel Nicolas, president of the Haitian Clergy Association, said. 

     

    Little Haiti Bk, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to preserve, harness, showcase and celebrate the academic, civic, commercial, health, religious and other socio-cultural institutions of people of Haitian ancestry within the boundaries of Little Haiti Bk. 

    Little Haiti was designated as a cultural and business district by the NYC Council in 2018. Little Haiti encompasses East 16th Street to Brooklyn Avenue, and Parkside Avenue to Avenue H.

    Source: 

    https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2021/07/25/brooklyns-little-haiti-pays-homage-with-local-prayer-vigil/

  • July 23, 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Little Haiti BK, in partnership with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Haitian-American community organizations and the National Action Network will hold a prayer vigil for Haiti on Sunday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m., at Newkirk Avenue between Nostrand and E. 29th Street in Brooklyn, New York.

    The vigil is a community-led event, providing an outlet for New York-based Haitian-Americans and allies to unite in prayer for the people of Haiti. Brooklyn is home to the second-largest population of Haitian-Americans in the United States.

    The people of Haiti have faced political instability, food insecurity and turmoil following the assassination of the country’s president on July 7.

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  • July 07, 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Statement by Haitian American Lawyers Association President Sherbune Paul on the Assassination of President Jovenel Moïse


    This morning we learned that President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at his private residence in Pèlerin, Port-au-Prince, yesterday evening. His beloved wife, First Lady Martine Moïse was also critically injured during the horrific attack and hospitalized. As of now, the perpetrators of this terrible act are unknown. In the wake of this tragedy, I pray for the Moïse Family and I ask that you take a moment of silence in their honor today.


    As Haiti continues to grapple with political instability and violence, I am committed, now more than ever, to work towards a better tomorrow for Haitians living in Haiti, America and abroad. Always remember, l’union fait la force, unity is what makes us strong. We are a resilient people and we will persevere. My sincere hope is for Haiti to rebuild and form a strong government that is able to provide peace, stability and prosperity to Haitian people. Until then, we will continue to amplify Haitian voices in the legal field and advocate for a better tomorrow for Haitians everywhere.


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