Diaspora delegation's April 21, 2015 visit to State Department


Amb. Thomas C. Adams, Haiti special coordinator


Katleen Félix, president of Haitian Diaspora Federation, hands over letters to Ambassador Adams



Dr. Joseph Baptiste, past president of the federation, discussing letters



Monalisa Jean Ferrari of New York and Luckner Bayas of Boston


All together

Katleen Félix, Luckner Bayas, Joseph Baptiste, James Morrell, Ambassador Adams, Monalisa Ferrari


Pressing Hill and Administration for Meaningful Action


Letter of Haitian Diaspora Federation to the OAS

Lundi 16 mars 2015

hdf Monsieur le Secrétaire Général,

Nous, représentants de la Diaspora haïtienne, estimons urgent d'attirer votre attention sur la situation de plus en plus préoccupante des Haïtiens et des Dominicains d'origine haïtienne vivant en République Dominicaine.

Nous nous empressons d’attirer votre attention sur la Convention Américaine des Droits de l’Homme qui reprend et réaffirme un ensemble de droits de la personne humaine contenu dans la Charte des Nations Unies et d’autres instruments juridiques internationaux et nationaux, pour l’établissement desquels, les Fondateurs de la République d’Haïti et d’autresrévolutionnaires haïtiens s’étaient sacrifiés aux 18e et 19e siècles. Click here to continue)

Highlights of State Department Meeting

The delegation pressed for more U.S. action to ward off mass deportations in the Dominican Republic. In the letter signed by many Haitian-American leaders, further policy actions by the United States are recommended. The delegation asked Ambassador Adams about his recent trip with Assistant Secretary Thomas Shannon to the Dominican Republic.

Adams said that he did not foresee mass deportations on the deadline earlier set by the Dominicans, June 16.

Luckner Bayas suggested that the United States not speak of the restoration of citizenship of those born citizens of the Dominican Republic. Under international law, they had never lost their citizenship. It was not a question of restoring it, but rather protecting it against illegal assaults.

Adams said that the United States could not overturn supreme-court decisions in the Dominican Republic or other countries. But it could encourage the DR toward mutual action with the United States to carry out the international human-rights instruments both had signed years ago. It could facilitate bilateral communications and the contributions of international organizations such as the International Organization on Migration. The Shannon mission had done that and Adams believed cooler heads would prevail.

Press Release

April 23, 2015
The Haitian Diaspora Federation (HDF), under the leadership of our interim president Katleen Félix, joined a delegation of several other organizations and compatriots in Washington DC on April 20 and 21, 2015. On the first day, this group participated in the World Humanitarian Summit Diaspora Organizations Consultation. On the second day, members of the delegation met with various persons and entities on important issues such as the Denationalization crisis of Dominicans of Haitian descent. In addition to Ms. Katleen Félix who also represented the Haitian Hometown Associations Resource Group (HHTARG), the following individuals were present and represented their organizations:

  • Firmin Baker and Magalie Emile-Baker (Haitian Renewal Alliance (HRA) - DC
  • Dr. Joseph Baptiste, DDS (NOAH and Haitian Diaspora Federation) - DC
  • Luckner Bayas (Congrès des Ingénieurs, Architectes, Scientifiques et Technologues Haïtiens [CIASTH]) -- From Boston
  • Giles Charleston (Haitian Professional) – DC
  • Lionel Delatour (Haiti Democracy Project) – Haiti
  • Monalisa Jean Ferrari (Radio Tele Solidarite) – NY
  • Caleb E. Lucien (Hosean International Ministries) – Haiti

First day--World Humanitarian Summit. It is an initiative of the secretary-general of the UN which aims to bring together key world players in the field of humanitarian relief to commit to collaborate to provide much-needed services to those in need. This consultation is being organized in the United States in parallel with other consultations around the world in preparation for the first Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Istanbul in May 2016. In addition to the Haitian delegation, the Humanitarian Forum in UK, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Muslim Relief, and Relief International were present. The Haitian delegation raised the pressing crises of cholera in Haiti and the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic as priorities for this body.
“We are learning from each other and also from past experiences," said Katleen Félix. "All participants come from different regions but their experience as migrants is similar: we all want to support our country of origin during crisis and after. We need to build the capacity of diaspora organizations and be integrated in the network of humanitarian work, learn about the humanitarian principles and recognize diasporas as partners in economic development of the motherland before, during and post crisis."
Second day--State Department and Hill visits. On April 21 two delegates, Mona Lisa Ferrari and Luckner Bayas joined Katleen Félix to visit:

  • Robert Kennedy Center for Peace and Human Rights
  • Office of Representative John Conyers
  • State Department Special Coordinator for Haiti
  • Voice of America

At each stop, the delegation discussed the DR crisis and the need for a more aggressive position on the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent and the threatened mass deportation of both Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic. The meetings were very insightful and reflected a need for the Haitian Diaspora to avoid underestimating its importance in informing and shaping policies regarding these important humanitarian issues. Everyone pledged to follow up to build and sustain long-term collaboration.

About the Haitian Diaspora Federation

It is an organization that has been in existence since March 2010. It has raised its voice on behalf of the Diaspora regarding

  • The DR issue
  • Dual/Multi-Citizenship
  • Reintegration--the right of Haitians in the Diaspora to serve as ministers, deputies, senators and other national posts
  • Strengthening the Minister des Haitiens Vivant a L’Etranger
  • The right of Haitians in the Diaspora to vote

The HDF is made up of Haitian organizations from Europe, Jamaica, Illinois, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Canada, New York, New Jersey, etc.

The HDF takes this opportunity to appeal to all Haitian people especially those in the Diaspora to heighten their efforts to be organized as a strong force to counter the abuses our people suffer and to help to strengthen Haiti as the only long-term solution to our problems. You are all invited to join the Haitian Diaspora Federation and to participate in its elections on June 27, 2015 electronically or in person in Chicago. Please contact to join our efforts.


 Letter signatories
 Nom de l’organisation: Alliance SaintMartialoise
Nom du signataire: Kerlens TILUS
Ville (Pays): Central Islip, (USA)
Asosiyasyon Fanm Ayisyen nan Boston (AFAB)/ Association
of Haitian Women, Inc. (AfabKafanm)
Carline DESIRE
Boston (USA)
Association pour la Défense des Droits de L'homme et de la
Démocratie en Haïti et dans le Monde
Gérald BLONCOURT, président
Paris (France)
Centre Oecuménique des Droits Humains (CEDH)
Sylvie W. BAJEUX, directrice exécutive
PortauPrince (Haïti)
Collectif 4 décembre 2013
JeanRobert ARGANT, coordonnateur général
PortauPrince (Haïti)
Comité d'action contre la CT168.13 de la République
Frantz ANDRÉ, membre et coporte parole
Montréal, Québec (Canada)
Comité Mémoire 1937
Rachelle CHARLIER DOUCET, coordonnatrice
PortauPrince (Haïti)
Congrès des Ingénieurs, Architectes, Scientifiques et
Technologues Haïtiens (CIASTH)
Luckner BAYAS, PE
Washington, DC. (USA)
FANM Ayisyen Nan Myami
Marleine BASTIEN
Miami, Florida (USA)
Fédération Haïtienne de la Diaspora de l’Europe (FHDE)
Samuel COLLIN, président
Paris (France)
Foundation Zile
Santo Domingo (République Dominicaine)
Groupe d’Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés (GARR)
SaintPierre BEAUBRUN, coordonnateur
PortauPrince (Haïti)
Groupe de Réflexion et d’Action pour une
Haïti Nouvelle (GrahnMonde)
Samuel PIERRE, président
Montréal (Canada)
Haiti 2015
Ilio DURANDIS, fondateur
Boston, Massachusetts (ÉtatsUnis)
Haiti Democracy Project
Washington, DC (USA)
Haiti  Jamaica Society
Kingston (Jamaica)
Haitian American Grassroots Coalition (HAGC)
Miami (Floride)
Haitian American United (HAU)
Boston, MA (USA)
Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM)
Charlot LUCIEN
Boston, MA (USA)
Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti
Chicago, Il (USA)
Haitian Diaspora Advocacy Group
Wisconsin (USA)
Haitian Diaspora Federation (HDF)
Katleen FELIX
New Jersey (USA)
Mouvement d’Union de la Diaspora Haïtienne
pour Haïti (MUDHAH)
Edwin D'HAÏTI, président
Paris (France) et PortauPrince (Haïti)
N'ap Sove Ayiti (NAPSA)
Pierre JEANCLAUDE, coordonnateur de NAPSAVenezuela
Caracas (Venezuela)
National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP)
Indiana (USA)
Nom de l’organisation: National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians
Washington, DC. (USA)
Gepsie METELLUS, executive director
Miami, Florida (USA)
Annexe : Liste des membres de la Diaspora haïtienne qui soutiennent cette démarche
(personne physique)
Nom: Vivian BARBOT
Villes (Pays): Montréal, Québec (Canada)
Nom: Junia BARREAU
Villes (Pays): Montréal, Québec (Canada)
Villes (Pays): Montréal, Québec (Canada)
Nom: JeanClaude ICART
Villes (Pays): Montréal, Québec (Canada)
Nom: Thélyson ORÉLIEN
Villes (Pays): Montréal, Québec (Canada)
Nom: NicolasAlexandre TREMBLAY
Villes (Pays): Verdun, Québec (Canada)