Haitian Deportees are Human Beings - Life Matters!



All Photo and Video - Courtesy of Jacob Kushner.

Deportee Being fingerprinted

Deportees in Line

Truckload of Haitian Deportees deported From the Dominican Republic

Woman Deportee mutilated body

Deportee enchained

Deportee being unloaded from plane

Deportee being unshackled

Deportees behind bars

Stuffed unsanitary Prison toilet

Deported Haitian women

Deportees on arrival in Haiti


Welcome Home Haitian Deportees!
Welcome to our humane world!
Fear no more!



Remember those hundreds of brave Haitian men and women Deportees who have lost their lives after being deported to Haiti.


(Photo by Jacob Kushner.)

It has been reported that in 1984, the U.N. Convention against torture had passed a law that forbids governments from deporting people to countries where they might be subject to undergo severe pain or suffering , but, as well as can be observed, and as far as Haiti is concerned in particular, that law has been ignored, as many Haitians Deportees find themselves being deported, after having been found guilty of a crime, and served their time in jail. Those unfortunate Haitians are routinely rounded up, and sent back to Haiti, UN convention Law or not, to continue to expunge their time, and to face yet, an uncertain future.

When they arrive in Haiti, Haitian Deportees are routinely thrown in jail, even though Haiti’s courts had recently ruled that the practice is illegal. The Haitian Deportees, upon arrival, are turned over to police station holding cells that are unhealthy, and grossly congested. If the Deportee does not have a family member, sibling or friend to sign them out of prison, they are most likely thrown into the general population, to rot their time with serious offenders. Given the shortage of food, water, medical or mental health care or due process, some of the Deportees simply end their lives, mostly by hanging.

At the very least, the effects of imprisonment for the Haitian Deportee in Haiti are very painful, and they often suffer long-term consequences from having been subjected to permanent abuses while incarcerated in the clearly dangerous, overcrowded and unhealthy prisons.

Such a dramatic turn of event upon their lives does explain why, that upon their release, they are left with psychological disorders and with a diminished sense of self-worth and personal value as a result.

Given the lack of mental health care for the seriously mentally ill Haitian Deportee, many of those Deportees are incapable of understanding their condition, especially where they begin to refuse taking their medication which often cause them to become hostile and displaying aggressive behaviors that are not conducive to their personal safety and to those around them.

Having recognized the need to extend a lifeline to these unfortunate Haitians; thus was born The Society of Haitian Diaspora Deportees.

Haitian Diaspora Deportees Population:

To date, there are more than 35,622 Haitian Diaspora Deportees living in Haiti and of which, most of their existence is unknown. These Haitian Diaspora Deportees are called the shadow people because of their status as Persona Non Grata in the country. Most of these Deportees are often discriminated against by a scared population because of their outlook, and reputation and because most of them are Rastafarian.

Being a Rasta can get you killed in Haiti because every aspect of a crime is attributed to the Rasta down the street even though the poor individual has nothing to do with the crime he/she is being accused of.

For those mentally-ill Deportees, the harsh reality of having to spend time yet again in Haiti’s prison is another sentence imposed to those tormented and tortured individuals. To be sent to languish in a foreign prison that lack sanitation, without the proper medication, and where diseases are often bred, is cruel, inhuman and degrading, especially knowing full well that the lives of those unfortunate human beings will again be put at risk, considering that they had already served their sentences.

Most deportees, having been branded the Black Sheep of their family shy away from entering into contact with their loved ones again. They have no reason for living, as they drift into a life of crime, desperation and suicides.

Language and Medical Problems:

The other problems facing Haitian Diaspora Deportees is that of the language barrier confronted by those who do not speak the Haitian language – French or Creole. Since some of the Deportees were born in the Bahamas, Jamaica and nearby islands, they are deported to Haiti because their parents were from the country. The language problem is compounded by those deportees who have severe medical conditions that the Haitian prison authorities cannot provide any cure. Some deportees have no knowledge of Haiti and most often do not have family there, and none of them have access to medication or treatment.

When a Haitian Diaspora Deportee is released, the likelihood that he may drift into a life of crime and joins gangs to rob and kill people is fully documented as they forage for food in order to survive. For many of those Haitian Diaspora deportees, jail would become a revolving door as they go about committing sexually related crimes and other petty thievery. But most often, those Haitian Diaspora deportees are routinely stigmatized, and accused of crimes they had nothing to do with. Most commit suicide rather than face this cruel, inhumane and degrading life they are forced to endure.

A new Approach.

The Society of Haitian Diaspora Deportees (SHDD) is about empowering! It was created due to the burden associated with being deported to a country where most often is foreign to the Deportee’s way of living. Given that fact, The Society of Haitian Diaspora Deportees aims to relieve the loneliness, depression, suicidal tendencies, social isolation and stigma that befall so many Haitians that have been deported to Haiti.

The Society of Haitian Diaspora Deportees (SHDD) is dedicated to the rescue of men and women Haitian Deportees by providing them with opportunities to change their way of life, assimilation and integration, work, and also to contribute their skills for mutual and extended support, to improve not only their lives, but that of the community of Deportees, yet to come as well.

The approach is simply to offer Haitians that have been deported to Haiti a sense of belonging, and the opportunity to have a better life.

Who is a Haitian Diaspora Deportee Member?

A TSHDD member is one who has accepted the challenge to turn their lives around and to become productive members of the Haitian Society.

What does being a TSHDD member entails?

TSHDD members are encouraged to choose to work on projects based on their own personal experiences and addressing issues ranging from disaster preparedness to education; to beautifying communities, and to have the opportunity to lead community service projects that includes sharing their story with others, and inspiring their community to take action.

What are the requirements for a TSHDD Membership?

The member would have been one that has been deported to Haiti.

What are the Benefits of being a TSHDD member?

Every member to TSHDD would benefit from Connecting with other Deportees across Haiti by:

      •  Planning and attending service projects designed to bring Deportees and Non-Deportees together to benefit the community.
      • Speaking on behalf of The Society of Haitian Diaspora Deportees to attract civilian memberships.
      • Development of professional skills and network
      • Translation of Human-based skills and Prison experience to civilian workforce
      • Utilization of leadership skills to inspire others to join the organization

TSHDD shall empower those Deportees so they can take the vital steps toward becoming an asset to their community and the country as a whole. By recruiting the Deportees as members of The Society of Haitian Diaspora Deportees, they will in turn help to reduce the level of apprehension, discrimination, cynicism and crimes attributed to Haitian Deportees, and to become productive members of society.

Without the proper help and supervision, those Haitian Deportees that are sent to Haiti are again condemned to live in the filth and unhealthy conditions of Haitian detention centers, not suitable for human living conditions.

The Society of Haitian Diaspora Deportees changes lives.

The Society of Haitian Diaspora Deportees family is our base community. SHDD hopes to enlist as many returnees as possible to become members of The Society of Haitian Diaspora Deportees organization in order to improve their overall concept of life, contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities, and forge new friendships.

SHDD shall motivate Haitian Diaspora Deportee members to help the organization to operate successful endeavor programs. The activities and programs of SHDD will be designed to secure opportunities for a life of constructive meanings to the Haitian Diaspora Deportee memberships.

SHDD shall treat all its members as human beings, not as ex-cons, ex-criminals or other degrading adjectives that only serve to hinder their progress towards breaking the chains of injustice that have kept them as prisoners of conscience for so long. SHDD will aim to liberate the mind of its members to help them to march towards freedom so long denied them.

These poor people know nothing but misery and that is a crying shame!!

The Society of Haitian Diaspora Deportees (TSHDD)

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