Why are Dominicans of Haitian Descent Being Expulsed? A Teach-In on Contemporary Legal Issues in the Dominican Republic
Monday, September 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012 (map)
This event will use engaged pedagogy to explain, contextualize, and provide a framework for action regarding current legal issues facing Dominicans of Haitian descent, Dominicans perceived Haitian descent and Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic. With contributions from journalism, activism, and formal research, the Teach-In will be of interest to students, professors, and other community members who would like to know more about this complicated situation in order to act conscientious citizens of the world. The panelists for this event are:
Amarilys Estrella is an organizing member of We Are All Dominican (WAAD), a collective of graduate students, educators, scholars, artists, activists, and community members of Dominican and Haitian descent residing in New York City who joined forces in October 2013 to denounce the Dominican Constitutional Tribunals’s decision, TC-0168/13, which stripped the nationality of hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent. She is also a PhD student in sociocultural anthropology at New York University focusing on issues of race, class and gender as mediated by the law in the Caribbean. Prior to her doctoral studies she was the program officer for Haiti and the Dominican Republic at American Jewish World Service, an international human rights organization. As a program officer she managed the response to the Haiti earthquake in addition to supporting grassroots organizations in the Dominican Republic advocating for the civil and political rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent. Amarilys holds a B.A. from Hunter College in political science and Latin America and Caribbean Studies, and an M.A. in Latin America and Caribbean Studies from New York University.
Dr. Kiran Jayaram is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Black Studies (York College, CUNY) and Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology (Faculté d'Ethnologie, Université d'Etat d'Haïti). His research focuses on political economy, mobility, and education. His latest research project deals with Haitian educational and labor migrants to the contemporary Dominican Republic. He has conducted fieldwork in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the United States.
Roque Planas is a national reporter at The Huffington Post where he has covered the Dominican Republic's citizenship and immigration issues. He holds a joint master's degree from New York University and has written about Latin American and U.S. Hispanic issues for the last eight years.
Ninaj Raoul is a co-founder and community organizer at Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR), an organization founded in 1992 to respond to the human needs of Haitian refugees and immigrants in the U.S., fleeing persecution. Today, HWHR continues to serve the working class Haitian community, advocating for immigrant rights, workers rights and education equity. Through education, community organizing, leadership development and collective action, their members empower themselves as they struggle for social and economic justice. HWHR has partnered with Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas (MUDHA) to document human rights abuses in the Dominican Republic for over 10 years. HWHR is the producer of Birthright Crisis, a documentary film directed by Miriam Neptune, that captures the Haitian-Dominican community's resistance in the face of illegal deportations/expulsions, scapegoating, racially motivated violence and exclusion. HWHR is a participating organization of the International Campaign to End Apartheid in the Dominican Republic.
Moderated by Dr. Katherine Smith. She is a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. Through extensive ethnographic research, Katherine examines historical transformations of the trickster spirit Gede in the visual and embodied culture of Vodou. Before coming to NYU, she spent two years at Brown University as a Mellon-Cogut Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies and History of Art and Architecture. She completed her doctorate at UCLA with a dissertation on displacement, death, and regeneration in contemporary Haiti. She is presently revising her dissertation for publication as a book., Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU.
The Teach-In is co-sponsored by We Are All Dominicans and La Galeria Magazine. This event is free and open to the public. ID is required for entry.