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  • Red Cross

    After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Americans donated nearly half a billion dollars to the Red Cross, far more than any other charity received. We asked Red Cross leaders where the money went. They wouldn’t tell us. So we went to Haiti to find out. What ProPublica’s Justin Elliott and NPR’s Laura Sullivan discovered was squandered donations, unfounded claims of success, and a trail of resentment. The Red Cross claimed it provided homes to more than 130,000 Haitians. The reality: The charity built just six permanent homes in all of Haiti.
  • Haiti Deportees

    The story follows Haitian immigrants deported back to their home country after the earthquake.
  • Cash...for What?

    The story looks into the "cash-for-work" jobs created after the Haiti earthquake. The reporter found that not only is there very little government oversight of these programs, but also that most of these organizations are not fulfilling their purpose of creating as many jobs as possible.
  • Small Town Justice

    A Haitian truck driver, Jean Claude Meus, was convicted of vehicular homicide after a semi he was driving turned over and fell on a minivan, killing a mother and daughter. While no drugs or alcohol were present in his system at the time of the accident, prosecutors were able to push a conviction based on their assertion that he had fallen asleep at the wheel, and was thus driving recklessly. But WTVT-TV investigators "found convincing evidence that (he) did not fall asleep, and in fact, was trying to avoid an accident." An off-duty firefighter was a witness at the scene, and asserted that Meus was "alert and helpful immediately after the crash." Yet the lead investigator, who attended high school with victim Nona Moore, never interview Juan Otero, the off-duty firefighter. With the help of experts, WTVT reconstructed the crash, and the conclusion drawn was that Meus had turned off the road to avoid an obstruction. Further, WTVT spoke with jurors who said that with that new evidence, they would not have voted to convict.
  • Storming the Court: How a Band of Yale Law Students Sued the President -- And Won

    This book tells the story of how Yale law students and human rights lawyers teamed up in the early 1990s to take on the U.S. Government. 300 Haitian refugees were being held in secret Guantanamo Bay detention camps because they were HIV positive. The team of students and lawyers sued the government for their release, and won the case. The story is especially relevant in the post- 9/11 world, where Guantanamo Bay is once again a prominent example of government abuse.
  • Who's Hispanic?

    A lack of precise definition of the word "hispanic" has caused confusion and some ruffles in the past. The National Journal chronicles the various definitions and approaches to "hispanic" and reasons as to why Alberto Gonzales might be Bush's favorite candidate for the Supreme Court, after all. The author explains in detail why the Portuguese and the Haitians have still not been included under the now-famous umbrella of "hispanics".
  • Rescue Me

    Kitfield writes about the many responsibilities of the Coast Guard and how, oftentimes, they must rescue Cuban and Haitian immigrants from sea and direct them back to their homeland. This story also investigates drug smuggling into the United States.
  • Tragedy at Sea: 33 Haitian refugees drown north of Hillsboro Inlet

    The Fort Lauderdale News and the Sun-Sentinel Company provide a detailed account of the sinking of a wooden sailboat packed with 63 Haitian refugees headed toward the United States. The sailboat sunk off of Hillsboro Beach, an oceanfront community of million-dollar homes and luxury condominiums. Upon further investigation and interviews with the tragedy's survivors, the News discovered that the refugees were being smuggled by a shadowy man from Port-Au-Prince known only as Gustave. After a two-month invesigation, the News discovered the identity of Gustave and that had been in federal custody twice before but was released to continue his people smuggling.
  • Stolen Refuge

    The Boston Globe reports that "the presence of a broad range of people who had been granted residency in the United States despite serious, credible evidence of their involvement in human rights crimes. In addition to the detailed evidence compiled on each case, the series exposed weaknesses in procedures used by the US government to screen refugees; the broad failure by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to prosecute human rights cases; and the lack of adequate laws to prevent human rights abusers from entering the country..."
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    The Nation publishes a series that investigated US plans for the occupation of Haiti; the series explains the American goal of containing Pres. Aristide's movement and guaranteeing the continued dominance of the Haitian elite; the investigation also uncovered the US role on establishing the Haitian paramilitary death squad FRAPH and FRAPH leader Emmanual Constant's employment by the CIA, Oct. 3, 24, 31, 1994.