New York State Senators to Announce Humanity Coalition for Haiti and Call for Action

Community leaders talk about the new initiative. Photo: Andressa Tude

On Wednesday, September 14 at 10 a.m. at Life of Hope (1377 Brooklyn Avenue) in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Brooklyn, government officials, community leaders, members of the press and other stakeholders gathered to announce the Coalition Humanity for Haiti and the specific actions needed to address the economic and humanitarian crisis in Haiti.

This new coalition and press conference comes after a delegation of government officials from New York visited Dominican Republic officials, including President Luis Abinader, to discuss a range of issues related to trade and support. State Senator Kevin Parker and other officials have raised the issue of the influx of Haitian refugees and the need for greater communication and coordination between state, federal and regional governments.

“As the government representative of one of the largest concentrations of Haitians outside of Haiti in Flatbush, Brooklyn and surrounding neighborhoods, few issues are of greater importance than the governmental, economic and social crisis. which has recently caused a dramatic increase in the number of Haitian refugees,” said State Senator Kevin Parker. “I have been on a mission to ask the tough questions about the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. We need more coordination and collaboration between the different levels of government, and we need to do something about the endemic gang violence and the economic and social crisis in Haiti.

Senator Luis Sepulveda played a key role in bringing the delegation from New York to the Dominican Republic to discuss trade, humanitarian efforts and the Haitian refugee crisis.

“The humanitarian crisis in Haiti has crossed its borders into the United States, the Dominican Republic and other countries,” said Senator Luis Sepulveda. “I support Senator Parker’s efforts to call on our government to give full attention to our Haitian brothers and sisters who suffer every day and to countries like the Dominican Republic who want to help but cannot do it alone,” Sepulveda continued. .

Senator Leroy Comrie said, “Humanitarian crises that strike over time require the same urgent response as humanitarian crises that strike quickly. This is why it is so important to work together for sustained efforts to help Haitian communities affected by the crises facing Haiti, including support for our Dominican brothers and sisters who are helping and all who are dedicated to provide help and care. I join the Humanity Coalition for Haiti in solidarity with all those pushing to provide humanitarian aid to those in need.

“I commend Senator Parker and Senator Sepulveda for their efforts in forming the Humanity Coalition for Haiti. I share their deep concern about the Haitian crisis and how it affects neighboring countries such as the Dominican Republic and our own United States,” added Senator Reichlin-Melnick. “Our Haitian neighbors deserve to live in dignity and peace, just like us. My Haitian-American constituents are some of the bravest, strongest, and most patriotic people I know. I implore our government to help those who live in their beautiful nation and help it prosper again.