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IRAP Condemns Continued U.S. Deportation Flights to Haiti


May 16, 2024



(New York, NY) – Today, the United States government forcibly repatriated a group of Haitians despite political violence and catastrophic conditions in Haiti. This was the second deportation flight since April, following a pause on such flights due to the crisis in Haiti.  

This decision comes despite the UNHCR’s recent new guidance on international refugee protection for Haitians, underscoring the “skyrocketing gang violence and human rights violations.” UNHCR specifically urged “[s]tates to not forcibly return people to Haiti, including those who have had their asylum claims rejected.” Last week, the House Haiti Caucus and advocates also called on the administration to halt such deportations.

The following is a reaction from Sunil Varghese, Policy Director at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP):

“It is unconscionable to forcibly return people back to Haiti at this time. To make matters worse, many of those aboard today’s deportation flight likely were subjected to unfair, elevated standards to seek asylum in the United States due to recent Biden administration policies. The U.S. must stop deporting Haitians immediately. Now is the moment for the U.S. government to offer TPS and humanitarian assistance to Haiti, not to send people fleeing for their lives back into grave danger.”

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is a global legal aid and advocacy organization working to create a world where refugees and all people seeking safety are empowered to claim their right to freedom of movement and a path to lasting refuge. Everyone should have a safe place to live and a safe way to get there.