Haiti

Domestic Workers: ‘Bought and Paid for in the Gulf States’

On a trip to Kuwait two years ago, Nisha Varia from Human Rights Watch visited a hospital where two rooms were filled with injured domestic workers who had tried to escape from their employers’ homes. Trapped in abusive situations, the women jumped from windows or were beaten by employers as they sought to leave. The… [READ MORE]

Haitian Workers Not Sharing in Nation’s Economic Growth

Up to 70 percent of the Haitian workforce lacks formal jobs—but the notion that “any job is better than no job” is not a goal that should be embraced, says Lauren Stewart, Solidarity Center program officer for Haiti and the Dominican Republic. “I visited a factory park in Port-au-Prince, and one of the workers showed… [READ MORE]

Haitian Workers Say They Were Shot for Asking to Be Paid

Five Haitian construction workers in the Dominican Republic were shot allegedly for asking for unpaid wages, according to press reports. In addition, an eyewitness told Solidarity Center staff in Santo Domingo, the capital, that on February 2,​ a sergeant of the National Army fir​e​d​ ​upon and wounded ​the five workers​, who were not taken to… [READ MORE]

Dominican Republic Market Vendors Stand up for Rights

Amparo Lara sells plantains in San Cristobal’s Municipal Market, vying for customers along with dozens of other vendors selling mangoes, guavas and a range of vegetables and herbs along with services, such as shoe repair. The increasing lack of full-time jobs around the world has forced many working people like Lara to seek a living in… [READ MORE]

Five Years after Haiti Earthquake, Workers Still Struggle with Low Wages

Five years after the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, workers are still struggling to pay for transportation, food and housing, as the cost of living rises exponentially while wages fail to keep pace. In recent discussions with export apparel workers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, the Solidarity Center found that workers may pay nearly half their daily… [READ MORE]

Court Orders Dominican Republic to Recognize Citizenship

The Inter-American Court for Human Rights ordered the Dominican Republic to reform all national laws blocking the recognition of citizenship for children of undocumented parents born in the country. The decision, dated August 28, 2014, was made public on October 22, 2014, according to a story today in El Dia, a national newspaper in the… [READ MORE]

Dominican Republic Plan for Migrants Rife with Irregularities

  • September 5, 2014
  • Geoff Herzog

The Dominican Republic’s “regularization” plan—created to provide legal status to migrants with documents—is rife with “irregularities,” according to Alexis Roselie, spokeswoman for the National Coordinator for Immigration Justice and Human Rights and an organizer for the National Federation of Workers in Construction and Building Materials (FENTICOMMC). At a press conference this week at the National… [READ MORE]

July 30: First-Ever World Day against Human Trafficking

The United Nations today marks the first-ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, created to raise awareness and highlight the plight of the millions of women, men and children who are trafficked and exploited, as well as to encourage people to take action to end the scourge. Forced labor is the most common motive behind human… [READ MORE]

Garment Exports Rise but Haitian Workers Paid Starvation Wages

Despite a 45 percent increase in apparel exports since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the women and men who sew T-shirts and jeans primarily destined for the U.S. market barely earn enough to pay for their lunch and transportation to work, a new Solidarity Center survey finds. The average cost of living for an export… [READ MORE]