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Refugee Crisis: The Dominican Republic and Haiti

September 22nd, 2015
1:00 PM


A refugee crisis is erupting in the Caribbean, where the Dominican Republic has stripped the citizenship of thousands of people of Haitian descent--including children born on Dominican soil. The U.S.-backed government in Santo Domingo is defending its actions as a means of curbing illegal immigration. But human rights groups say the move is rooted in longstanding racism and xenophobia. Tens of thousands have already fled across the border into makeshift camps, and thousands more face uncertain futures as the long-feared deportations begin.

Join us at the Forum for Scholars & Publics on Duke's West Campus for a discussion of the crisis, its history, and its implications for the region and beyond.

A light lunch will be served at 11:45 for all attendees. No registration is required.

This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

The event will be livestreamed beginning at noon.

Michaeline Crichlow

African and African-American Studies, Duke University

Michaeline A. Crichlow, is a Professor in African and African American Studies at Duke University. She is the author (with Patricia Northover) of Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes of Fleeing the Plantation (2009); Negotiating Caribbean Freedom: Peasants and the State in Development (2005). She recently co-edited special issue on States of Freedom: Freedom of States, for the journal Global South. She teaches courses on Food Politics; Caribbean Politics and Culture; and on Diasporas. She is currently writing on citizenship and development under globalization in Fiji, Jamaica, the D.R. (Haiti) and South Africa, and has been appointed the new editor of the Sage journal, Cultural Dynamics: Insurgent Scholarship on Culture, Politics and Power.

Patrick Duddy

Duke University

Patrick Duddy, a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Duke University, was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs, and crisis management. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for both President Bush and President Obama. Prior to this, Ambassador Duddy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for the Western Hemisphere, responsible for the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which included the hemispheric energy portfolio, as well for the Offices of Brazil/Southern Cone Affairs and of Caribbean Affairs. During his tenure as DAS, he played a lead role in coordinating U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti.

Jonathan Katz

Journalist and Author

Jonathan M.Katz is a journalist and author. As the Associated Press chief correspondent in Haiti, he survived and was first to internationally report the January 2010 earthquake, then stayed to cover the aftermath and flawed recovery that followed. That fall he broke the story that the United Nations likely caused—and was covering up its role in—a postquake cholera epidemic that killed thousands more. Prior to moving to Haiti, he was based for two years in the Dominican Republic. Katz is now a freelance journalist covering international and domestic affairs.