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Dominican Republic

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In Exile
Deportations and violence have driven tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent from their homes in the Dominican Republic—while the world is silent

Forced to Flee Dominican Republic for Haiti, Migrants Land in Limbo

Born Dominican, but Locked Out by Haitian Roots and Lack of ID

The Culture of Fear Fueling the Domnican Crisis

New migrant rules spur crisis along Haitian-Dominican border

Deportations in the Dominican Republic — Council on Foreign Relations

UN envoy for Haiti urges: deportations should not result in statelessness of people born in Dominican Republic

Marco Rubio wants U.S. to intervene in Haiti, Dominican Republic migration crisis

Dominican envoy to UK urges The Guardian to look deeper into Haiti-Dominican issue

IOM monitors migrant flows on Haiti-Dominican Republic borde

Press Statement — U.S. Dept. of State: We urge the Dominican Republic to avoid mass deportations and to conduct any deportations in a transparent manner that fully respects the human rights of deportees. …. The United States will continue to actively monitor developments in the Dominican Republic, and engage the Government of the Dominican Republic to ensure the protection of human rights, encourage social inclusion of all people, and work to prevent the arbitrary deprivation of nationality for legal citizens.

Border Camps Forming as Dominican Republic Forces Deportations

Ex-Peace Corps volunteers unite for U.S. action on Dominican immigration policies

Thousands of Haitians are stuck in limbo in the Dominican Republic
AFTER MONTHS of bluster and confusion , Dominican Republic authorities for now seem to have quietly backed away from their ill-advised threat to expel more than 200,000 Haitian migrant workers….

Dominican Truckers Demand Guarantees of Safe Travel in Haiti
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Monday’s Binational Market Opens as Usual
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Haitian Authorities Impeding Repatriation of Some Immigrants
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Immigration Continues to Issue One and Two Year Permits
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Government Still Handing Out IDs, About 50,000 Didn’t Qualify 
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Repatriations Won’t Start Until Documentation Process Completed
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Crowd Calls for Deportations to Begin
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Tension and Tedium Reign in Lines at Regularization Office
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Washington Post: End Confusion, Rescind Threat of Mass Deportation  
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OAS Reports on Visit, Recommends Dialogue
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Dominican Government Rejects OAS Mediation
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Opinion: Try to Register More, Tighten Border and Promote Equality
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Caribbean issue divides Massachusetts lawmakers
Loyalties tested by fears Dominican may deport many of Haitian descent

The Forgotten Occupation: Remembering the U.S. Invasion of Haiti

Dominican Plan to Expel Haitians Tests Close Ties

The Dominican Time Bomb

CARICOM wants Dom Rep to protect the human rights of persons affected by constitutional Court ruling

Haití cierra su frontera afectando el mercado binacional
Mientras que en los alrededores del mercado y en la frontera ha sido apostado un amplio dispositivo militar

Prayer and action needed in the Dominican Republic—World Council of Churches
Hundreds of thousands of Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent are facing the risk of deportation

Dominican Churches seek changes to deportation policies

Page 3 of the newspaper Hoy, June 11 issue: recommendations of SSID (Social Services of Dominican Churches organization)

Presbyterian Women Visit the Caribbean
Mission worker Jo Ella Holman assisted a group of Presbyterian woman in PW’s Global Exchange visit to Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, and Guyana. Read about the Global Exchange and the issues discussed in the January-February issue of Horizons magazine. Read more.

Haití hace doble trastada a RD con recientes medidas
Gobierno haitiano reconoció que auspició la marcha

Man lynched in Dominican Republic as tensions run high
Human rights groups say it comes in context of ‘constant discrimination against Haitians’

Church leaders address statelessness in Dominican Republic
A court decision in the Dominican Republic annulling the citizenship of an estimated 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian ancestry has been strongly criticized by church leaders.—World Council of Churches

Unfinished Houses: Building the kingdom on God’s time
…service-learning trips for students … the inspiration for the nonprofit Education Across Borders 

Working with Communities to Combat Climate Change: A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Story

Chikungunya in the Caribbean
Local transmission of chikungunya is being reported in Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti  and Puerto Rico, among other countries/islands in the Caribbean—CDC

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat showcasing his Dominican heritage through campaign
Espaillat is aiming to be the first Dominican-born congressman

Dominican Republic Passes Law for Migrants’ Children
The plan seeks to mollify an international uproar after the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court ruled last September that people born there to illegal migrants do not have the right to citizenship, even if the Dominican Republic is the only country they have lived in or know. Human rights organizations said some 200,000 people could be affected, while the government said the number was much lower, around 24,000.—New York Times

Santo Domingo to naturalize Dominican-Born Haitians
The government of the Dominican Republic has sent a bill to Congress that would extend legal residence to the Dominican-born children of undocumented migrants. The initiative, which will mostly benefit the children of migrants from neighboring Haiti, will allow a “fair solution” to be applied to what has been “a cycle of irregularities,” President Danilo Medina’s administration said.—Latin American Herald Tribune

Dominican Episcopal Church stands with Dominicans of Haitian descent: Hundreds of thousands face statelessness (Oct. 25, 2013).

Several  Hurt in Clash Between Mine Supporters, Opponents in Dominican Republic

Dominican court ruling increases risk of statelessness for Dominicans of Haitian descent
The ruling says all children born of persons “in transit” in the country since 1929 are not Dominican, applying “in transit” to up to four generations of citizens born and raised in the DR—Church World Service
Dominican Court’s Ruling on Citizenship Stirs Emotions in New York
Protesters in Times Square denounce court ruling annulling citizenship to as many as 200,000 people.—New York Times


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) shares a uniquely ecumenical witness to the gospel in the Dominican Republic, joining other North American Protestant churches in ministry there. Congregations of the PC(USA) and Dominican congregations build relationships with each other on their shared faith, mutuality and respect, and commitment to learn from one another. Because of the proximity of the Dominican Republic to the United States, Dominican Christians work with many Presbyterian mission groups each year.

The PC(USA) has a long and continuing history of participation with Dominican Christians in their ministries of evangelism, health education and care, development of water sources, academic education and outreach to Haitian immigrants.

Read a brief history of the Dominican Republic.

Partner churches

The PC(USA)’s church partners in the Dominican Republic are the Dominican Evangelical Church and the Alliance of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches of Latin America (AIPRAL).

Dominican Republic/Jamaica Mission Network

For information contact Jo Ella Holman, regional liaison for the Caribbean

The Dominican Republic Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

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