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Dominican authorities inspect a car on the highway between the Haitian border and Santo Domingo. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)

(Washington, D.C.) April 10, 2012 — Jesuit Refugee Service and our Jesuit affiliated partners in the Dominican Republic are committed to working together with stateless Dominicans, and with Haitian refugees and migrants, to challenge the racial discrimination preventing them from being recognized as a people with a voice of their own, and to overcome the wrongful policies that unjustly deny them their fundamental human rights.

Today, Dominican born children who are the descendants of Haitians who were brought to the Dominican Republic in the 1950s and 1960s and Haitian refugees who fled dictatorship and violence in the 1980s and 1990s are being stripped of their Dominican nationality by the retroactive application of nationality provisions first ordered in 2007, culminating in a constitutional change in 2010. 

These policies have increased the vulnerability of an already marginalized group, exposing them to abuse, restricted access to government services, institutionalized racial discrimination, bias-motivated violence, labor exploitation, and even expulsion from Dominican territory. 

Click here to read Here I was Born: Stateless Dominicans Seek Recognition, the March 2012 issue of The Refugee Voice.

You can also visit our Publications page to download a PDF of this issue or previous issues, or download the attached PDF of this issue on this page.

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