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OAS Civil Society Roundtable Report May 2nd, May 3rd, 2006



Report to HAGC

The Round table by the Organization of the American States

With the Civil Society

Washington DC

May 2nd and 3rd 2006

























                                 Submitted by Yvans Morisseau May 25, 2006





















This report is summary of the ideas and proposal presented during the round table at the Organization of the American States with the Civil Society. Over 20 countries were represented and more the fifty organizations responded to the invitation.

            The first part of this report is a brief introduction comprised of short comments made by Microsoft. I took the liberty to offer my suggestion for future purposes regarding the Haitian American Organizations of the Diaspora.

The report also includes the list of the countries represented and the Organizations representatives who participated in the discussions.

The last page is the lists of contacts that I believe are to be important to the HAGC.




























Report to HAGC

The Round table by the Organization of the American States

With the Civil Society

Washington DC

May 2nd and 3rd 2006

            In a pleasant a yet professional atmosphere the meeting continues after a short break for breakfast. That is when I arrived after 10:00 am driving from Miami Florida.

My presence blended immediately with the others who have had already presented themselves and the organizations they represented.  In addition to myself, Carline Paul, HAGC SEcond Vice-President attended the Roundtable on WEdnesday, May 3rd, 2006 to reinforce the position of the Coalition.

The first day was all about technology and good governance, which, was the subject of discussion of the day. The guest speaker Mr.Euginio Beaufrand Vice president,               Microsoft Latin America and Mr. Daniel Marcek Director of Hewlett Packard University Relations. Both speakers had thoroughly presented the interest of their company in investing in the Latin America and the Caribbean, in other words the American hemisphere.

 The Roundtable addressed the following themes at four work sessions:

-                      Good Governance and Development in the Knowledge-Based Society

-                      Promotion of Democracy and the Declaration of Florida

-                      Promotion of Human Rights

-                      Social and Economic Development and the Declaration and Plan of Action of Mar del Plata

Good Governance and Development in a Knowledge-Based Society

Creating employment depending on the infrastructure

Mr. of Microsoft suggested that each NGO organization works harder to gain their integration in the preparation of the infrastructure of the country they represent.

The idea is to bring back to the Hemisphere the jobs that are covered by the eastern countries.

Mr. Daniel Marcek mentioned that the American nation are suggested to work on their infrastructure that will allow them to jump into the race against other countries like China and India in order to provide service in the field tele-centers an other term for telemarketing service. Furthermore Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are ready to offer send jobs to the countries that have a labor force ready for this project.

He stated “we need to bring back to the American Hemisphere the Jobs that we lost to China and India.”

Labor force needs knowledge to have better jobs

New opportunity/trainings without leaving their community

 The participation of the civil society in government

The civil Society will have to support their Government to offer technological trainings to the people the America and the Caribbean

It was suggested that the relation between the government and the civil society org. be transparent in order to create an atmosphere of:

Fair jobs

Fair trade

Intercultural exchanges

Presenting cultural knowledge

Communication rights



Session 2:    

May 3rd 2006

This session continues with the same format, which, is the successive presentations of the representatives. The propositions were as follow:

The promotion of human rights

Relies on eight principles of recommendation

The structural problems of the countries

Progress made in terms of democracy.

The institution of reform (should we meet or advise foreign countries interfering or influencing a country’s political system)

Fair treatment for the prisoners

Public policies to be implemented

International laws/Immigration

Cultural rights

Monitoring human rights

International pressure

My intervention addressed the followings:

Request states to be respectful of human rights in their treatment of deported people and to establish with other states mechanisms for collaboration and information exchange in connection with deported persons.

Urge states to eliminate the practice of mass expulsion of people.

Recognize for children and adolescents in the region a special condition of vulnerability, and encourage their participation in decisions that affect them.

Request states to create an assistance fund for victims, in order to ensure access to the inter-American system of justice.

Deportation or ethnic conflict to be controlled by the OAS also the deportation of criminals to be restrained because it affects the social development of the receiving country, which, can unfortunately unprepared and may resources such as counselors or professional trained in rehabilitation of people with social disorder.

We have to consider the importance of attending such meetings. And also the urgency to educate all Haitian American Organizations to register to participate to  those meaningful round table organized by any International entity that reaches out to  the Civil Society such as the round table of the OAS with the Civil Society. Many Latin American Countries were represented by more than five different organizations. Each of these organizations brought up to the table a different issue that concerns their Nations.

            While the development of the subjects stays within the progress of the countries of the American Hemisphere, the implementation of technological strategies and the run for development, Haitian Organizations found only one concern that seems to be more important than any other problem confronted by other countries of the Hemisphere International immigration policy. Creating an economical structure for Haiti and reinforcing the International laws in favor of human rights can allege the pain that Haitian immigrants endure where ever they migrate.

            It is our responsibility to strive in gaining the trust of our compatriots, to educate them in participating constructively in the progressive ambitious dream of the American States. Dialogues with the governments to recognize the active importance of the Non governmental Organizations with their participation in order to integrate the progress of the country can and will bring positive results.







The recommendations contained herein are presented for the consideration of the member states so that they might be taken into account in the preparation of the draft resolutions to be considered in the framework of the Thirty-Sixth Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) to be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from June 4 to 6, 2006.







Discussions on the information society -and the knowledge-based society- frequently give excessive weight to the technological aspect, and in so doing, traditional technologies are overlooked in favor of digital technologies (community radio stations, community television, video, etc).


Reflections on the “knowledge-based society” generally overlook production of knowledge and its transformation into concrete applications that contribute to the well-being of people and societies.




1.                   Elevate discussions on the knowledge-based society, so that they not only address issues of infrastructure and technology but also proceed in a framework of observance and protection of human rights and the obligation of states to ensure them as a public duty.


2.                   Information and communication technologies (ICT’s) should not be seen merely as tools, but as strategic factors for development policy design.  This means that agreement should exist on protocols for connectivity, accessibility, usability, inclusion, and respect for diversity that assures the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of those technologies.


3.                   In constructing a knowledge-based society, local capacity building should center not only on technical capacities, but also on those that foster autonomy and self-sufficiency in management, organization, and sustainable development.


4.                   Any knowledge management initiative in the Hemisphere should have as cross-cutting issues interculturality, “inter-American-ness”, and, in general, every aspect that comprises the diversity of the region.


5.                   Any agreement on access to and use of ICT’s, be they of the traditional variety, or the various digital technologies, or those that arise from the newly evolving media convergences, should ensure that every group and segment of the population has equitable conditions of access.


6.                   Backwardness in terms of scientific and technological knowledge, its skewed regional distribution, and the inequity in its access–which discriminates against women in particular–are issues that must be resolved in order to attain adequate levels of production and distribution of new knowledge.  Higher education institutions and technological research and development centers have a pivotal role to play in the dynamics leading to the construction of the knowledge-based society.


7.                   In the context of the knowledge-based society, it is essential to recognize the principle of joint responsibility between government and the private sector, as well as active participation for civil society organizations.




1.                   The member states should provide sufficient and balanced appropriations that ensure equitable distribution of and access to communications and telecommunications services, as well as guaranteeing the human rights of free access to public information and freedom of expression by means of all technological mechanisms and legal practices.


2.                   Governments should ensure sufficient appropriations for the development of scientific research and technological innovation, and choreograph knowledge transfer programs among higher education institutions and research centers in the region.  Governments should also accept that in a knowledge-based society founded on the principles of plurality and respect for diversity they have an obligation to recognize traditional knowledge and ensure its sustainability.  We further recommend that higher education institutions be called on to contribute to all initiatives connected with the issues of good governance, development, and the knowledge-based society in general, and human resources training, in particular.


3.                   States should encourage improvement and linkage of knowledge distribution circuits, taking advantage of the infrastructure in place and strengthening new infrastructure (Internet 2, CLARA).  States should also continue with the identification of best practices in the application of rules on intellectual property.  Governments, international agencies, and higher education institutions should strengthen capacity-building policies and programs for teachers through the inclusion of ICT’s, centering not only on technical aspects, but also on the use and harnessing of knowledge to strengthen educational and development promotion skills.


4.                   Positive steps should be taken to enable access to knowledge and capacity building with the use of ICT’s, as well as full exercise of rights, for Afro-descendants, indigenous peoples, displaced people, migrants, persons with disabilities, women, children and young people, and, in general, all socially and economically disadvantaged groups.


5.                   ICT’s should be included as tools in the range of resources to which citizens in democratic societies should have access in order to ensure accountability and transparency at all levels of government, for instance, through inclusion of the concept of public purchases and works as a procurement system that not only increases efficiency in the investment of state funds, but enhances openness and social control and reduces the risk of corruption in countries.


6.                   Governments and the appropriate international agencies should promote the use of ICT’s in order to accomplish the Millennium Development Goals in the region, in particular with regard to efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.


7.                   Governments should enact policies and treaties that ensure protection and full respect for the civil, labor, and human rights of migrants.  This recommendation applies to both border crossing and internal migrants.  A component of such policies should be the inclusion of ICT’s and the generation of strategies and resources for capacity building, both in communities of origin and in places of destination of migrants.





1.                   We request the governments to disseminate and promote the Inter-American Democratic Charter among civil society and the general public, and to educate civil society organizations (CSO) about the scope and constraints of the OAS in its role in inter-American affairs.


2.                   We recommend that member states increase the funds they allocate to the OAS in order to ensure that the Organization fulfills it mission and the mandates that come out of the Summits of the Americas process which the member states have freely signed.


3.                   We ask that in the Declaration of Santo Domingo civil society organizations be considered Promoters of Democracy–the latter understood as the power of peoples–and that the Millennium Development Goals be regarded as a base line that should be in place in each country, and not targets to be met by our countries.


4.                   We urge governments to implement mechanisms to follow up on the mandates of the Summits of the Americas and the OAS General Assembly, in order to ensure that Declarations and Plans of Action become not dead letters, but effective instruments that guide agendas with specific measures.


5.                   We request governments to create follow-up mechanisms to monitor measures adopted by them to combat poverty and integrate excluded groups (inter alia, women, ethnic minorities, disabled persons, victims of armed political violence, indigenous peoples, etc.)


6.                   We urge governments to institute and/or improve legal frameworks on access to information and to use ICT’s as a tool to expedite and facilitate public access to information in the possession of the state.


7.                   We ask that judicial systems incorporate ICT’s in order to upgrade their efficiency and transparency, and thereby expedite the resolution of cases.


8.                   We request member states to implement campaigns that encourage the participation of women and, therefore, a gender balance in the political and public life of states, which should include mechanisms to monitor compliance with this recommendation.


9.                   We invite the technical departments and the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development of the OAS, as well as the member states and their respective cooperation agencies, to support the initiatives of hemispheric civil society networks whose purpose is to monitor, support, or contribute to the effective implementation of the mandates of the Summit of the Americas process and the activities of the OAS.


10.               We request that ICT’s be used to support good governance in the region, as well as the involvement of civil society in the processes connected with the review of democracy in the Hemisphere, especially with respect to early warning systems to detect democratic crises.


11.               We remind the member states of the vital importance of linking effective channels for public participation at the national level through the creation of permanent mechanisms for dialogue and collaborative activities that contribute to democratic governance, the model for which should be the ministry of foreign affairs in each country.


12.               We recommend the analysis of mechanisms that help to combat and prevent misuse of the Internet in order to avert harmful practices for development, such as, inter alia, child pornography, cyber espionage, computer viruses, and the spread of hackers.


13.               In order to move forward in the regional struggle against corruption, we request: 


·                     Inclusion of ICT's in the follow-up mechanisms for the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (ICAC), in order, inter alia, to expedite and increase the transparency of the negotiations process in the second round of the Follow-Up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC).

·                     That the member states that have not yet signed the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and other international instruments in this area do so immediately.  Likewise, we request the same of states that have not yet joined the MESICIC process.

·                     That information be provided to civil society on progress in implementation of resolution AG/RES. 2071 adopted by the OAS General Assembly, which declares 2006 as the “Inter-American Year of the Fight against Corruption”.

·                     Formalization of the participation of civil society organizations in meetings of the MESICIC Committee of Experts, as well as the resumption of follow-up visits in the Mechanism.

·                     That civil society organizations be permitted to submit their responses to the questionnaire within 30 days after the deadline for member states.

·                     That legislative branches approve bills that would permit the inclusion in their legislations of the offences provided in Article 6 of the ICAC.

·                     That the Conference of States Parties to the MESICIC meet in the course of 2006.


14.               We consider it essential to implement mechanisms for protection and promotion of human rights, which are pivotal and of strategic importance for the promotion of democracy.  The more the fundamental rights of persons are violated, the more our democracies are weakened.


15.               We urge governments to improve the forums for dialogue with civil society in the official activities of the OAS, in order to ensure an effective exchange of ideas and proposals through construction of productive dialogue, not unilateral monologues that merely set out a variety of agendas without engagement.


16.               We request the member states, in the framework of measures to strengthen civil society participation, to offer spaces for training, information, and permanent linkage with OAS agencies.




Inclusion and protection of vulnerable groups


1.                   We propose that OAS programs on inclusion and protection of vulnerable populations bear in mind the role of culture and identity.


2.                   As regards the issue of employment for young people, it is necessary to look for creative ways to use information and multimedia technologies as tools that enable documentation of self-correction of inappropriate conduct. Furthermore, we advocate access to and strengthening of community centers as places where young people can come together and avoid the isolation that leads them to crime.  We also recommend that efforts be made to establish mechanisms that encourage and celebrate successful experiences of young people in contributing to social and economic development.


3.                   We recommend facilitation by states of access for women to programs on generation of self-employment and, at the same time, access for young people of both sexes to information on sexual and reproductive health.


4.                   We propose a break with the trend of establishing charity-based programs to solve the problems of the most vulnerable, and, rather, recommend that emphasis be placed on sustainable programs.


5.                   We urge the states to ratify the Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities. Measures should be adopted in support of the integration in the workplace of persons with disabilities, through the application of organized and inclusive training policies in order to equip them with the necessary skills and qualifications for employment, self-employment, and micro-entrepreneurship.


6.                   We recommend that states ensure, through awareness-raising measures, the integration of the disabled community in employment in the public and private sectors, based on the legislative strides that have been made in many countries.


7.                   We recommend that states design and implement affirmative policies and measures that take into account the issues of race and gender as causes–and not simply effects–of poverty.


Development model and insertion in the international economic system


8.                   The situation at present, in a context of globalization, widespread expansion of the knowledge-based society, and asymmetrical conditions of competition with other regions, necessitates a review of the economic insertion model adopted in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, with a view to the institution of measures by our states to increase the competitive advantages of our nations, through an increase in the value added of our output and efforts to attain productive complementarity in the region.  We further recommend examination of the feasibility of alternative but parallel systems of valuation in the exchange and trade of goods and services.


Employment generation


9.                   We recommend that the member states consider new labor models for our populations that are consistent with respect for the human rights of workers.


10.               We recommend the creation of jobs in high-technology sectors without neglecting employment generation in complementary sectors, even if they belong to traditional sectors of the economy.


Role of civil society and the mandates and commitments adopted by states


11.               We recommend that civil society monitor the commitments that states have adopted in the framework of the Summits of the Americas process and, as necessary, that the OAS create mechanisms to review those commitments.  Furthermore, we recommend that the OAS establish mechanisms to encourage engagement between states and civil society.


12.               We urge the states to implement the provisions contained in Articles 64 and 66 of the Declaration and Plan of Action of Mar del Plata which reaffirm transparent and accountable democratic governance; that accountability is a key instrument to achieve transparency and efficiency in the use of resources administered by governments; and that states should implement the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and participate fully in its Follow-Up Mechanism.


13.               We also urge states to comply with the provisions contained in Articles 64 and 65 of the Declaration and Plan of Action of Mar del Plata to identify, before December 2006, specific initiatives for cooperation, and the exchange of experiences in the development of technical skills in our countries that contribute to the full application of the provisions of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption, and the strengthening of its Implementation Follow-up Mechanism (MESICIC), giving special consideration to the recommendations arising from the first round of said Mechanism.


14.               We recommend that states make efforts to monitor and measure the effectiveness of national and regional programs.




1.                   Take advantage of technology to divulge good practices and databases, in order to strengthen civil society in its role as controller of the state.


2.                   Urge the member states that have not ratified the American Convention on Human Rights and the other inter-American and international instruments to do so.  Furthermore, we urge full recognition of the contentious jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.


3.                   Strengthen the organs of protection of human rights by: recognizing the independence and autonomy of the inter-American system of human rights; ensuring a budget that enables its bodies to function and be effective; abiding by the decisions of the organs of the inter-American system; and establishing mechanisms to punish those who fail to comply.


4.                   Urge Ombudsmen to play a more active role in the dissemination of the instruments of the inter-American system of human rights.


5.                   Include a human-rights perspective in the Draft Declaration of Santo Domingo, with particular attention to the problems of social inequality in the Hemisphere, in order to ensure universal access to the knowledge-based society.


6.                   Included the themes of racism and social inclusion in the discussions of the OAS General Assembly.


7.                   Move forward with the approval of an Inter-American Convention against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance that give greater consideration to discrimination for reasons of gender.


8.                   Improve channels for civil society participation, in particular in discussion forums on policies that would have a strong impact on human rights in the Americas.


9.                   Include suitability, independence, morality, and competence as criteria to be met by candidates proposed for positions in the organs of the inter-American system of human rights, in accordance with the provisions contained in the American Convention on Human Rights.  Consideration should also be given to gender parity.


10.               Broaden civil society participation in the selection process for members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.  For that purpose, in addition to the continued publication of the curriculum vitae of candidates on the OAS website, spaces should be created for discussions with candidates.


11.               Create a working group to promote regional exchange on best practices for execution of sentences with the participation of the states, the IACHR and the Court, civil society, and experts on this issue.


12.               Request reports from countries on progress in implementation of the right of access to information in the framework of the Declaration of Nuevo León.


13.               Provide support for and collaborate with initiatives that seek to establish minimum standards of protection of the right of access to information, such as, inter alia, gratuitousness and freedom of access.


14.               Recognize that civil society organizations play a non-partisan, essential, fitting, and proactive role in the solution of problems in the region.


15.               Request the countries mentioned by the IACHR as meriting “special attention” to adopt the measures necessary to be removed from that category and, furthermore, to correct the causes that placed them there.


16.               Include in the Declaration of Santo Domingo a mention that the rights of indigenous peoples will be ensured full respect in the framework of the knowledge-based society.


17.               Urge the member states to create legal mechanisms at the national level to ensure implementation of the recommendations and judgments of the organs of the inter-American system of human rights.


18.               Urge the permanent Council of the OAS to convene periodic meetings to discuss the special country reports, annual reports, and reports of Rapporteurs of the IACHR


19.               Urge member states to provide protection for human rights defenders at risk.


20.               Request states to be respectful of human rights in their treatment of deported people and to establish with other states mechanisms for collaboration and information exchange in connection with deported persons.


21.               Urge states to eliminate the practice of mass expulsion of people.


22.               Recognize for children and adolescents in the region a special condition of vulnerability, and encourage their participation in decisions that affect them.


23.               Request states to create an assistance fund for victims, in order to ensure access to the inter-American system of justice.


24.               Request the Dominican Republic to comply with the judgment of the Inter-American Court in the Yean and Bosico Case, bearing in mind that a knowledge-based society cannot exist so long as the right to education is impaired.




Include the expression “civil society” in recommendation 14 of the draft resolution entitled Support for the Hemispheric Agenda of the Knowledge Society.






















May 1st, 2006 / 1 de mayo de 2006


 2 y 3 DE MAYO DE 2006 – SEDE DE LA OEA









Asociación Ciudadana por los Derechos Humanos

Maria Jose Lubertino


Asociación Conciencia

Ana Ward


Centro de Derechos Humanos y Medio Ambiente (CEDHA)

Victor Hugo Ricco


Red Interamericana para la Democracia

Federico José Ricciardi Lima


Asociación de Comunidades Indígenas (ACOIN) / Instituto de Desarrollo Afro (IDEAFRO)

Ana Maria Garcia Lacayo


Centro Ciudadano Asociacion Civil

Ignacio Gabriel Candaosa

Jose Alberto Herrera


Comision Internacional para los Derechos Humanos de Gays y Lesbianas (IGLHRC)

Alicia Ines Grinspan


Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES)

Ana Bourse


Fundación Globalización y Democracia de los Haitianos en Ultramar (FUNGLODHU)

Oberto Losias


FORES- Foro de Estudios sobre la Administración de Justicia

María Alejandra González Rodríguez



Fundación SES

Julieta Mira





Foundation of Caribbean Competitiveness

Jennifer Marie Nunes


National Union of Public Workers

Joseph E.Goddard





Movimento Voto Consciente

Rita de Cassia Biason


Estruturacao- Group LGBTTT of Brasilia

Dayse Hansa


GELEDES Instituto da Mulher Negra

Rodnei Jerico da Silva





Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL)

Caroline Lavoie


Interciencia Asociación

Michel Bergeron


Organización Universitaria Interamericana

Patricia Gudiño





Chile Transparente Capitulo Chileno de Tranparencia Internacional

Jacqueline Plass


Observatorio Control Interamericana de los Derechos de los Migrantes (OCIM)

Diego Fernando Carrasco Carrasco

Carolina Troya Roman


Corporación Participa

Catalina Delpiano Troncoso





Fundación Cultura Democrática

Alvaro Villarraga Sarmiento


Fundacion Restrepo Barco

Mario Gómez Jiménez


Abogados Afrocolombianos Asociados

Kenny Luango Mosquera



Luz Marina Becerra


Lideres en Accion

German Humberto Rincon Perfetti


Coporación Acción Ciudadana Colombia

Luis Fernando Velazquez Leal


Corporación Viva la Ciudadania

Nelson Socha


Facultad de Ciencia y Política, Universidad de los Andes

Iván Orozco



Costa Rica/Costa Rica


Fundacion del Servicio Exterior para la Paz y la Democracia (FUNPADEM)

Jose Luis Alvarez


Save the Children Suecia

Ana Salvado


Asociacion para el Desarrollo de la Mujer Negra Costarricense (Cenro de Mujeres Afrocotarricenses)

Jeanneth Cooper Cooper


Asociacion Proyecto Caribe

Ingrid Lambert Miller


Centro de Mujeres Afrocostarricenses

Epsy Campbell Barr


Transparencia Internacional - Costa Rica

Roxana Salazar





Corporacion Latinoamericana para el Desarrollo / Capitulo Ecuatoriano de Transparencia Internacional (CLD/TI)

Maria Fernanda Morillo


Centro de Documentacion en  Derechos Humanos "Segundo Montes Mozo S.J." (CSMM)

Pablo A.de la Vega M.


Fundación Humanistas por la Paz

Luis Miguel Centeno Roque



El Salvador/El Salvador


Asociacion PROBIDAD

Karen Michelle Mejia Burgos


Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana “José Siméon Caña”

Benjamín Cuellar





Accion Ciudadana

Manfredo Roberto Marroquin





National Youth Development Network

Bevon Oslyn Currie


Junior Chamber International Guyana

Shawn Benn






Jean Paul Edmund


RESOFAN (Women Coalition North Haiti)

Eugene Elvire





Foro Permanente de Organizaciones de Sociedad Civil (FPOSC)

Julio César Cabrera Hernández


Foro Permanente de Organizaciones de Sociedad Civil (FPOSC)

Andres Pavon








Galilei Consulting

Rodolfo Sosa Garcia

Transparency International-Mexico

Eduardo Bohórquez


Alliance of Pan-American Tables

Martha Ofelia Martinez de Calderon


Somos @ Telecentros Network

Maria de la Paz Silva




Fundacion para el Desarrollo de la Libertad Ciudadana - Capitulo Panameno de Transparencia Internacional

Angelica Maytin Justiniani




Transparencia Paraguay

María del Pilar Callizo




Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)

Juana Kuramoto


Centro Latinoamericano de Estudios y Cooperacion para el Desarollo (CENLAT)

Diego Asunción Palomino Cotrina


Instituto de Estudios Políticos y Jurídicos Internacionales (IDEPJI)

Percy Antonio Palomino


Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos

Javier Torres Seoane


Asociacion Interetnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP)

Robert Guimaraes Vasquez


Centro para el Desarrollo Urbano y Rural (CEPDUR)

Alba Mota


Centro para el Desarrollo Urbano y Rural (CEPDUR)

Martha Pro Santana


Proética-Consejo Nacional para la Etica Publica

Carlos Fernando Fonseca Oliveira




República Dominicana/ Dominican Republic


Participación Ciudadana

Javier Cabreja


Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNLODE)

Natasha Despotovic


Fundación Federalista

Ramon Guzman Rojas


Fundación Nacional para la Democracia

Birmania E.Ramirez Peguero


Red de Encuentro Dominico Haitiano Jacques Viau

Joseph Cherubin

Inoelia Remy


Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer (CLADEM)

Zobeyda Alejandrina Cepeda Peña


Trinidad and Tobago/Trinidad y Tobago


Network of NGOS Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women

Hazel Brown


Faculty of Social Sciences, University of West Indies

Adele Jones


United States/Estados Unidos


Alianzas de Mesas Redondas Panamericanas

Fabiola Chiriboga


Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition

Marisa Ugarte


B'nai B'rith International

Susan M. Silverman


Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional

Victoria Amato


Coalicion Internacional de Organizaciones para los Derechos Humanos en las Americas

Pauline Boinot


Global Rights-Partners for Justice

Carlos Fernando Quesada




Haitian- American Grassroots Coalition inc.

Philippe Bien-Aime

Carline Paul

Ivan Morisseau

Lucie Tondreau

Yasmine Abellard


National Council of Hispanic Women

Martha Gutiérrez-Steinkamp


Partners of the Americas

Stephanie Beckmann

Lelia Mooney Sirotinsky

Nicole Spencer


Transparency International

Ximena Salazar


University of California Davis

Gustavo Collantes



Vanel Benus


Freedom House

Joseph McSpedon


Democracy Coalition Project

Angel Alonso Arroba



Constructores de Paz

Giannina Olivieri


Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas (ALBA)

Carmen Jaqueline Giménez Telleria

Franco Iacona

Al Martinez


Asociacion Civil Consorcio Justicia

Carlos Ponce


Fundación Venezuela Propositiva

Geraldina De Sousa Couto


Gente de Soluciones

Aixa Armas

Sonia Ecarri


Asociación Civil Súmate

Rosa Rodríguez

Important liste contacts.



Dr. Joseph Cherubin   (Dominican Republic)

Executive Director

Moviento Socio Cultural

Para los trabajadores Haitianos


C/Eel Sol #03.Urb Sol de Luz Villa Mella

Apdo. Postal 125.Santo Domingo Norte

Tel: 809-741-1990

Fax: 809-741-1988

Cel: 809-334-7101

e-mail moscth@verivon.net.do


Jean Paul Edmond, Ed. M

Consultant Ministere Education Nationale

Conseiller Gnl AFASDA

Rotary Club Cap-Haitien

145 Rue 21 J-K. Po Box 320

Cap-Haitien, Haiti (W.I.)

Cel: 011-509-557-4626

 Office: 011-509-262-2558

Fax 011-509-262-6319

E-mail jpemond@yahoo.fr   



Global Rights

Partners for Justice

Carlos Quesada

Latin America Director

1200 18th street, NW

Washingto, DC 20036

Tel :202-822-4600 ext. 62




CURE Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants     

Charlie Sullivan

Po.Box 2310

Washington D.C.20013-2310

Voice: 202-789-2126

Fax: 413-845-9787

E-mail: cure@curenational.org









The Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition is about to embark in a major campaign for new immigration legislation initiatives in the U.S Congress this year. President George W. Bush has already indicated his commitment to give green cards to 3,000,000 Mexicans. While we are very pleased to see Mexican immigrants get their fair share in getting treated humanly by the Administration, we can not say that other deserving immigrants are having the same treatment and opportunity. Since 1999, several legislators have introduced immigration legislations to to give relief to Central American and Haitian Refugees under the Central American and Haitian Parity Act. In 1999 and 2000, anti-immigrants force in Congress and groups like FAIR have torpedoed these initiatives. If America is big enough to provide relief to 3,000,000 immigrants, is it too much to ask to give a break to about 600,000 deserving immigrants from Central and Haiti.

If you are willing to participate in the struggle for equal treatment for immigrants rights, you can join us today and we do invite you to be among our advocates at the national level. The time is now!

Jean-Robert Lafortune
P.O Box 381416
Miami, Florida 33238



As the result of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, conservative elements and anti-immigrants forces in Congress are having a field day. They have taken advantage of the anti-immigrants mood to carry on their anti-immigrant agenda. The Attorney General John Ashcroft has virtually obtained a carte blanche in Congress to bend the rules and the law of the land under the pretext of identifying terrorists.

Facing the new reality, immigrant advocates need to reasses their strategy and react appropriately to conservative rethorics. If you wish to join the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition movement to get justice for Immigrants and Haitian immigrants, you can join our e-mail list serve at: