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September 10, 2021

ABA program to focus on legal help for Haitians in time of crisis

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2021 – On Sept. 15, the American Bar Association will sponsor a panel of five legal experts to discuss how lawyers in the United States can help Haitians after the Aug. 15 earthquake and the July 7 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise.

The program, which starts at 2 p.m. ET, will feature experts from Florida, California and Washington, D.C. The goal is to share resources and policy strategies and to mobilize lawyers across the country to help Haitians access the U.S. immigration system.

The program, titled “Mobilizing Legal Resources for Haitians in a Time of Crisis: How the Legal Community Can Respond,” is co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Immigration and the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice.

It will include these panelists:

  • Krystina François, executive director of the Office of New Americans of Miami-Dade, Florida
  • Guerline M. Jozef, president of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, based in San Diego, California
  • Nicole M. Phillips, legal director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance
  • Adonia Simpson, director of policy and pro bono for the ABA Commission on Immigration 
  • Aderson B. François, a law professor at Georgetown University, will moderate. He is director of Georgetown’s Institute for Public Representation Civil Rights Law Clinic.

Members of the news media can register by contacting Marc Davis at [email protected]. All others can register here.

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