Migration is an intersectional issue that touches upon many issues: anti-Blackness, the carceral state, poverty, oppression, the ongoing impact of colonialism, gender based violence, LGBTQI+ discrimination, and beyond. We believe in a comprehensive approach to advocacy at the local, national, and international level. Our motto is Anpil Man, Chay Pa Lou, a Haitian proverb that means many hands make the work light. So we often work in coalition with partners to amplify our work and participate in numerous campaigns to end nefarious policies impacting the many facets of migration.
Since March 2020, the start of the Covid pandemic, the US has used the Title 42 policy as a false public health pretext to block asylum at US ports of entry and to expel migrants and asylum seekers to Mexico or their countries of persecution without access to the US asylum system or refugee protection screenings.
Researchers have tracked more than 10,000 reports of rape, torture, kidnapping and other violent attacks on asylum seekers and migrants blocked in or expelled to Mexico due to Title 42, including the May 2022 murder of Jocelyn Anselme, a 34-year-old Haitian asylum seeker, who was killed in Tijuana while blocked from seeking asylum due to Title 42.
We demand the immediate repeal of Title 42 and a halt of all expulsions under the policy.
Starting in 2019, the Trump administration used the Migrant Protection Protocols to force asylum seekers and migrants to await US immigration court proceedings in dangerous border regions of Mexico.
Black asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico faced particular risks because of their race and nationality, and were particularly targeted for violence, including kidnappings, murder, torture and rape.
While the Supreme Court ruled in 2022 that the Biden administration had the right to end the program, dismantling the program and caring for those who were victims of this horrific policy is a tall order.
HBA was an integral part of the coalitions formed to end MPP.
ICE has operated several family detention centers throughout the United States. While they have been empty as of July 2022, they have not been shut down, and they have a long history of anti-Black racism and poor conditions.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Black migrant families were disproportionately represented in these facilities. In the three months prior to the pandemic, our partner, RAICES, observed that 29% of the families detained at the Karnes County Family Residential Center in Texas were Haitian.
As the pandemic progressed, ICE released a number of non-Black families from Karnes but kept the Haitian families, and the share of Haitian families detained there increased to 44% of the total population.
Migration is an international challenge that requires more involvement by international organizations.