WHAT: Press conference to discuss the relocation of the survivors of the 2010 Haitian Earthquake to temporary shelters in San Diego
WHEN: Wednesday, September 21st at 2 p.m. PST
WHERE: Christ United Methodist Church, 3295 Meade Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 (Press conference will be live streamed via SDIRC’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/immigrantsandiego)
WHO: Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego
Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, D-San Diego
Rev. Bill Jenkins, Director of the Christ Ministry Center, and Pastor Jean Elise. Church has provided shelter to hundreds of Haitian earthquake survivors in San Diego
Father Pat Murphy, Casa del Migrante (Tijuana)
Representatives from La Maestra Community Health Centers, which has provided health screenings and checkups to Haitian earthquake survivors
- Interview with Haitian family who survived 2010 earthquake
- Elise Claudette, volunteer who is working with Haitian earthquake survivors
- Ginger Jacobs, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
- Pedro Rios, board member of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
BACKGROUND: In 2010, a massive earthquake decimated Haiti. It was a natural disaster of catastrophic proportions. The American people responded to this disaster with compassion and aid, sending resources and volunteers to help the Haitian people.
In the last several months, Haitians who have been living outside of their country have come to our borders seeking entry. Unable to return to Haiti, which is still destitute, they come to join family and friends already here. Having committed to not forsake and not forget the Haitian people in the wake of the earthquake, the United States allows them legal entry for humanitarian reasons and provides work permits so they can contribute to our country while Haiti is being rebuilt and until they can return.