ICE Data Shows One in Two Haitians Detained Have Not Been Convicted of Crimes

ICE Data Shows One in Two Haitians Detained Have Not Been Convicted of Crimes

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Despite the Obama administration’s policy to prioritize dangerous criminals for post-earthquake deportations to Haiti, data obtained by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting shows that nearly one in two Haitians detained by the U.S. government have not been convicted of crimes in the United States.

Read the full post as it appeared at FCIR. This is a follow-up story to an original, November 2011 investigation into U.S. deportations to Haiti.

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PHOTO: U.S. Deportees to Haiti, Jailed Without Cause, Face Severe Health Risks

This slideshow was published by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

Longtime Fort Myers, FL resident Franco Coby looks out of the cell at the Petionville jail where he was held for seven days without charge. Coby was deported after serving a sentence for cocaine possession with intent to sell. FCIR PHOTO/JACOB KUSHNER

U.S. Deportees to Haiti, Jailed Without Cause, Face Severe Health Risks

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The United States has deported more than 250 Haitians since January knowing that one in two will be jailed without charges in facilities so filthy they pose life-threatening health risks.

An investigation by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found that the Obama administration has not followed its own policy of seeking alternatives to deportation when there are serious medical and humanitarian concerns.

Click HERE to read the full investigation at FCIR. Versions of this story were published by California Watch, the Center for Public IntegrityHuffington PostMiami Herald, the Nation Institue Investigative Fund, and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, among other outlets.

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Franco Coby, who grew up in Fort Myers, looks out of the cell at the Haitian jail where he spent seven days without charge. (Photo by Jacob Kushner/FCIR.)

VIDEO: U.S. Deportees to Haiti, Jailed Without Cause, Face Severe Health Risks

The United States has deported more than 250 Haitians since January knowing that one in two will be jailed without charges in facilities so filthy they pose life-threatening health risks.

An investigation by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found that the Obama administration has not followed its own policy of seeking alternatives to deportation when there are serious medical and humanitarian concerns.

Click HERE to watch a video interview with Texas deportee Samuel Lizius, published by FCIR.

Click HERE to watch a video interview with Illinois deportee Samuel Durand, published by WCIJ.

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