Many people of Haitian descent currently living in the Dominican Republic undergo forced labor on sugar mill plantations. On the plantation living quarters, called Bateys, there are little to no resources to go around when it comes to food and clothing for families living there. As a part of their case against the Dominican Republic, fighting for worker's rights and securing citizenship for Haitian immigrants, Minority Rights Advocates has been organizing service trips with Howard University students, stocking these bateys with supplies as they continue to gather legal defense.
As Minority Rights Advocates work to improve the human condition for our Haitian brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic, please support this diaspora work by donating funds to help stock the batey food pantries.
Since 2015, there have been a total of twenty-five trips to the Dominican Republic. “As part of the family of black folks who as a group find ourselves relatively underprivileged, economically deprived, and politically powerless–this is not something we have brought upon ourselves but these have been acts of injustice perpetrated upon us by others–I try to do what I can and to encourage students to do what they can to improve the human condition.” - Dr. Nikongo Bnikongo.
For more information on the case against the Dominican Republic, visit https://thegrio.com/2018/07/16/howard-dominican-republic-haiti-human-rights/