Miami Haitian Community Still Feels Earthquake's Effects, 6 Months Later

Monday, July 12, 2010

Miami skyline (flickr: miamism)

Six months after a massive earthquake shook Haiti, Haitians and Haitian-Americans are still coping with the fallout.

Today, the director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro Mayorkas will be in Miami to try and clear up some confusion over immigration status for Haitians. Days after the quake, the U.S. government gave Haitians living here what's called Temporary Protected Status, but that applied to Haitians who were living in the United States on or before January 12th — the day of the earthquake. T.P.S. was not given to Haitians who came to the United States after the earthquake.

We speak with two reporters about how Haitian communities in South Florida are still dealing with the effects of the disaster. Nadege Charles is a staff writer for the Miami Herald, and Alicia Zuckerman is a senior producer at WLRN in South Florida and co-host of WLRN's Under the Sun.

South Florida has the largest Haitian population in the country. To mark the six-month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, Under the Sun is doing a week of coverage and an hour-long special on how the earthquake has affected life in South Florida. You can follow Under the Sun's coverage at


Nadege Charles and Alicia Zuckerman

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