Founded in 1992 to respond to the refugee crisis faced by Haitian immigrants in the U.S. and Guantanamo Bay, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR) has provided support to hundreds of families who sought asylum in the US after being persecuted in Haiti. The organization has worked on various relief projects, including disaster relief for Haitian victims of hurricane George in 1998, and tropical storms and hurricanes that hit Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 2004, 2007, and 2008. HWHR had a relief program for September 11th victims who were displaced immigrant workers. Through this program we provided case management and financial assistance to over 200 individuals and families from Haiti, West Africa and other Caribbean Islands. Currently, HWHR provides comprehensive and culturally sensitive programs that include community education, supportive services and community organizing. Over the past decade, HWHR has also provided solidarity support to communities in Haiti to recover and rebuild in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.
HWHR focuses on creating a nurturing and trusting environment, whether it is in our physical center or through remote online platforms. We are staffed by members, who share the struggles of each of these impacted groups. With their leadership, we continue to engage our members in decision-making and organizing efforts through the spaces that we have developed (TPS Committee, SIJS Committee, and a Domestic Violence Peer Support Group). We are also working closely with our partner legal organizations including TakeRoot Justice, Brooklyn Defenders and The Door, to assure that ongoing legal services are available to our undocumented populations, with adequate language support.
Our past and present funders include Brooklyn Community Foundation – NYC Haitian Community Hope and Healing Fund, For Freedom Funds, Immigration Litigation Fund @ Borealis Philanthropy, Andrus Family Fund, Emergent Fund, Black Youth Project 100, Global Whole Being Fund, NYC Mayors Office on Immigrant Affairs, CAMBA, Chan Zuckleberg Initiative, New York Immigration Coalition, Robinhood Fund, NYCT Fund for New Citizens, The Beacon Group, Durst Family Foundation, Fund for the City of NY (the Union Square Awards), New York Foundation, Funding Exchange, North Star Fund, New York Women’s Foundation, Open Meadows Foundation, The Petra Foundation, Resist Fund, Newmans Own Foundation, and the Milarepa Fund.
Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees is a project of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, a 501(c)3 organization. All contributions made to IFCO/Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
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IFCO/Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees
418 West 145th Street, New York NY 10031
Our mailing address:
208 Parkside Ave, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11226