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. With a transnational approach, the organization has promoted climate justice and engages individuals and communities in various solidarity relief projects, including water justice in Haiti, and 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, & 2008) and the massive earthquakes that devastated parts of Haiti in 2010 and 2021. 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 legal immigration screenings and referrals, community education, supportive services, community organizing, and healing justice. 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 healing justice 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, Lutheran Social Services of New York, and The Door, to assure that ongoing legal services are available to our undocumented populations, with competent language support.
Our past and present funders include For Freedom Funds, Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF):Immigrant Rights Fund, BCF-NYC Haitian Community Hope and Healing Fund, 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 Zuckerberg Initiative, New York Immigration Coalition, Robinhood Fund, NYCT: Fund for New Citizens, The Beacon Group, Durst Family Foundation, Fund for the City of NY: Union Square Awards, New York Foundation, Funding Exchange, North Star Fund, New York Women’s Foundation, Open Meadows Foundation, Petra Foundation, Resist Fund, and Newmans Own Foundation.
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