Dominican Republic organization works with government and community to promote tourism and economic empowerment for LGBT community
- The Center for Integrated Training and Research (COIN) has roots in the three-decade fight against AIDS in the Caribbean.
- The organization now focuses on economic empowerment , through which it has worked with government and travel industry officials and offered community workshops through its program ProActividad.
- Out U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster and his husband have worked to support the country’s LGBT community despite opposition in the conservative, Catholic-predominant country.
“We are all looking for the same thing: To eliminate negative things in order for us to build something positive.”
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As registration of Haitians in the Dominican Republic falls short of population numbers, the country looks to move forward with controversial deportations
- A little under half of the more than 500,000 migrant workers in the Dominican Republic have begun the documentation process with the Wednesday deadline looming, leaving the Haitian community, which comprises 90% of migrant workers, vulnerable to deportation.
- The situation comes as a result of the strict legal measures restricting citizenship and immigration that began with the stripping of the citizenship of Dominicans born to Haitian immigrants after 1929.
- Immigrants who have submitted themselves for registration will have 45 more days to complete the process, while the rest will be subject to deportations that the law’s opposers say can only result from community targeting and racial profiling.
“The signals are clear. …The Dominican government is setting up logistics, placing vehicles and personnel to start the process of repatriation.”
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