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MIAMI (LE FLORIDIEN) -- Haïti est au point mort depuis le 7 février, jour où le peuple a décidé de sortir en masse dans les quatre coins du pays pour exprimer sa colère contre l’in- compétence du gouvernement Moïse-Ceant. En conséquence, les portes des établissements scolaires sont restées closes, les administrations désespéré- ment fermées, et les magasins qui ont survécu aux pillages ont baissé leurs rideaux. Même le carnaval du Mardi Gras au- quel les Haïtiens tiennent beau- coup a été remis aux calendes grecques faute de visibilité sur le court terme. D’un point de vue socio-économique, Haïti est aujourd’hui sur une sorte de faille tectonique extrêmement

dangereuse. Moise a déjà reçu 3 avertissements sismiques en à peine 4 mois. Or tout le monde craint l’arrivée du "Big one" qui risque de tout raser sur son passage en laissant un pays complètement dévasté.

Situation chaotique sur l’ensemble du territoire Chaque jour, les émeutiers excédés par les injustices aux- quels ils font face au quotidi- en battent le pavé pour laisser éclater leur colère : barricades avec des pneus brûlés, vols, de- structions des biens publics et privés, jets de pierre… plus le temps passe, et plus la révolte gagne en violence.

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Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Pres- ident Trump declared a national emergency at the border on Friday to access billions of dollars to build a border wall that Congress refused to give him, trans- forming a highly charged policy dispute into a funda- mental confrontation over separation of powers.

In a televised announce-

ment in the Rose Garden, Mr. Trump said he would sign the declaration to pro- tect the country from the flow of drugs, criminals and illegal immigrants coming across the border from Mexico, which he characterized as a profound threat to national security.

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Page 5 Chaque jour, les émeutiers excédés par les injustices auxquels ils font face au quotidien battent le pavé pour laisser éclater leur colère : barricades avec des pneus brûlés, vols, destructions des biens publics et privés, jets de pierre… plus le temps passe, et plus la révolte gagne en violence.


Western University anthropology professor Greg Beckett has written an ethnography that shares sto- ries of Haitians navigating the environmental, urban and political crises plaguing their nation.

Beckett’s book, There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince, is based on the re- search he conducted in Haiti between 2002 and 2012.

In 2010, Haiti suffered a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that left 220,000 to 300,000 dead and 1.5 million dis- placed. Despite the allocation of $13.34 billion for disaster relief by various international agencies, Haiti has yet to recover.

“The earthquake in Haiti … was a very big disas- ter because of the stark vulnerability in Haiti before the quake. The problem with the reconstruction is that those underlying conditions haven’t changed.

In some cases, they have worsened,” said Beckett.

“The reconstruction effort has left Haiti poorer, more dependent and more vulnerable to new kinds of di- sasters.”

The international community's intervention in Haiti has turned the country into what is often referred to as a “Republic of NGOs.” Beckett explained Haiti has not been given the opportunity to make its own

decisions or lead its own developmental programs.

According to Beckett, however, Haiti’s environmen- tal crisis started long before the earthquake. Defor- estation, which has wiped out nearly all of Haiti’s native forests, has forced hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in rural communities to move to the capital, Port-au-Prince. This urban crisis was not met with the necessary resources from the government,

failing to effectively relocate Haitians or create jobs for them. This problem was only exacerbated by the earthquake. The environmental crisis, combined with the urban crisis, spiralled into a political crisis.

“Those two underlying conditions make for a lot of social inequality in the country and that’s pushed a lot of people to protest against the government. You’ve got the majority of the people pushing for democra- cy and a very, very small elite that want to maintain control of the country,” said Beckett.

While there is no shortage of books on Haiti and the challenges the country faces, Beckett touts his book as a unique perspective on the Haitian crisis.

“I wanted to do something a little different. The book is driven by stories of people’s experiences. So in- stead of talking about what the crisis is in Haiti, my wager is that we need to pay attention to how the cri- sis feels,” said Beckett. “In Haiti, people talk about crisis as something that is forever. It is not a disrup- tion, it is everyday life.”

There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince is available for pre-order now and will be released on Feb. 26.

Source: westerngazette.ca

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Western professor publishes book on Haitian crisis

Western professor Greg Beckett. Courtesy of Greg Beckett

Caribbean Writers Series Welcomes Haitian-American Author and Activist

Through spoken words and song, noted Haitian-Amer- ican professor, anthropologist, poet, feminist, perfor- mance artist, and activist Gina Athena Ulysse, Ph.D., delivered a poignant keynote address at the 14th Annual Caribbean Writer’s Series in The Little Theatre at St.

John’s University on Thursday, February 7.

“My work is about bringing attention to a history that is difficult to look at, precisely because it is difficult,”

said Dr. Ulysse in her address, which included passages that were shared in Haitian Creole. “Yet, I believe part of the work we need to do is to learn how to sit with the uncomfortable.”

Born in Pétion-Ville, Haiti, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Dr. Ulysse emigrated to the United States when she was 11 years old. She has authored numerous essays, arti- cles, and books focusing on myriad issues in her be- loved homeland, but also draws from and contributes to a long tradition of writing and activism in the Caribbean region and the broader black diaspora.

“There are things in my books and other projects that I wrote when I was 18 years old,” she said, explaining that the Caribbean nation continues to suffer from is- sues of social injustice and poverty. “I am reading my old words and seeing a timelessness and a timeliness…

and I am wishing that the work did not still have rele- vance today.”

Throughout her 90-minute address and Q&A session, Dr. Ulysse drew from her various works, which in- clude Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), and

Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, me & THE WORLD (Wesleyan University Press, 2017).

“The Caribbean Writers Series fulfills the mission of St.

John’s at so many different levels,” remarked Simon G.

Møller, Ph.D., Interim Provost, Vice President for Aca- demic Affairs, and Professor, Biological Sciences.

“As a global university, by bringing to campus Ca- ribbean writers, we as a community become enriched, through stories reflecting their places of origin and their knowledge and creative lives that have come from the broad Caribbean region.”

“I am Haitian and black, and that is part of my work,”

Dr. Ulysse said, “but a big part of what I am interested in doing in my work is to connect to the broader black

diaspora. Haiti is my point of departure, but it is not my point of arrival.”

A professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, Dr. Ulysse considers her writing a therapeutic process. “Part of my work is to deal with the uncomfortable,” she explained. “I write to calm myself down. It is a space for me to escape, to meditate on, to find myself.”

That notion resonated with Tsjaniqua Jeffrey, a fresh- man Psychology major from the Caribbean island nation of St. Maarten. “She really had to find herself through her work,” she said. “Her parents weren’t fully prepared to raise an American child, and she struggled to find a balance between the two cultures.”

Raj Chetty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Caribbean Writers Series, noted that Dr.

Ulysse’s works present a unique perspective of the is- land nation of more than 11 million. “Dr. Ulysse dis- rupts the ideas about Haiti that circulate in academia, popular media, and popular culture,” he said. “Instead, through performance, art, and personal witness, she of- fers a Haiti that matters historically and continues to matter today for ideas of freedom, revolution, and cul- tural creation.”

Freshman English major Sammy Casamassino from Lake Grove, NY, took inspiration from Dr. Ulysse’s lecture. “She revealed some of her scars in her work, and she bared her soul,” she said. “She emphasized that people shouldn’t be limited by their conditions or where they live.” S: stjohns.edu

Gina Athena Ulysse, Ph.D., professor of anthropology at Wesley- an University in Middletown, CT.



FEBRUARY 16 - 28, 2019 | VOL. 19 NO. 427 HAITI NEWS

WASHINGTON/PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — Hundreds of protesters marched to the National Palace in Hai- ti's capital, Port-au-Prince, Wednesday to send a message to President Jovenel Moise: It's time to leave.

But the president has remained silent.

"We're standing here in front of the palace today, because this area does not belong to Jovenel Moise. Our taxes paid for it," a male protester told VOA Creole.

Asked how he feels about the pres- ident's silence so far, he responded,

"That's because he doesn't understand yet. By the time he gets it, it will be too late. The people are going to remove him (from power), and we'll seize his belongings, and then he'll understand."

Anger and frustration

"The head of state has shown himself to be reckless, immoral and shame- less," opposition Sen. Ricard Pierre told VOA Creole. He was part of the group gathered in front of the palace.

"A leader who has any level of self-re- spect after seeing all of these people protesting in the streets would resign.

That just goes to show you that he doesn't care about the people. He only cares about making money."

The anger and frustration expressed by the protesters has been echoed by the thousands who have marched na- tionwide to vent their frustration and anger with the president and his gov- ernment since Feb. 7. They say they are protesting against inflation, unem- ployment, corruption and the govern- ment's inability to respond to their ba- sic needs. Protesters vowed to continue their demonstrations until the president resigns.

One protest leader called on residents of all the neighborhoods in the capi- tal to march on the National Palace to show the president they mean business.

VOA Creole reporters saw CIMO (Corps d'Intervention et de Maintien de l'Ordre) security officers in position around the palace to maintain order.

Search for solutions

Earlier Wednesday, Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant met with a council of ministers to discuss the crisis.

Senate leader Carl Murat Cantave met with Moise and Ceant on Tuesday.

The senator planned to meet with an economic forum Wednesday and con- tinue consulting with members of the

democratic sector and the Core Group

— comprised of the United Nations secretary-general's special represen- tative for Haiti and ambassadors of the United States, Germany, France, Spain, the European Union and Brazil

— to try to find a solution to the polit- ical crisis.

In a communique, the Core Group said it had taken note of the protesters' de- mands but deplored the loss of life and material damages incurred.

Ambassador recalled

Meanwhile, in Washington, Haiti Am- bassador Paul Altidor confirmed to VOA Creole that he has been recalled from his post. Altidor, who has repre- sented Haiti's government in Washing- ton for seven years, is beloved by the diaspora.

He is also credited with successful- ly working to change the narrative about Haiti, such as organizing cultural events, which are often so popular they frequently sell out. Altidor sent a letter of resignation to Moise last year.

Foreign Minister Bocchit Edmond told VOA Creole that Altidor will be re- placed by Herve Denis, a former min- ister of defense. Although the reshuffle is happening in the middle of a critical crisis, the foreign minister stressed that Altidor's recall is part of a routine rota- tion of all chiefs of mission.

Bocchit said he is traveling to Wash- ington, where he is scheduled to meet with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.

US expresses concern

The State Department has expressed concern about the violent protests that have swept Haiti.

"We support the right of all people to demand a democratic and transparent government and to hold their gov- ernment leaders accountable," a State Department spokesperson for Western Hemisphere Affairs told VOA. "But there is no excuse for violence. Vio- lence leads to instability, less invest-

ment and fewer jobs."

The U.S. has also renewed its warning against travel to the country, which currently stands at Level 3, and advises travelers to reconsider planned trips to Haiti due "due to crime and civil un- rest." The most severe status is Level 4, in which the State Department advises,

"Do not travel."

Source: voanews.com

Haiti Protesters March to Presidential Palace

A tear gas canister, fired by the police, hits protesters during the clashes in front of the National Palace, in the center of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, Feb. 13, 2019, on the sixth day of protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise.


Le "maréchal" Mobutu Sese Seko était un dictateur africain qui régna sans partage sur le Zaïre pendant 31 ans (actuelle République démocratique du Congo). En plus du népotisme, son pays était surtout connu pour être l’un des plus corrompus au monde. On estimait même à une certaine époque que la fortune personnelle du tyran dépassait la dette extérieure de son pays. Les grandes puissances occidentales fermaient les yeux face à de telles ignominies pour ne pas perdre un allié stratégique en pleine guerre froide, d'autant plus que le sous-sol du pays regorge d’immenses richesses minières. Le système de détournements au sein du régime était bien rodé et tout le monde se servait au passage.

Ainsi, lorsque Mobutu voulait partir en voyage par exemple, s'il demandait 1 million de dollars à son proche collaborateur, ce dernier transmettait le message en demandant 2 millions au chef du gouvernement, qui en demandait 3 au ministre des Finances, qui en demandait 4 au directeur de la Banque Centrale, qui lui-même en sortait 5 du coffre-fort. Presque 20 ans après la fin du Mobutisme, le pays n’a toujours pas pu se relever de cette mise à sac à grande échelle. Aujourd’hui encore, la République démocratique du Congo est plongée dans une guerre civile sans fin et la population con- tinue à payer le prix fort de plusieurs décennies de pillage sans scrupule. Or, le rapprochement avec Haïti est saisissant, puisque le total des sommes dilapidées dans l’affaire PetroCaribe (3.8 milliards de dollars) représente presque le double de la dette externe du pays (2.1 milliards de dollars). Et si on n’agit pas vite pour récupérer tout cet argent, ce sont nos pauvres enfants qui devront payer l’ardoise pendant plusieurs décennies.

En parallèle, il est indispensable de nettoyer le pays de tous les corrompus en commençant par le haut de l’échelle (Présidents, ministres, directeurs). Cela permettra de donner l’exemple et de montrer que nul n’est au-dessus de la loi. Et dans ce domaine, l’expérience de Singapour pourrait être très utile à Haïti. Durant les années 60, cette cité-État insulaire était au même niveau que le Zaïre et était con- sidérée comme un pays pauvre. Aujourd’hui, c’est un des pays les plus riches au monde, en grande partie grâce à un assainissement par en haut qui a débarrassé cette nation prospère de la majorité des parasites corrompus. Pour la petite histoire, un jour, un ministre singapourien a été invité à pass- er ses vacances dans un pays étranger. Juste des "vacances", sans dessous de table. Et pourtant, à son retour, le ministre a été mis aux arrêts, jugé et emprisonné. Depuis, plus aucun haut responsable n’accepte de "cadeau" afin d’éviter tout conflit d’intérêt ou pression extérieure. Le pouvoir a lancé à travers le cas de ce ministre un signal fort au reste de la population. La morale de cette histoire, c'est que lorsqu'il s'agit de probité, l’exemple doit venir d’en haut.

En Haïti, la lutte contre la corruption doit plus que jamais être placée au sommet des priorités, et ce afin que les richesses soient mieux réparties et pour que les populations profitent d’un développement plus juste et équitable. La corruption a toujours eu un très mauvais impact sur les pauvres et les plus vulnérables, car elle augmente les coûts de la vie et réduit l’accès à certains services comme la santé, l’éducation ou la justice. Plusieurs études ont ainsi montré que ce sont les personnes dans le besoin qui sont obligées de verser un pourcentage élevé de leur revenu en pots-de-vin, ce qui ne fait qu’ac- centuer les inégalités et exacerber le sentiment d’injustice.

Il est urgent de mettre en œuvre un mécanisme efficace et indépendant de lutte contre la corruption en Haïti avant qu’il ne soit trop tard. Les pouvoirs publics disposent aujourd’hui de plusieurs leviers qu’ils peuvent utiliser pour atteindre ce but. En premier lieu, il est indispensable de réhabiliter la crédibilité de la justice qui doit toujours rester impartiale, quitte à augmenter la rémunération des magistrats pour qu’ils puissent exercer leurs tâches dans de bonnes conditions. Les sanctions contre les dirigeants corrompus doivent être exemplaires et les lois contre les pots-de-vin et le blanchiment d’argent appliquées avec vigueur pour dissuader toute récidive. La population aussi doit être sensi- bilisée dès le plus jeune âge, à l’école, pour qu’elle ne cède pas au chantage et puisse mieux défendre ses droits tout en prenant conscience de ses obligations. Sur le plan administratif, réduire le nombre de formalités et d’intermédiaires ne peut qu’être bénéfique. Aujourd’hui, les nouvelles technologies offrent un grand choix de possibilités qui permettent d’atteindre aisément cet objectif à moindre coût.

Le boulet de la corruption que traine Haïti depuis l’ère Duvalier a toujours empêché son économie de décoller sur des bases saines. Dans le classement de l’indice de perception de la corruption par pays élaboré par l’organisation Transparency International, Haïti se retrouve constamment en bas du tableau. Et cela impacte négativement la création d’emplois puisque les investisseurs étrangers ne viendront jamais placer leurs capitaux dans un pays qui n’offre pas de solides garanties. Justice, police, santé, éducation, la corruption est malheureusement généralisée et touche tous les secteurs.

Le dernier rapport sur le scandale PetroCaribe incrimine 4 présidents et 6 gouvernements. Autant dire qu’on a encore beaucoup de pain sur la planche pour laver tout ce linge sale en famille.

D. Ferdinand / LE FLORIDIEN

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Comment faire pour éradiquer la corruption en Haïti ?

Moïse affirme que l'instabilité favorise le trafic de la drogue

Le chef de l'état haitien, Jovenel Moïse, est passé à l'offensive ce jeudi 14 février 2019 en accusant l'opposition d'être liée au trafic de la drogue. Pendant les troubles des gens ont fait atterrir des appareils transportant de la drogue au Mole Saint Nicolas, a révélé le président Moïse. En tant que chef d'état je n'abandonnerai pas le pays à des gangs armés et des dealers de drogue, a t-il martelé.

Selon M.Moïse la transition, l'instabilité et le trafic de la drogue sont toujours en conexion dans la réalité Haitienne.

Implicitement il a rejeté la revendication de démission de l'opposition arguant que la proposition de transition politique serait ne- faste pour la nation. Ces gens sont contre la démocratie et un état de droit, a fait valoir le président Moïse réitérant son appel au dia- logue entre les forces vives de la nation.

Il également dénoncé le comportement de certains officiels qui avaient pris part à des manifestations aux côtés de quelques chefs de gang. Ceci ne fait pas honneur à la démocratie, a regretté M. Moïse dans son adresse à la nation après 8 jours des manifes- tations violentes sur l'ensemble du territoire.

LLM / radio Métropole Haïti

Le Sénat divisé face à la crise

Les sénateurs haitiens expriment des posi- tions divergentes face à la crise politique. Un grouoe de 12 sénateurs modérés recomman- dent au chef de l'état d'engager un dialogue avec toutes les forces vives de la nation afin de rechercher une issue à la crise. Un autre groupe de 10 sénateurs réclament la démis- sion du président Moïse.

Les sénateurs de l'opposition radicale Ne- nel Cassy, Evaliere Beauplan, Ricard Pierre ont rallié à leur cause le sénateur Youri La- tortue. Ils plaident pour un départ immédiat.

Les sénateurs Patrice Dumont, Sorel Jacin- the, Jean Renel Sénatus, Dieupie Chérubin et Ronald Lareche souhaitent que la démission soit organisée par le président du Sénat.

Le président Moïse peut compter sur une ma- jorité relative des 12 membres du Groupe des Sénateurs pour l'Equilibre Politique (GSEP) ainsi que sur plusieurs sénateurs membres du PHTK ou de partis alliés.

Dans le même temps un groupe de 9 députés de l'opposition radicale exigent également la démission du chef de l'état. L'opposition radicale est très minoritaire à la chambre des députés qui compte plus de 100 élus.

LLM / radio Métropole Haïti



FEBRUARY 16 - 28, 2019 | VOL. 19 NO. 427 BROCKTON NEWS

'She was evil': Haitian woman claims racial abuse at Market Basket

By Marc Larocque, The Enterprise BROCKTON, Mass. — Having lived in Brockton for 24 years, gaining her U.S. citizenship as an immigrant from Haiti during the ’90s, Lola Jean-Bap- tiste said she had never experienced such vicious, visceral racism before.

The 58-year-old said that on Feb. 1 she was at the Market Basket store next to the Westgate Mall, where she waited for a parking space to become available and eased her car into the spot. Then, suddenly, she heard yelling and honk- ing, before seeing a woman in a vehi- cle that had stopped behind her Mer- cedes-Benz, angrily yelling racial slurs at her through an open window, The Enterprise reported.

“She said, ‘You don’t belong here. Go back to Africa where you come from, f--- N-word,’” said Jean-Baptiste, re- counting the incident when interviewed by The Enterprise on Sunday. “As soon as she started talking like that, I ran into Market Basket.”

Jean-Baptiste said she was complete- ly shocked by the situation, but still went on with her shopping. But then, about 15 minutes later, inside the store, Jean-Baptiste said she again encoun- tered the woman, who claimed that she had been waiting for the same parking space, and then angrily hurled more ra- cial slurs.

The woman, who Brockton police said on Tuesday they have now identi- fied, was initially described as a white woman in her 50s with glasses and dark brown hair. The woman bragged about how she had vandalized the 2013 model Mercedes-Benz, according to Jean-Baptiste.

Police say the suspect is an Easton woman who will face a court summons on charges of a civil rights violation and malicious destruction of property.

She was not immediately identified on Tuesday.

To top it off, Jean-Baptiste said the woman committed assault, ramming a shopping cart into her multiple times during the confrontation inside the store. During that run-in, Jean-Baptiste took cellphone pictures of the wom- an, who was also taking pictures while

claiming she would report the Hai- tian-American to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“She went back to me, ‘You f--- N-word, I just f--- up your car. I just f--- up your car,’” said Jean-Baptiste.

“She said, ‘I’m taking your picture to send to ICE.’ I said, ‘What did you do?’

I followed her. And as soon as I get my phone, she saw me. She hit me with a cart. My telephone fell on her cart.

When I tried to pick up my phone inside her cart, she yelled, ‘Help, help!’ It’s so painful. It’s so humiliating. I don’t even want to talk about this. It’s so tough to talk about.”

At that point, two women from the Market Basket staff came over and escorted Jean-Baptiste to pay for her things and get to her car, the Brockton woman said. Outside, she found that her Mercedes-Benz had been keyed, with scratches all over the hood and driver’s side door.

Jean-Baptiste said the Market Basket employees allowed the other woman to finish her shopping and get away, with- out taking down her license plate num- ber. Jean-Baptiste also said that, since then, Market Basket has been unwilling to provide her with surveillance images.

Market Basket, however, told The En- terprise that it provided all of its evi- dence, including the suspected identity of the suspect, to the Brockton Police Department.

Market Basket released the following statement to WCVB:

"This was a disturbing incident and we are grateful our associates acted quick- ly to assist Ms. Jean-Bapstiste by stay- ing with her while they contacted the Brockton Police. We promptly provid- ed the police with information to as- sist them, including the identity of the suspect. We are working with police as they continue their investigation."

Jean-Baptiste said she reported the in- cident to police, including an officer who responded to the scene. Brockton police filed a short report about the inci- dent, listing one offense: malicious de- struction of property under $1,200. The police report, which is two paragraphs long, documents the racist language al- legedly used by the woman and states that no criminal charges are being filed at this time.

But since then, the story has blown up on social media after a post detailing the incident was shared hundreds of times since it was published on Facebook by Jean-Baptiste’s daughter, 24-year-old Corie Blain. The post included a couple of photos taken by Jean-Baptiste of the alleged assailant, showing her pushing a shopping cart, wearing a New En- gland Patriots shirt.

“I’m grateful I made it public. At the same time, it does expose you to more hate,” said Blain, noting that she re-

ceived several racist messages in her Facebook inbox after posting her moth- er’s story, including one calling her mother a “c--- monkey” who deserved the racial abuse.

“Racism shouldn’t exist in Brockton. It shouldn’t exist in this country at all. I went to Catholic school and my parents took care of me so I would be educat- ed, so I wouldn’t perpetuate that kind of hatred. It really boggles my mind,"

Blain said.

The Brockton Area Branch NAACP has taken up Jean-Baptiste’s cause, calling on the Police Department to get to the bottom of the incident, identify the other woman and charge her not only with malicious damage to property, but also assault and a hate crime, due to the racist motivation allegedly behind the attack. Phyllis Ellis, president of the Brockton NAACP branch, said an ini- tial police report summarizing the inci- dent was insufficient because it didn’t document the alleged assault involving the shopping cart, and it didn’t include any finding of a hate crime. Ellis sent a letter to Mayor Bill Carpenter and Po- lice Chief John Crowley, urging them to step up the investigation and to prose- cute hate crimes.

“The mayor responded and said it’s an ongoing investigation and that this sort of thing should never happen,” said El- lis, speaking to The Enterprise on Mon- day. “I’m baffled. I’m upset. I know this goes on all over the place all the time, but when it’s right in your backyard over a parking space? Come on. It’s un- believable. I’m waiting for the results.”

Jean-Baptiste, Blain and Ellis each said that they wished Market Basket had done more to intervene when racist be- havior took place in their store, and they said the store should have done more to help identify the woman who allegedly spewed the racist vitriol.

David McLean, operations manager for Market Basket, got back to The Enter- prise on Tuesday, stating that the busi- ness, in fact, turned over surveillance camera evidence and identifying infor- mation about the suspect to Brockton police.

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Jean-Baptiste (right, sitting, with daughter Corie Jean Baptiste) said the suspect hurled racist slurs at her in the supermarket, then rammed her legs with a shopping buggy. (Images courtesy of Facebook / Alyssa Stone for The Enterprise).


If you are married or get- ting married in the near future, you should be thinking about getting prenuptial or postnup- tial agreement. Money and communication are typically two of the top three reasons people get divorced. Where one or both spouses have signif- icant assets before they get married, the spouses may create prenuptial agreements to protect those assets. Similarly, if the spouses obtain a large amount of assets during the course of their marriage, they may enter into a postnuptial agreement as a way of telling the court how they wish such assets to be treated in the case of a divorce even where a di- vorce was not started.

A prenuptial agreement is made before the mar- riage. In this type of agreement, the couple de- termines how they will divide their assets should the marriage ever come to an end. Prenups aren’t only meant to establish how a couple’s assets will be divided after divorce. These agreements also spell out financial distributions in case of a spouse’s death, which is for the most part im- portant for couples with children from previous marriages. Spouses can amend or revoke their prenuptial agreement at any time after they are married. It’s also important to understand that prenups are not guaranteed to be enforced and may be discarded by the courts if they are signed

under duress or don’t meet certain requirements so it’s crucial to have an experienced attorney draft them.

A postnuptial agreement is similar to a prenup- tial agreement. However, a postnuptial is drafted after the marriage has been legally establishes, at which point your property is considered marital property. Many couples opt for postnups simply because they ran out of time to sign a prenup.

Several see the procedure as an uncomfortable, stressful process that is better being put off until after the wedding. However, couples who have already been married for five, 10 or even 20 years, can also decide to sign a postnup.

Without a pre or postnuptial agreement Florida courts will follow the equitable distribution prin- ciples, and the court will enforce an “equitable”

distribution of the property and assets of the mar- riage based on the circumstances of the parties.

Prenuptial’s and postnuptial’s should therefore:

• Define what property is separate property and marital property

• Protect your separate property or eliminate all your rights to property

• Ensure debt protection if one spouse comes to the marriage with debt

• Protect the financial stability of your children

• Protect your business and who will be running it• Establish, modify, waive, or eliminate

spousal support

• Make a will, trust, or other arrange-

ments to carry out the provisions of the agree- ment• Specify ownership rights in and disposition of the death benefit from a life insurance policy

• Specify the right to act as an executor and ad- ministrator of your or spouse's estate

• Reduce conflicts and save money in case of a divorce

• Clarify special agreements and establish proce- dures and ground rules for deciding future mat- ters

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are often criticized but the reality is that they are simply misunderstood. They are an ideal way to protect each other from potentially making decisions in the future from a place of anger and resentment.

Divorce is often considered one of the most trau- matic events in a person’s life. However, if you can quickly and amicably handle the financial details even before you marry or decide to di- vorce it can remove some of the pain from the process.

Patricia Elizee is the managing partner of Elizee Law Firm, P.A. The firm focuses on Immigration and Family Law cases. Ms. Elizee can be reached at (305) 371-8846. The law firm is located at 1110 Brickell Avenue, Suite 315, Miami, Florida 33131.

By Patricia Elizée, Esq.

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McClean said “There’s no place for racism,”

and he defended the response of Market Basket managers who intervened during the incident, stating that they were initially un- aware of the nature of the conflict between the two women. McClean said the staff did not let the suspect get away, but that she left the building before Jean-Baptiste went outside, discovered the vandalism and sum- moned the police.

McClean said Market Basket was able to identify the suspect because, before she fled the building, she gave a male companion a card with identifying information that was used to pay at checkout. McClean said Mar- ket Basket spent the following weekend re- viewing the incident and providing surveil- lance video and other evidence to Brockton police on Feb. 4.

“I know the police have all the informa- tion we have. We preserved our evidence,”

said McClean, speaking to The Enterprise.

“There was a manager who stayed with (Jean-Baptiste after the incident inside the store took place), and another associate who stayed with her. We don’t know the whole story at first as this is happening, just that it was a conflict between two people. ... (The suspect) left before Mrs. Jean-Baptiste left.

(The suspect) wasn’t allowed to continue to shop. That’s totally inaccurate.”

A police spokesman said the case is being considered a potential hate crime, that the police report could be expanded with addi- tional information and that the incident re- mains under investigation.

“Police are reviewing this as a possible hate crime and are actively seeking to identify the suspect,” said Darren Duarte, spokes- man for the Police Department. “Police will file an arrest report/court complaint once the suspect’s identity is confirmed and the in- vestigation is complete. The incident report referred to in this case and filed on the day of the complaint is not an indication of fi- nal charges nor does it contain all evidence gathered up to this point.”

Jean-Baptiste said the incident left her rat- tled and unable to sleep for several days, as she recalled the look of hatred she saw in the eyes of a woman who was degrading her and telling her she doesn’t belong in this country.

“I’ve been in this country for so long. I’m a U.S. citizen,” said Jean-Baptiste, a mother of two. “This has never happened to me. That’s why it hit me so hard. ... I thought everyone was human. She was evil, the way she said it, with this anger she had about someone she didn’t even know. I don’t get it. I don’t understand it. I belong here.”

'She was evil': Haitian woman claims

racial abuse at Market Basket



FEBRUARY 16 - 28, 2019 | VOL. 19 NO. 427 HAITI - USA - DRUG

This ex-cop pretended he was part of Haiti president’s security. He’s in DEA custody

e is one of the U.S. Drug En- forcement Administration’s most wanted fugitives, accused of being a part of a four-man drug ring transporting cocaine into Miami from Port-au-Prince.

Now Jean Ednor Innocent, a former Haiti National Police officer who on Monday tried to pass himself off as a member of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse’s presidential security detail in the streets of Port-au-Prince, is in U.S.

custody after spending 13 years as a fu- gitive from the law.

Innocent arrived in South Florida Wednesday after being extradited from Haiti, where he was arrested two days earlier by Haiti National Police.

“We’ve been looking for him because he has an international warrant out for his arrest,” said the new head of Haiti’s judicial police., Joany Canéus. “Every time these guys know they have one of these warrants against them, they try to find a way to ... stay out of the spot- light. But every person has their day.”

For Innocent, that day arrived Monday when cops in the president’s security detail spotted him along the motorcade route to the National Palace dressed as one of them, in camouflage fatigues and an olive-green T-shirt.

“When they looked, they saw him—

someone who has been fired from the police, who is no longer an officer.

He was armed, wearing the same uni- form as them ... along the presidential route,” Canéus said. “They arrest- ed him, entered the palace with him, called [my office] and the government prosecutor.”

It was the second drug-trafficking-re- lated arrest in days, and the second major arrest of someone trying to im- personate a Haiti National Police offi- cer. Last week, Haiti Police Chief Mi- chel-Ange Gédéon personally arrested a government employee who had been passing himself off to journalists and others in the Haitian diaspora in inter- views and text messages as the chief.

On Friday, Haiti’s anti-narcotics po- lice arrested six individuals, including two Bahamians, an American and three

Haitians, in Môle-Saint-Nicolas after an airplane landed in the coastal city along Haiti’s northwest. No drugs were found aboard the airplane, said Canéus, but they had received information that the group was engaged in drug-traf- ficking activities in the area and indi- viduals had been waiting for days for the plane’s arrival. The investigation is ongoing and the six remain in police custody.

All the arrests have come despite days of violent anti-government protests in major cities across Haiti. Frustrated and angry Haitians are taking to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and economic mismanagement and to de- mand the resignation of Moïse.

“The message of the Haiti National Police today is simple and clear: It’s here to guarantee the security of every- one, their property and all public insti- tutions. It will not fail in its mission;

where disorder is, it will not ignore it even when preoccupied by other activ- ities,” Canéus said. “It will do what it needs to oversee the protests but there are other units in the police prepared to intervene where need be.”

Known as “Flex,” or “The Comandan- te,” Innocent was indicted along with three others by a Miami jury in 2006.

He was charged with two counts of knowingly and intentionally conspir- ing to import and distribute 5 kilo- grams or more of cocaine into the Unit- ed States. He faces life in prison under each count.

Canéus said he cannot say with cer- tainty if Innocent had been hiding out in Haiti all of this time. During po- lice questioning, Innocent said he had bought the uniform, as well as others found in his car along with several Na- tional Identification cards. He said he was in the area because he was getting a cellphone fixed nearby.

“We asked him a lot of questions, but it was clear he was someone who was hiding something,” Canéus said. “How is it that you are armed and you have a bunch of police uniforms in your pos- session? Why is it at the very moment that the president is passing that you’re along the route?

“This is a man who is very dangerous ... a real troublemaker,” he added.

Sources familiar with Innocent’s histo- ry say he was a member of former Hai- ti President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s presidential security detail, who has been on the DEA’s radar since 2004, the same year he was implicated in the burning of a radio station in Port-au- Prince. But just as U.S. agents failed to arrest wanted trafficker and rebel leader Guy Philippe until his 2017 arrest, they also failed in attempts to capture Inno- cent. Accused of aiding a former Haiti National Police officer who coordinat- ed drug loads into the U.S., Innocent is part of the era when Haiti flourished as a “narco-state,” and Colombian co- caine smugglers would routinely hire local cops to protect their loads flown in on planes that landed at night on dirt roads illuminated with the headlights of police cruisers.

A U.S. crackdown on cocaine smug- gling through Haiti has yielded the con- victions of more than a dozen drug traf- fickers, including Haitian senior police officers and a former Haitian senator.

Among them: Beaudouin “Jacques”

Ketant, a Haitian narco-trafficker who accused former Aristide of turning a blind eye to the cocaine. Ketant, initial- ly sentenced to 27 years in a U.S. pris- on, was deported to Haiti in 2015 when his term was cut in half after assisting the feds in their investigation.

By Jacqueline Charles Source : Miami Herald

Jean Ednor Innocent, a former Haiti National Police officer who on Monday tried to pass as a member of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse’s presidential security detail in Port-au-Prince, is in U.S. custody after spending 13 years on the lam. He faces life in prison in the U.S. on conspiracy drug trafficking charges. (Photo Haiti National Police)



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“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we’re going to do it one way or the other,” he said. “It’s an invasion,” he added. “We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country.”

The declaration will enable Mr. Trump to divert $3.6 billion budgeted for military construction projects to the border wall, White House officials said. Mr. Trump will also use more traditional presidential budgetary discre- tion to tap $2.5 billion from counternarcotics programs and $600 million from a Treasury Department asset for- feiture fund.

Combined with the $1.375 billion authorized for fenc- ing in a spending package passed by Congress on Thurs- day night, Mr. Trump would then have about $8 billion in all to advance construction of new barriers and repairs or replacement of existing barriers along the border this year, significantly more than the $5.7 billion that Con- gress refused to give him.

The president’s decision, previewed on Thursday, trig- gered instant condemnation from Democrats and some Republicans, who called it an unconstitutional abuse of his authority.

“This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed pres- ident, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said in a joint statement.

The two vowed to try to overturn the decision, appealing to Republicans to join them. “The president is not above the law,” they said. “The Congress cannot let the presi- dent shred the Constitution.”

House Democrats plan to introduce legislation to block the president’s move, which could pass both houses if it wins the votes of the half-dozen Republican senators who had criticized the planned declaration. That would put the president in the position of issuing the first veto of his presidency.

In addition to a legislative effort to stop Mr. Trump, the issue will almost certainly be taken to court, either by congressional Democrats, liberal advocacy groups or both. Legal experts have said the administration can make serious arguments to justify its move, but added that courts may decide that it is stretching the intent of the law. The Supreme Court is controlled by a five-mem- ber conservative bloc but in recent years has reined in Republican and Democratic presidents who were judged to be exceeding their authority.

White House officials rejected critics who said Mr.

Trump was creating a precedent that future presidents could use to ignore the will of Congress. Republicans have expressed concern that a Democratic commander in chief could cite Mr. Trump’s move to declare a na- tional emergency over gun violence or climate change without legislation from Congress.

“It actually creates zero precedent,” Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told reporters on Fri- day morning. “This is authority given to the president in law already. It’s not as if he didn’t get what he wanted and waved a magic wand to get some money.”

Presidents have declared national emergencies under a 1970s-era law 58 times and 31 of those emergencies remain active. But most of them dealt with foreign cri- ses and involved freezing property or taking other ac- tions against national adversaries, not redirecting money without explicit congressional authorization.

White House officials cited only two times that such emergency declarations were used by presidents to spend money without legislative approval — once by President George Bush in November 1990 during the run-up to the Persian Gulf War and again by his son, President George W. Bush, in November 2001 after the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsyl- vania.

In both of those cases, the presidents were responding to new events — the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and Al Qae- da’s assault on America — and were moving military money around to use for military purposes. Neither was taking action specifically rejected by Congress.

In Mr. Trump’s case, he is defining a longstanding situ-

ation at the border as an emergency even though illegal crossings have actually fallen in recent years. And un- like either of the Bushes, he is taking action after fail- ing to persuade lawmakers to go along with his plans through the regular process.

The spending package passed by Congress on Thursday after a two-month showdown with the president includ- ed none of the $5.7 billion that Mr. Trump demanded for 234 miles of steel wall. Instead, it provided $1.375 billion for about 55 miles of fencing. Mr. Trump agreed to sign the package into law anyway to avoid a second government shutdown after the impasse over border wall funding closed the doors of many federal agencies for 35 days and left 800,000 workers without pay.

White House officials said Mr. Trump would sign that spending package later on Friday or perhaps on Satur- day, saying that the bill had not yet been formally deliv- ered from Capitol Hill. Mr. Trump plans to leave Wash- ington on Friday afternoon for a long holiday weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

For weeks, Republicans led by Senator Mitch McCon- nell of Kentucky, the majority leader, urged Mr. Trump not to declare a national emergency, but the president opted to go ahead anyway to find a way out of the polit- ical corner he had put himself in with the failed effort to force Congress to finance the wall.

Mr. McConnell privately told the president he would support the move despite his own reservations, but warned Mr. Trump that he had about two weeks to win over critical Republicans to avoid having Congress pass a resolution rejecting the declaration.

Mr. Trump was among those Republicans who criti- cized President Barack Obama for what they saw as overstepping his executive authority after failing to win policy fights with Congress. “Repubs must not allow Pres Obama to subvert the Constitution of the US for his own benefit & because he is unable to negotiate w/

Congress,” Mr. Trump wrote in 2014.

By Peter Baker Source: nytimes.com By KATIE GALIOTO

Sen. Kamala Harris called for the legalization of mar- ijuana at a federal level in a Monday morning inter- view, making her the latest 2020 contender to weigh in on an issue that has become front-and-center as the presidential campaign season begins.

“Half my family’s from Jamaica,” the California Democrat said, laughing when asked to respond to those who think she’s opposed to legalizing recre- ational use of the drug. “Are you kidding me?”

Appearing on “The Breakfast Club,” a New York City-based radio show, Harris also said she smoked a joint in college.

“And I inhaled,” she added, joking in reference to President Bill Clinton’s comments on the campaign trail in 1992 that he smoked marijuana but “didn’t inhale it.”

When asked whether she would smoke again if the federal government were to legalize the recreational use of the drug, Harris laughed and replied: “Listen, I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy.”

The former San Francisco district attorney and Cali- fornia attorney general said legalization would have to come with some caveats, emphasizing a need for

research on the effects of marijuana on the develop- ing brain and a means for regulating use of the drug while driving.

Harris' calls follow the lead of multiple others seek- ing the White House. Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jer- sey Democrat and one of Harris’ top opponents for the party’s nomination, introduced a bill in 2017 that would legalize marijuana use at a federal lev- el and encourage states to legalize it locally through incentives. By attaching the issue to himself early on, Booker — one of the early top prospects for the Democrats in 2020 — all but forced contenders to take a stance on the legalization of marijuana.

Harris also touched on race and mass incarceration in relation to marijuana use, leading to broader dis- cussions of her agenda for African-Americans. When asked, the senator said she is in favor of some form of reparations.

“We have got to recognize, back to that earlier point, people aren’t starting out on the same base in terms of their ability to succeed,” she said. “So we have got to recognize that and give people a lift up.”

As she outlined her agenda — highlighting plans for historically black colleges and universities, tax proposals to address poverty and criminal justice re- forms — Harris defended President Barack Obama when asked about African-Americans who say the former president didn’t do enough for the black pop- ulation.

“None of us can do enough. And we all know that,”

Harris said. “If you are a parent raising a child, you know we can never do enough. As leaders, we can never do enough. It’s important to acknowledge that.

But let’s also give people credit for what they have accomplished.”

S : politico.com

Harris calls for marijuana legalization: 'I think it gives a lot of people joy'

California Democratic Sen. Harris' call for legalizing marijuana at the federal level follows the lead of multiple others seeking the White House. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall



1- Erectile D y s f u n c - tion is a metabolic disease of blood ves- sels and rarely only a psycho- logical is- sue.2- Essentially all Erectile Dysfunc- tion types can be successfully treat- ed.3- Blood in the urine should never be ignored, because it can signal serious medical conditions

4- The prostate is a male reproduc- tive organ.

5- Unless there is clinically localized cancer, the entire prostate should never be removed.

6- For benign diseases of the prostate BPH, the entire prostate should nev- er be removed.

7- Benign or malignant diseases of the prostate do not cause erection problems.

8- Masturbation is not harmful to the body.

9- A man can be infertile for various reasons.

10- The male partner is responsible for infertility in at least 50 % of cases 11- Penile cancer is more common in uncircumcised males

12- Circumcision can protect against sexually transmitted diseases includ- ing HIV transmission

13- Kidney stones are formed in the kidneys and caused by various rea- sons such as dehydration and poor diet.

14- Kidney stones will typically cause pain when they block the kid-


15- Bloody ejaculation is rarely harmful or cause serious medical conditions

16- During vigorous sexual activity the penis can fracture ( break ) 17- Some baby boys are born with one or two testicles that are not de- scended in the scrotum

18- PSA (prostate specific antigen) test is not perfect, however it is one of the best test to screen for prostate cancer and follow prostate cancer patients

19- Have a rectal examination and a PSA once a year is recommended if you are black and older than 40 20- A curved penis ( Peyronies’s dis- ease ) rarely requires treatment if you are able to have sexual activity de- spite the curve.


1- Women suffer from sexual dys- function more than men

2- Female sexual dysfunction can be successfully treated

3- Hormone levels such as Estrogen and Testosterone play major roles in females’ sexual desire

4- Urinary leakage with cough or ac- tivity is more common after vaginal delivery and in obese patients – this condition is called stress urinary in- continence

5- Urinary leakage is almost always curable (or much improved ) in women

6- After hysterectomy or multiple vaginal deliveries the bladder can drop in the vagina also known as cystocele

7- After a hysterectomy a woman can develop a vesico-vaginal fistula, which leaks urine in vagina

8- Recurrent urinary tract infection is often genetic and not caused by poor hygiene

9- Urinary tract infection is not a sex- ually transmitted disease and can’t be passed on to a partner

10- Cranberry juice or extracts may help with recurrent urinary tract in- fections (UTI)

11- After menopause some women develop frequent urinary tract infec- tions

12- Urinary tract infections can cause blood to show up in the urine

13- Women with urinary urgency or urinate more than 8 times a day may have an overactive bladder

14- Women may also have urinary retention (not being able to empty the urinary bladder)

15- Frequent urination should always be evaluated in women, because it can indicate a significant medical condition

16- Women who smoke cigarettes can develop bladder cancer

17- Kidney cancer and kidney stones can also occur in women

18- Bladder pain is not always caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI) – this could indicate a signif- icant medical condition

19- Overactive Bladder is a treatable condition

20- Female patients can leak urine during sexual activity, but it is a treatable condition.

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Urology Facts for 2019

By Dr. Angelo D. Gousse


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Il tue sa femme en refermant le couvercle du spa sur elle

Un homme de l’Illinois a été accusé d’ho- micide involontaire cette semaine après la mort de sa conjointe dans leur spa.

Selon les policiers, Eric Huska aurait par- tiellement refermé le couvercle alors que sa femme, Laura, s’y trouvait toujours.

L’incident est survenu samedi après-midi dans la cour de leur résidence.

Des images de caméra de surveillance montrent le couple en train de boire alors qu’ils se trouvent dans le jacuzzi.

À un moment donné, la femme de 57 ans tente de sortir. Après avoir essayé de l’aider, M. Huska referme partiellement le couvercle sur sa conjointe avant de rentrer dans sa résidence.

L’homme n’est ressorti de la maison que 1h30 plus tard pour ouvrir le couvercle du spa. C’est là qu’il a découvert le corps inanimé de sa conjointe.

Il a aussitôt contacté les secours qui ont transporté la femme à l’hôpital où son décès a été prononcé.

«Il s’agit d’un tragique accident», a expli- qué le chef de police de Wheeling, Todd Wolff, au Chicago Tribune. «Les spas et l’alcool ne font pas bon ménage.» Eric Huska a été libéré sous caution avant sa prochaine comparution ce jeudi.

Dr. Yvens Fievre : Integrity vs Corruption

By Jaury Mendela Jean-Enard

It is the end of the Duvalier era. The young and old are fed up with tyranny, dictatorship and fear. The new word to have is democracy. The army has re- cently been disbanded and enrollment in the nation- al police force is quickly increasing with young and fairly inexperienced people. The people, especially the young ones, wanted change at all cost; and they were willing to get involved any way possible.

A 21-year old, third year college student enrolled in Haiti’s National Police as an officer. Wet behind the ears, and eager to impact change he took the police inspector exam one year later at 22 and was accepted.

He was sent to Saint-Louis Missouri for a training that lasted almost a year, after which he returned to Haiti to serve his country.

In July 1999, Yvens Fièvre, then a novice police in- spector was coming home from work in a marked police pick-up truck, when he was met with two colleagues in front of his house. While the police force was given Smith & Wesson 38 revolvers, the colleagues waiting for him had T65 assault rifles in hand in broad daylight around 3:00 pm. Luckily, out of several bullets fired his way only two struck him non-fatally. One struck him near the left shoulder blade while the other hit him near the kidney. Ac- cording to the doctors, had the bullet struck him one inch closer to the kidney, he would have been para- lyzed.

“The wounds from the bullets are still on me,” said Fièvre. “I still remember that day like it was yester- day… It was a Monday,” he closed.

Despite talks of change and democracy, police offi- cers and civilians were dying left and right for un- known reasons. In the case of Central Department Police Inspector, Yvens Fièvre, he knew exactly who was after him and why. Twenty years later, he refused to cite the name of his aggressors and why they were after him. One passed away while the other is said to be living in NY. Today, he simply calls it a matter of integrity vs corruption.

“If you want make a lot of enemies, start talking about change,” says Dr. Yvens Fièvre, now 48-year- old and living in Miami, Florida.

After being in hiding for days at friends and families’

house, Fièvre made it to the airport and managed to board a plane to Miami on an expired visa. He left his parents, and one-year old son behind. He would later receive care at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Trauma, pain and wounds would soon cause him to abandon his desire to be an agent of change. He turned to a vocation in computers that would ulti- mately lead him to being an advocate for education.

Needing a quick way to establish economic stability for himself and family back in Haiti, Dr. Fièvre en- rolled at North Miami Adult Education Center, where he would learn English. With the support of then principal Lesly Prudent, he enrolled in a computer class that ignited his love for computers. In 2000, he received a certificate in computer repair. For the next couple years, he worked with at a dry cleaner, press- ing clothes while furthering his education. In 2002 he landed his first part-time job until he landed his first part-time job as a computer specialist at Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Dr. Fièvre credit much of his success to the guidance he received from school principal, Lesly Prudent and advisor Milagros Suarez.

“The principal would come while class is in session to distribute job applications and openings,” recalls Dr. Fièvre. “That’s how I got my first job right here at Miami-Dade County Public Schools,” he continued.

Mr. Prudent is also a firm believer in ongoing edu- cation. He encouraged then Mr. Fièvre to further his education. Mr. Fièvre would go on to be awarded several computer certifications, such as the A+ and Network + certifications from the CompTIA, one of the IT industry’s top trade association. But it wouldn’t stop there. Mr. Fièvre went on to espouse the belief of his guide by pursuing in-depth education.

Seeing all that the US have to offer, Mr. Fièvre took advantage of opportunities awarded to him and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Network & Telecom- munication from Florida International University in circa 2004. In 2015 he was awarded a PhD in Cryp- tography and Network Security from University of Miami.

Dr. Fièvre is a Network Infrastructure specialist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, an employer that retained his services and expertise for 17 years and counting.

While wounds near his shoulder and kidney remind him to be ever so careful, Dr. Fièvre remains close to Haiti in various humanitarian and social capaci- ties. In 2008 he formed Many Hands International, a 501c3 that supports orphanages, clinics and schools in Haiti.

“The wounds from the bullets and surgeries remind me to be a little more careful,” said Dr. Fièvre in a melancholic voice. “But if you don’t share your knowledge with others, then your education is wast- ed,” he rebounded.

At 48 years of age and wiser, Dr. Fièvre wants to reintegrate himself in the business of Haiti. In 2017 he launched a 501c4 called T.R.U.T.H. (Transgener- ational Representation for a Universal Treatment of Haiti) with the objective of integrating the Haitian diaspora in the affairs of Haiti by working with Hai- tian legislators. He is constantly in touch with former classmates from the police academy. One such friend is Jean Gardy Muscadin, the current Inspector Gener- al of the Haitian National Police. The 501c4 had also met with Dr. Carl Murat Cantave, the current presi- dent of Haiti’s Senate.

Dr. Yvens Fievre


MIRAMAR – Haitian-American Lawyer Lody Jean, who is the Immediate Past President of the Haitian Lawyers Association (HLA) from 2017 to 2018, was celebrated Friday night for her newly appointed posi- tion as a Miami-Dade County Court Judge. She was honored by colleagues, friends, and family at a Con- gratulatory Reception held at the residence of Kertz Conze, Esq., in Miramar.

Each person in attendance who stood before the gath- ering to share their enthusiasm for the new ‘Judge Jean’ spoke with positive words and sentiments.

Judge Jean was hailed as a respected lawyer, an hon- ored friend, and a voice of temperance and reason in our modern times.

One guest said, “She commanded respect in the judi- cial sector as a lawyer.” Another stated, “Lody Jean represented her firm with intellectual honesty.”

A former co-worker in one of the firms for which she worked stood before the gathering and said, “She’s been a great colleague, an extraordinary colleague, and a steadfast friend.” Another said, “I feel uniquely blessed to have worked with her the last three years.

She is a gifted, gracious person.”

The admiration and respect was palpable, emanating from every corner of the host’s home that evening.

Judge Lody Jean clearly impacted people around her, people with whom she worked, other lawyers, and even judges within her circles.

When it came time for her to speak, Judge Jean thanked many of the HLA family members, col- leagues and friends who had helped her along the way. She reflected on the position to which she was recently appointed.

“The judge position is the best job in the world be- cause the courts embody the community’s demand that we can and will reach justice when personal dis- putes or great societal issues arise,” she said.

A few notable figures from the Haitian Community who are part of the legal field applauded Judge Jean’s remarks in the packed room. They included Judge Gordon Murray, the President of the Haitian Law- yers Association (HLA), Pedro Gassant, Esq., who emceed the gathering, the President-Elect Altanese Phenelus, Esq., past presidents Patricia Elizée, Esq., Beatrice Cazeau, Esq., and Marie Jo Toussaint, Esq., among others.

Lody Jean was born and raised in Haiti and migrated to Miami, Florida at the age of 18. She was appointed last November to her new position by former Repub- lican Governor Rick Scott to fill a spot opened by Judge Wendell Graham’s retirement. She was select- ed from among more than a dozen highly qualified candidates.

Judge Jean's official duties at North Dade Justice Center [ 15555 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach, FL 33160 ], consist of presiding over criminal mis- demeanor cases, traffic cases and civil dispute cas- es where the amount in controversy is less than


As veteran Judge Fred Seraphin made Miami-Dade history in 2001 by becoming the county's first Hai- tian-American judge, (the former assistant public de- fender was only 43 when he was appointed by then- Gov. Jeb Bush), now, 40-year-old Lody Jean has made history by becoming the first Haitian-American female to hold this position.

Judge Jean earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Studies from the Universi- ty of Miami and her Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas School of Law. For the first eight years of her legal career she was employed as an ASA in Miami-Dade County. She has been in private practice for the past six years handling immigration and criminal defense matters.

The evening was a splendid affair with guests treat- ed to some of the finest Creole appetizers, served compliments of Chef Dominique. The company was friendly and warm, and the mood festive.

As the newly appointed Haitian-American Judge, may Judge Lody Jean serve in this capacity with the same fervor, the same spirit, and the same righteous judgment that has made her such a respected member of the legal profession throughout Southern Florida.

We are excited about her new role in Florida’s court system.

D. Ferdinand / Le Floridien


FEBRUARY 16 - 28, 2019 | VOL. 19 NO. 427 COMMUNITY

Members of HLA Join Together to Honor Newly Appointed Haitian-American Judge at Congratulatory Reception



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Judge Jean thanked many of the HLA family members, colleagues and friends who had helped her along the way. Photo Le Floridien


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