Many Haitians are seeking refuge in Texas following the assassination of their president, Jovenel Moïse. Since the July murder, the country has been met with ongoing violence and political warfare.
In an attempt to escape the bloodshed, refugees have been seen migrating to the states, only to be met with more violence from the United States Border Patrol. This week, violent photos surfaced of Haitians crossing the border. The images captured were so striking, that it caught the attention of the homeland security secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas.
“I was horrified by what I saw,” Mayorkas told CNN.
While many Haitian migrants are spread across the country, a large group has been transported to Houston from Del Rio on buses, carrying as many as 65 people, according to Houston Haitians United. They were taken to a holding facility in North Harris County where most will stay until connected with family members in the United States. In the wake of their arrival to the Bayou City, here's how Houstonians can lend a helping hand.
Houston Haitians United is looking for volunteers.
The nonprofit organization is currently looking for volunteers who can cook and serve Haitian food, translate Haitian Creole, and administer COVID-19 tests. The group will also be accepting monetary donations as more refugees make their way to Houston.
You can sign up to volunteer through this survey.
The Houston Socialist Movement
The political organization created to fight for vital reforms everywhere, held an emergency demonstration in Houston Wednesday to protest the mass deportation of Haitians.
To stay up-to-date on future demonstrations, follow The Houston Socialist Movement on Facebook.
Catholic Charities Galveston-Houston
The Catholic Charities Galveston-Houston branch is providing services to eligible government-approved refugees from all backgrounds. The charity will lend assistance with public benefits, medical, and financial needs in addition to employment, vocational and immigration services. Catholic Charities is currently taking donations, as well as gift cards from Target and Walmart.
For more information on Catholic Charities, visit their website.