In the aftermath of last week’s earthquake in Haiti, the Dominican Republic has expressed solidarity with its neighbor.
Though Haiti and the DR share the island of Hispaniola, their histories, cultures and economies greatly differ. Racial tensions, stateless children and immigrant violence have created tensions along the border.
Martin Savidge hosts Marselha Gonçalves Margerin of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights and Michele Wucker of the World Policy Institute to discuss these unequal neighbors.
The show explores:
- the intertwined but distinct histories
- Haitian migrants in the DR and Dominicans of Haitian descent
- migration and trade along the border
- the statelessness of children born in the Dominican Republic to Haitian migrants
- the role of the Dominican Republic, the U.S. and international community
Marselha Gonçalves Margerin is the advocacy director at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights working with RFK Human Rights Award Laureates from Latin America and North Africa. She works directly with Sonia Pierre of the Dominican Republic on issues of race and discrimination facing Dominicans of Haitian descent. She has also worked with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, as well as other non-governmental, academic and international organizations.
Michele Wucker is the executive director of the World Policy Institute in New York City and the author of “Why Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle for Hispaniola.” She also was a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow working on evolving notions of citizenship, belonging and exclusion. Her work involves the politics and economics of immigration and integration, transnational political processes, the politics of culture, Latin America and the Caribbean and international finance.
Host: Martin Savidge
Producers: Lisa Biagiotti and Ben Piven
For more Worldfocus coverage of Haiti, visit our extended coverage page: Haiti’s Poor.