Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Haitian-American Leadership Council (HALEC) is a non-profit organization. The members of this organization volunteer their time and talents to develop a legislative agenda for Haitians living within the United States, shaping local, state, national and international policy towards Haiti and its descendents.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the organization is fully operational in seven (7) states: MA, CT, NY, NJ, MD, VA and FL. Its members work to build a bridge between the Haitian-American community and the American political system.

We are working to increase our civic participation in the United States. Active participation will empower our communities, by creating an environment that protects the rights of all Haitians living in the United States.

Our New Jersey Chapter is a new addition to the HALEC family. Stay tuned for more about our Chapter and our upcoming fundraiser event.

Lets us hear back from you!


Blogger BCP said...

I thank God for the HALEC organization; The Haitian people in the US need to participate in the political process in order to affect the US and UN roles in a poisitive way in Haiti.

Haitians have suffered long and hard. It's time for the world organizations to take notice and help this country of more than 8 million people.

Haitians are being abused in the Dominican Republic and to my knowledge none of the political big names have said anything. But when Aristide was exiled 2 years ago, many of the Senators protested his removal. Twenty-four Haitians were recently killed in the Dominican Repuyblic recently; why haven't these same senators demanded an investigation in their death? Aren't their lives worth anything?

Is there someone out there who feels as I do? HALEC needs your help to bring light to Haitian issues. Please HELP!

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Joseph Makhandal Champagne Jr. said...

HIS DESIRE: To be an advocate for the rights of all people, not just fellow Haitians

WAS SPEAKER: At first International Convention of Haitian Nationals in Atlanta
Immigrants' advocate

Haitian lawyer wants stronger community
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 06/29/05
TOMS RIVER — As Joseph Makhandal Champagne Jr. begins his law practice in Ocean and Monmouth counties, one of his goals is to help bring unity to the Haitian community through education and legal representation.

Champagne, who works in both Toms River and Asbury Park, says he hopes to focus on immigration law and those he says are underserved by it, particularly Haitians, Mexicans and Muslims.

"The law, as a profession, has to be an advocate for the poor," Champagne said. "I do not want to be seen as a Haitian attorney. I am an attorney of law for justice and I want to represent the plight of all communities. I want to look out for all communities — not stand up for one community."

Champagne was one of several speakers Saturday at the First International Convention of Haitian Nationals, Haitian Organizations and Friends of Haiti, held in Atlanta. Being granted temporary protection and refugee status and getting more support for Haitian immigrants from the U.S. government were topics at the seminar.

Most important, Champagne said, is for people to learn their rights, become U.S. citizens and then to be able to exercise the right to vote as a force of unity.

Naomi Jean-Baptiste, Haitian Outreach Program project coordinator for the New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, based in Newark, said these issues are important to the Haitian community.

In Ocean and Monmouth counties, the Haitian community is growing quickly, and the Haitian Outreach Program is responding by holding a seminar in July in Asbury Park to help educate Haitian residents.

"We are hard-working people and are educated and have contributed to society as a whole," Jean-Baptiste said. "Education always helps. If you are aware of the law, you can avoid penalties."

"A lack of employment and education are the greatest threat" to a community at risk of discrimination, Champagne said.

The Toms River resident said he prays every day, first for his family and then for his com-munity. He said he wants to help make his community better.

He is grateful to those who have been there to guide him in life as he worked to pass the bar exam.

"I have many mentors, all over the place. Wherever I go, God has put someone in my path," Champagne said.

Emmanuel Coffy, 48, of the Morganville section of Marlboro, is preparing for the bar exam. He works with Champagne in Asbury Park; both are members of the Haitian American Leadership Council, based in Washington. The organization works to help Haitians to become American citizens so they can have the right to vote.

Coffy is confident about his friend's future.

"He will be successful because he has a genuine passion and love . . . to raise a better representation for all illegal immigrants."

Margaret F. Bonafide: (732) 557-5740 or bonafide@app.com

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An organization usually falls in one of three categories: 1) Client or Community intimate, 2) Operations Excellence 3) Sevices or products focus. In your opinion, how would you categorize HALEC and its mission?

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the fact that HALEC’s mission is to empower the Haitian community at the National level in order to have a voice, it would seem to me that HALEC is both community intimate as well as providing services? At the basis of its mission HALEC is striving to achieve political mobilization by encouraging its community to participate in the political process by voting with their feet. However before HALEC can achieve its goals we need to articulate the means by which we will accomplish “political unification.”

In my view the above components are crucial because they will provide the passion needed to empower each respective member to do their part.
Rock Volney

9:52 PM  

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