Transforming Communities through Relationship

Educational Resources

“Dejados Atras: Como la Apatriada en la República Dominicana limite el Aceso a la Educación de los Niños”
Reporte de Proyecto de Investigación del Instituto de Derechos Humanos de Georgetown Law, 2014

“Left Behind: How Statelessness in the Dominican Republic Limits Children’s Access to Education”
A report by Georgetown University Law School’s Human Rights Institute, 2014

“Displaced in the D.R.”
The case of Juliana Deguis Pierre, and the national context. Harper’s Magazine, May 2015

CEFASA: Informe, “Plan Nacional de Regularizacion, Avances y Retos”
Publicado por un centro Jesuita en Santiago, R.D., en diciembre de 2014, el reporte explica cuidadosamente la teoría y la práctica del proceso de “regularización,” incluyendo el contexto legal y la perspectiva de quienes viven su realidad.

No Refuge: Haitian Refugee Women in the DR
Released in February 2008, this report by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) examines the situation of Haitian migrants and asylum seekers in the DR, particularly focusing on the experience of Haitian women. The stories it relates closely parallel those of the residents of the EAB community of Batey Libertad.

No Refuge: Haitian Refugee Women in the DR (pdf)
The Jesuit Refugee Service report, in pdf format.

“Dominican Crackdown Leaves Children of Haitian Immigrants in Legal Limbo”
This New York Times online article highlights the case of a Haitian-Dominican Major League Baseball hopeful denied access to legal documents by the Dominican government. Published May 25, 2008.

“The Price of Sugar”
Documentary, released in fall 2007, explores the systematic exploitation of Haitian laborers in the sugarcane fields of the DR, gathered into the temporary shantytowns known as bateyes. Batey Libertad, in which EAB operates, began in such a fashion, and many residents still work in nearby sugarcane fields. The documentary focuses on the courageous work of Spanish priest Christopher Hartley in combating this injustice.

“The Shadow of Trujillo”
This article by EAB Director John McLaughlin, which appeared in the September 15, 2006 edition of National Catholic Reporter, describes the May 2005 raid by Dominican forces upon the community of Batey Libertad. Many EAB scholarship students, including Yuly Ramírez Estafa, the subject of this article, were unlawfully deported as a result.

“Return to History”
Testimony by EAB scholarship recipient Maritza Altagracia Michel describes her firsthand experience of the raid that occurred in her community of Batey Libertad in early May 2005.

Haitians Protest Treatment in the Dominican Republic
On October 6, 2006, National Public Radio broadcast this seven-minute audio story about the maltreatment of Haitian immigrant workers in the Dominican Republic. Batey Libertad, one of the communities where EAB is based, is one such locale where Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent are confronting this systemic injustice. (Read “The Shadow of Trujillo” by EAB Director John McLaughlin to learn more about such stories from Batey Libertad.)

“No Papers, No Rights”
As does the NPR audio story, this piece describes the legal and political obstacles facing Haitians in the Dominican Republic. It appeared in the fall 2006 issue of the Amnesty International magazine.

Nueva York (Part One)
This documentary short, made in 2007 by EAB Media Coordinator Charles Bergman, profiles the Puntiels, a Dominican immigrant family that followed the well-traversed path from the Dominican countryside to New York. Includes footage from EAB partner community Franco Bidó. Part one of two, 9:35.

Nueva York (Part Two)
Part two of two, 9:44.

Centro de Estudios Sociales Padre Juan Montalvo, SJ
This Jesuit-run institution, based in Santo Domingo, is an excellent resource for social analysis in the DR, with reports that examine topics such as Dominican civil society and local development. In Spanish.

Onè Respe
A partner organization of EAB, Onè Respe’s seeks “to explore collective possibilities and expressions that permit us to overcome prejudice, racism and discrimination.” Its periodic human-right bulletin, El Viralata, and other publications offer valuable insight into social realities in the DR.