Visiting the Haitian-American Community in New York
The center will open its doors on Monday, February 1 and provide a number of services, including:
- Creole-speaking interpretation services
- Assistance with completing Temporary Protected Status applications
- Access to telephones to contact appropriate federal and Haitian officials
- Public use of computers for consulting a broad range of websites, including New York State's Registry of New York Citizens in Haiti;
- Child guardianship and custody services
- Legal assistance
- Mental health services
Before heading to the airport, I took the opportunity to discuss the impact of the earthquakes on Haitians and their families in the United States during an interview on Radyo Pa Nou, a Haitian-American radio station headquartered in New York City. I discussed how Haitians can get help with TPS applications and answered questions from the Haitian community. I'm glad I had the opportunity to speak to people affected by this tragedy and I promise that USCIS will continue to do its best to help them.
Update: The USCIS website now offers videos on TPS for Haitians in Creole, French and English.