Haitian Lives Matter: The March in Miami

It was a typical hot, bright afternoon in Miami when I heard shouting and horns honking. I went out to my balcony and saw a large crowd in the middle of the road, a slowly moving collection of individuals donned in red and blue. A police car was slowly following from behind. I squinted to see a man waving a flag. It was a Haitian flag.

In a nutshell, on June 17th the Dominican Republic set even more practices in motion to begin registering Haitian migrant workers in a short allotted time, immediately putting over 250,000 at risk of deportation. While the laws seem fair on paper, a number of Haitians who abide by them are mistakenly being swept up and deported, including those born on Dominican soil. Due to the racial tension that already exists, many find the new arrests xenophobic and part of a much bigger issue than illegal workers. For a more in-depth look at what's going on I recommend you read this helpful article by the New York Times.

On June 25th Miami didn't march for free drinks, g-strings, or Pitbull. Instead hundreds came together to march from the Haitian consulate to the Dominican consulate to protest the deadline. Thanks to their voices I found my way to them and captured this important moment in local history. 

 

Thanks to these strong, proud people for letting me photograph them.

Stay strong,

-JE