Wednesday, October 27, 2021
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Watch on Watson's YouTube channel.
A panel discussion on recent developments in Haitian migration.
Nicole Phillips is legal director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, a nonprofit community organization that advocates for fair and humane immigration policies and connects migrants with humanitarian, legal, and social services, with a particular focus on Black migrants, the Haitian community, women, LGBTQ+ individuals and survivors of torture and other human rights abuses. She is also an adjunct professor at UC Hastings College of the Law. Ms. Phillips has been certified as an expert witness on country conditions in Haiti in dozens of U.S. immigration cases and has appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and several United Nations human rights bodies on a variety of issues. Based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from 2010 to 2018, Ms. Phillips worked on high profile human rights litigation and advocacy campaigns as a staff attorney with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (“IJDH”), and also taught at a Haitian law school. Ms. Phillips regularly provides legal and human rights analysis to U.S. and international media.
Laura Wagner is the team lead for Haitian Creole at Respond Crisis Translation. She is also a nonfiction writer, novelist, anthropologist, and archivist. Laura is currently writing a book about the history and legacy of Radio Haïti-Inter, Haiti’s most prominent independent radio station. She is grateful to have the opportunity to provide a concrete and useful service for Haitian asylum seekers and migrants and the organizations that work with them.