U.S. State Department Representative Travels to the Dominican Republic and Haiti

Starting today until March 17th, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Kenneth Merten is visiting the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The objective of the visit by the American diplomat is to further U.S. government support for strong partnerships in the Hemisphere and stable regional economies. In the Dominican Republic, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Merten will meet with senior government officials

Message of Condolence from the Embassy of the United States Following the Death of Former Haitian President René Préval

It is with deep sadness that the U.S. Embassy in Haiti has learned of the death of former Haitian President René Préval. We extend our condolences to President Préval’s family, the Haitian people, and all those who mourn his passing. Following both of his presidential terms, President Préval oversaw peaceful transitions of power to his successors, demonstrating his dedication to

Consular Section Holds Informational Session on the Visa Application Process

Today the Embassy’s Consular section held an informational session for 20 internet café owners and employees at the U.S. Embassy. The goal of the event was to better explain the visa application process, make applying for visas easier for all involved, and ensure that applications are as well-prepared as possible. Like several other countries, the United States has adopted an

U.S. Statement on Haiti’s Presidential Inauguration

Mark Toner Acting Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC   The United States congratulates President Jovenel Moïse on his inauguration as the 58th president of Haiti, following an extended electoral period and the additional challenge of recovery from Hurricane Matthew. The Haitian people deserve to have democratically elected leaders.  Today’s inauguration of a democratically elected president allows Haiti to

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Haiti to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Jovenel Moïse

President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Haiti to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Jovenel Moïse on February 7, 2017 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Honorable Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State, will lead the delegation.   Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable

USAID Announces A New Partnership For A Biomedical Equipment System In Haiti

REPARE Project will launch a certification program for Haitian Technicians   Port-au-Prince, January 17, 2017-  Addressing a critical need for the healthcare of Haitians, USAID, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the General Electric (GE) Foundation, and St. Boniface Haitian Foundation signed a partnership to train Haitian biomedical engineering technicians to fix and maintain life-saving equipment through Reparation Pou Amelyore Ekipman Medikal,

Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy

Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, which was put in place more than twenty years ago and was designed for a different era.  Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter

HAITI: Provisional Electoral Council Publishes Final Presidential Election Results

Today, Haiti reached another benchmark toward completion of its electoral process. Publication of final presidential results represents a positive step for the full restoration of Haiti’s democratic institutions in 2017. We congratulate President-elect Jovenel Moïse on his first-round victory and look forward to working closely with him as we strengthen our longstanding partnership with Haiti. We urge all actors to

President Obama’s Message to Interim President Jocelerme Privert on the Commemoration of the 213th Independence of Haiti

Dear Mr. Interim President: On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Haiti on commemorating the 213th anniversary of your nation’s independence on January 1.  Haiti has an historic place in the shared struggle for independence in the Western Hemisphere.  The United States continues its steadfast support for a future of democracy and increased economic

Statement by Secretary John Kerry Haiti National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate Haiti and its citizens on this day of national celebration as Haiti marks the 213th anniversary of its independence. Nearly one million people in the United States are of Haitian ancestry.  Our shared pride in that heritage resulted this year in the designation of Little Haiti

The United States Provides‎ Financial Assistance to Support Haitian Elections after Hurricane Matthew

No. 2016/57 Hurricane Matthew’s widespread destruction resulted in an unanticipated, urgent, and considerable need to rehabilitate voting centers and roads in the affected regions of southwestern Haiti. As a result, the U.S. Government will provide financial support to United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to support a timely and transparent election process. We are encouraged by the many improvements

United States Government Assistance to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

After the destruction and loss caused by Hurricane Matthew, the United States government has responded to help the people of Haiti.  In full support of the Government of Haiti’s response strategy, a civilian team of over fifty U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) disaster response experts is working hand-in-hand with Haitians and NGOs throughout the south to deliver an initial

Statement By Secretary Johnson On Haiti

Release Date: October 12, 2016 For Immediate Release DHS Press Office Contact: 202-282-8010 On September 22, I announced that we would resume removals of Haitian nationals in accordance with our existing enforcement priorities. This means we will prioritize the removal of individuals, including Haitian nationals, recently apprehended at or between ports of entry. That has not changed in light of

Statement by U.S. Ambassador Peter F. Mulrean Upon the Arrival of the First Airlift Flight Of Relief Materials for the Victims of Hurricane Matthew

I am honored to be here with Provisional President Privert for the arrival of the first shipments of humanitarian relief supplies from the United States.  What you see behind us is one of five 747 cargo plane deliveries of more than 480 metric tons of supplies to help an estimated 100,000 people. I accompanied Provisional President Privert on a flight

All non-immigrant and immigrant visa applicants who missed their appointments during the U.S. Embassy closure have been rescheduled

All non-immigrant and immigrant visa applicants who missed their appointments during the U.S. Embassy closure have been rescheduled. We are reaching out to all applicants over email or SMS text message to inform you of your new appointment date. Please check your email, spam filter, and phone messages. Should you need to reach us or have questions, please contact us

Statement regarding the postponement of the MASSIMADI Festival

The U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince deeply regrets the circumstances leading to the postponement of the MASSIMADI Festival and condemns discrimination, intimidation and threats of violence in any form. Haiti has a long tradition of tolerance and has undertaken international commitments to respect the rights of all individuals.  The United Statessupports the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all

Statement by Secretary Johnson Concerning His Directive to Resume Regular Removals to Haiti

Following the tragic January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) temporarily ceased removing Haitian nationals to Haiti.  On April 1, 2011, ICE announced the resumption of removals on a limited basis of Haitians with final orders of removal and convicted of a serious crime, or who posed a national security threat. Since that time, the situation


The 5-year AKSYON program will provide malnutrition screening and referral services to 2 million people, with a special emphasis on women and children under 5.  Port-au-Prince, Haiti (September 19, 2016)— The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces a new 5-year, USD 18 million, nutrition program entitled AKSYON, which stands for Aksyon Kominote nan Sante pou Ogmante Nitrisyon. AKSYON aims

United States Embassy Congratulates our Haitian Law Enforcement Partners on Illegal Arms Seizure

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the seizure of illegal arms by the Haitian National Police and Haitian authorities at the port of St. Marc on September 8, 2016.  We continue to work closely with American and Haitian authorities to pursue the criminals involved and to combat the traffic of illegal weapons into Haiti. The United States is committed to continuing our

U.S. Ambassador Mulrean and DG Timothé of the Ministry of Health Visit Martissant Community Clinic to Distribute Zika Prevention Kits to Pregnant Wome

On Friday, September 2, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Peter Mulrean, and the Director General of the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP), Dr. Gabriel Timothé, visited the USAID-supported Martissant Community Clinic to participate in the distribution of Zika prevention kits to pregnant women in their first trimester. Responding to a request by the Ministry of Public Health, the

Haiti Special Coordinator Merten Travel to Haiti

Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten travels to Haiti, July 21, to further U.S. government support for credible and fair elections in Haiti and to discuss the urgent need for elected representatives at all levels of government.  Haiti Special Coordinator Merten will meet with members of the Provisional Electoral Council and other stakeholders key to a return of constitutional order in

Ambassador Peter Mulrean Visits Hopital St. Boniface in Fond-des-Blancs

On Wednesday, July 29, 2016, Ambassador Peter Mulrean, accompanied by USAID Mission Director Jene Thomas, and a team of experts from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visited St. Boniface Hospital (HSB), in Fond-des-Blancs, South Department. During their visit, they met with the President and CEO of St. Boniface

The Embassy of the United States Strongly Condemns Armed Attacks

The Embassy of the United States strongly condemns the armed attacks against several businesses in Port au Prince during the evening of 23-24 June.  It urges national authorities to investigate these acts and to prosecute those responsible. The Embassy calls on all Haitian actors to remain calm and to avoid acts which could contribute to instability. To ensure stability, the

For the First Time, Two Young Haitians Enter the «United States Coast Guard International Cadet Program»

On Thursday, June 9, 2006, during a ceremony held at the U.S. Embassy, the U.S Ambassador to Haiti, Mr. Peter F. Mulrean, in the presence of Haitian government officials including the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Camille Edouard Junior and the Director of the Haitian National Police (HNP), Michel-Ange Gédéon, salutes the admission of two young Haitians Naissa Lindsey

Statement by Mark C. Toner, Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department on the electoral process in Haiti

The United States regrets the decision by the Provisional Electoral Council to restart the presidential elections from the first round. This will increase time and resources needed to complete the 2015 electoral process and further delay installation of a constitutionally elected president. The Haitian people deserve to have their voices heard, not deferred. The United States regrets that the electoral

US Government Scales Up Response to Drought in Haiti

Nearly $22 Million in Emergency Relief Port-au-Prince. April 15, 2016 The US Embassy announced more funding for the ongoing needs of Haitian households suffering from the effects of the El Nino-induced drought, bringing US contributions to $21.9 million USD over the last six months. US Ambassador Peter Mulrean reiterated that: “The US stands steadfast with Haitian families to provide for

U.S. Response to the Drought in Haiti

The US Government is actively intervening to mitigate the impact of the ongoing drought induced by a prolonged El Niño event, and, in fact, has been working since the Haitian Government’s CNSA issued an alert and appeal in October 2015. At stake is food security and nutrition for an estimated 1.5 million Haitians. Our early response has involved: Working to assess

The Embassy of the United States welcomes the election by the National Assembly of Jocelerme Privert as Provisional President of Haiti

The Embassy of the United States welcomes the election by the National Assembly of Jocelerme Privert as Provisional President of Haiti.  This is the first step in implementing the accord signed February 5 by the President of the Republic and the Presidents of the two Chambers of Parliament, to ensure continued governance and the conclusion of the 2015 electoral process. The

Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson, on the Electoral Process in Haiti

Agreement on a Way Forward for Governance and Elections in Haiti The United States welcomes the agreement by Executive and Legislative authorities in Haiti to ensure the continuity of governance and the completion of the ongoing electoral process. Echoing the Core Group statement of February 6, we trust “that all actors will keep the best interests of Haiti and its

State of the Union Address 2016

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union.  And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.  I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa. I also understand that because it’s an election

Counselor Thomas Shannon Travel to Haiti

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State, will travel to Haiti January 6. He will be accompanied by Haiti Special Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Secretary Kenneth Merten. Their visit takes place in the context of ongoing efforts in Haiti to complete the electoral process. The elections will allow a new government and parliament to address the other

Declaration from the US Government following the creation of the Independent Electoral Evaluation Commission

The U.S. Government takes note of the creation of the Independent Electoral Evaluation Commission and reitarates our support for a transparent and credible electoral process. In view of Haiti’s constitutional requirement that a new president be inaugurated on February 7, the USG calls on all actors to work together towards the goal of holding peaceful, credible elections in a timely

Haiti Special Coordinator, Kenneth Merten, Meeting Leaders in Port-au-Prince and Engaging Stakeholders in Anse-à-Pitres

Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten arrived in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, December 3, for consultations with a range of political, business, civil society, and international community leaders.  In his meetings, Special Coordinator Merten emphasized the United States’ support for fair and inclusive elections. Special Coordinator Merten urged all parties to work together to ensure that elections being organized are peaceful and credible.

U.S. Coast Guard Seeks Candidates for International Cadet Program

The U.S. Coast Guard, through the U.S. Embassy of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is seeking candidates for a special International Cadet Program available to outstanding single Haitian men and women between the ages of 17 to 23. This is a rigorous four-year program in the United States and candidates will return to Haiti and serve in the Haitian National Police, including the

Ambassador Peter F. Mulrean

Peter F. Mulrean was nominated for Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti by President Obama.  He presented his credentials in Haiti on October 6, 2015. Most recently, Mr. Mulrean served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland where he managed a diverse portfolio across many agencies.  Known as an expert on

Kenneth H. Merten, Haiti Special Coordinator

Kenneth Merten has been serving as the Haiti Special Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Haiti in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs since August 17, 2015. Since April 2016, he assumed responsibility as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Canadian Affairs in the same Bureau. A two-time Ambassador, he was most recently the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, from

DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification

WASHINGTON—Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S.and to promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Haiti to the United States. Under this programU.S. Citizenship and Immigration

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