Task Force in Acre, Brazil, To Address Situation of Haitian Refugees

Posted on April 15, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Haiti, Health, Human Rights Latin America, Social Issues

On April 15, 2013, Agência Brasil reported that a task force has been launched in the Brazilian state of Acre to help 1,400 displaced Haitians. They entered the country after the 2010 Haitian earthquakes. According to the federal Minister of Justice Paulo Abrão, the task force is divided into three teams. The first will address the refugees’ documentation, helping them to gain the paperwork necessary to stay and work in Brazil. The second team will attend to the refugees’ humanitarian needs, such as food and shelter. The third team will work to find jobs for the Haitians, both in and out of the state of Acre. Abrão added that Brazil has a “specific responsibility” to help these people.  Read Article

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