Haiti Earthquake

Please donate any money you can. It is a terribly chaotic situation. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams already working on medical projects in Haiti have treated hundreds of people injured in the quake and have been setting up clinics in tents to replace their own damaged medical facilities. Paul McPhun, MSFs operations manager for Haiti, described the current situation for MSF teams on the ground during a press conference on January 13.

Please give to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières; all three of their primary medical centers have collapsed, but they have already set up temporary shelters and are offering emergency care on the ground.

Also, please sign the petition asking President Obama to grant “Temporary Protected Status” for Haitian refugees, something that’s offered to victims of war or disaster from countries including El Salvador, Honduras, Somalia and Sudan. The White House just announced that it was “pausing” the deportation of Haitian refugees, but this doesn’t grant them the legal protections needed to shield them from indefinite detention and forcible deportation. To refuse to give them Temporary Protected Status in the wake of the present disaster would be irresponsible and immoral.

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