U.S. deportees to Haiti, jailed without cause, face severe risks

U.S. deportees to Haiti, jailed without cause, face severe risks

"When longtime Los Angeles resident Wilberle Vereus arrived in Haiti after being deported from the United States, he was taken to the Petionville jail above Port-au-Prince and placed in a 20-by-10-foot cell along with three other deportees and a group of Haitian prisoners.  Vereus, 22, had committed no crime in Haiti.  “We walked into the jail, and the first thing I smelled was urine,” Vereus said. “They threw us in a jail that had no beds, no toilets, no shower, nothing but just concrete. It had a little toilet bowl that didn’t work that had urine and trash and all that stuff up in there.”  Vereus was only 2 years old when his family fled Haiti on a boat following the 1991 coup d’état of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. But after a U.S. immigration judge sent him to Haiti this year, Vereus found himself back where he was born, in a country he barely knew." - Jacob Kushner, California Watch, Center for Investigative Reporting, Nov. 12, 2011.

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