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Haiti: information resources for relief and TPS
January 28, 2010

Updated January 28, 2010
Requesting Waiver of Fees for TPS Applicants

(Washington, D.C.) Jan 28, 2010 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a fact sheet on the process of requesting a waiver of fees for applicants seeking Temporary Protected Status. Download a PDF of the fact sheet here.


Posted January 25, 2010

(Washington, D.C.) Jan. 25, 2010 - In the wake of designating that Haitians in the U.S. are eligible for TPS, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has several pages of information available for people interested in learning more about applying for Temporary Protected Status.

Learn about the meaning of and reasons for TPS here.

For more information about Haitian Relief Measures, visit this page.

The technology community has been trying to build tools to help non-governmental groups pitch in on disaster relief. Two sites in particular are:
 
We Have We Need, a “Craigslist” for donations expressly set up for Haiti relief. People who want to donate supplies/aid, and NGOs working in Haiti who need supplies/aid, can meet up here: http://wehaveweneed.org/ 

Ushahidi has been one of the organizations behind the 4636 text messaging system that allows people inside and outside Haiti to report emergencies, and they also collect other important information about what is happening on the ground:
http://haiti.ushahidi.com/reports  
 
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has received several offers of donations consisting of clothing, food and blankets. While we certainly appreciate these offers, it is simply not possible for us to accept them. The best way to help is to donate financially to organizations such as JRS/USA responding to the disaster. 
 
Cash allows relief professionals to procure exactly what is needed in a disaster situation and ensure that donations are culturally, dietary, and environmentally appropriate. Cash donations do not use up other scarce resources, such as transportation, staff time or warehouse space. As needed, cash can also be transferred quickly to where needed, helping bolster the economy of the disaster-stricken region.



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