Immigrants And Refugees

Haitian Response Initiative

“Catholic Charities is honored and excited to partner with long-standing community organizations serving newly arrived Haitians in building much needed and overdue legal support and outreach.”

-Mario Russell, Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services of Catholic Charities Community Services

Haitians Helping Haitians

The Haitian Response Initiative is a collaboration between Immigrant & Refugee Services, Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York; NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and seven Haitian-led community-based organizations (CBOs) in New York City to provide culturally and linguistically responsive services to newly arrived Haitian immigrant New Yorkers. Services include robust know-your-rights presentations, legal consultations and assistance with Temporary Protected Status applications as well as other humanitarian relief, and representation in removal proceedings. Our CBO partners are:

• Caribbean Women’s Health Association
• Diaspora Community Service
• Flanbwayan Literacy Project
• Haitian American Community Coalition
• Haitian Americans United for Progress
• Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees
• Life of Hope



Calls per day received by the ActionNYC hotline and 2 dedicated Creole-speaking operators


Families receiving direct assistance through the Haitian Response Initiative


Pro Bono Volunteer Advocates – leveraging our network to meet representation needs

Nou Pale Kreyole (We Speak Creole)

Haitian Response Initiative (HRI) [Inisyativ Repons Ayisyen (HRI)] se yon pwogram ayisyen pou Ayisyen. Pwogram lan depann de oratè kreyòl natif natal pandan chak entèraksyon avèk kominote imigran ayisyen an; kòmanse ak randevou konsiltasyon an Jiska reprezantasyon legal devan tribinal imigrasyon an, imigran yo ap travay avèk anplwaye ayisyen e avoka ayisyen. Si ou vle kontakte nou pou sèvis, tanpri rele ActionNYC nan 1-800-354-0365 nenpòt ki lè Lendi-Vandredi 9:00 am-6:00 pm epi mande Inisyativ Repons Ayisyen an.

How to Access Services

The Haitian Response Initiative is a program by Haitians for Haitians. The program relies on native Creole speakers during every interaction with the Haitian immigrant community; from scheduling a consultation appointment to legal representation, migrants will work with Haitian staff and attorneys. To contact us for services, please call the ActionNYC Hotline at 1-800-354-0365 anytime Monday-Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm and ask for the Haitian Response Initiative.

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