The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting on Monday published a batch of reports on the Dominican Republic and issues arising from that nation’s border with Haiti.
Whitney Phillips examined how the Dominican Republic “has re-written its Constitution, re-interpreted old laws and passed new ones” to deny Haitians birthright citizenship (en Español), Lauren Gilger told the story of pregnant Haitian women crossing over the border to give birth, and Serena Del Mundo described how the island of Hispanola is losing much of its international AIDS funding.
And that’s just the beginning. Phillips, Gilger and Del Mundo are among 17 students from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University who traveled to the Dominican Republic to investigate how immigration and border policies are affecting the country’s large Haitian population. They worked under the direction of Cronkite faculty members Rick Rodriguez, the former executive editor of the Sacramento Bee; and Jason Manning, former political editor for washingtonpost.com.
Every Monday, for the next three weeks, FCIR will publish additional stories from the series “Stateless in the Dominican Republic.”