Immigration Rights and Services Manual now in Creole

New York City to release Haitian Creole Immigrant Rights and Services manual


In acknowledgement of the Haitian immigrant community and their contributions to the building of New York City (NYC), Controller Scott Stringer has issued a Haitian Créole version of the Immigration Rights and Services (IRS) manual.

At a media event held at Flatbush Caton Market, Stringer announced the news in the presence of Haitian Council Member, Mathieu Eugene, and Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte. Other Haitian and Caribbean civic and government representatives were also there.

The IRS manual is 70 pages of resources in areas of health, legal, social, and education. It also includes information on public benefits, voting, and civic participation. IRS is an important tool for Haitian immigrants newly arrived to the metropolis, and will be distributed to immigrant communities in five NYC boroughs.

Bichotte praised Stringer for his commitment to the Haitian community. She said, not only has Stringer recalled the little-known history of how Haitian immigrants helped to build NYC, but also how he has appointed many Haitian Creoles to be on his staff. Both Bichotte and Eugene say IRS is of great value to them because they can more easily help a greater number of their constituent base to succeed in navigating the services and resources of NYC.

CUNY University Vice Chair for International Student Affairs, Emelyn Fernandez, commented in a press release ". . . Equal access to education and . . . city resources is the first step towards . . . socioeconomic growth of our immigrant communities."

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