Stateless in the Dominican Republic
New York, December 15, 2015—The plight of more than 200,000 people in the Dominican Republic who were stripped of their citizenship two years ago by that nation’s highest court was discussed by two human rights attorneys at Columbia Law School. The newly stateless people were Dominican-born to undocumented Haitian immigrant parents or grandparents, and they now face the threat of forced deportation, leading the lawyers to draw parallels to the current debate in the United States over birthright citizenship.
Cassandre Théano, left, and Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan spoke about
the plight of more than 200,000 Dominican-born Haitians
who were stripped of their citizenship by the Dominican Republic.