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Displacement and Disaster Recovery: Transnational Governance and Socio-legal Issues Following the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Sapat,Alka (Author), Esnard,Ann-Margaret (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
United States: Berkeley Electronic Press
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, United States, Politics and government, Haiti, Social conditions, Business enterprises, Emigrants and immigration, Banks and banking, diaspora, HAITIANS, Equality, Local government, Public policy, Earthquakes, Citizenship, Natural disasters, Payment, Corporations, Nonprofit, School districts, County government
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath have highlighted inherent but understudied transnational governance and socio-legal complexities of disaster recovery and displacement. This paper examines the key transnational governance and socio-legal issues that have arisen in the South Florida region for four distinct groups: (i) displacees and their related legal, social, cultural, and economic issues; (ii) host communities and governance, legal, and monetary complexities associated with compensation payments (e.g., to hospitals for their services to earthquake survivors); (iii) immigrants within the United States and related legalization and citizenship issues; and (iv) diaspora communities and socio-legal issues related to dual citizenship and their ongoing struggles to have a louder voice in the future of Haiti.