Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Click here for the text and video of the U.S. State Department briefing on the terrible situation in Haiti. The video is just over 28 minutes long and includes a great deal of information. The U.S. Embassy building has remained in tact following the earthquake and aftershocks, and it has become a focal point for U.S. relief efforts. There are many Americans working in Haiti. Persons seeking information on individuals in Haiti can call a special State Department hotline at 1-888-407-4747.
The goal in the first 72 hours is on saving lives. The State Department briefing explains some of the immediate relief efforts being undertaken.
The U.S. government has announced that it will suspend deportations of persons to Haiti. Many persons are calling for the renewal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians in the United States to allow them to remain here longer.