Archive for Orphan

Jailed Missionaries return from Haiti and tell their story

Posted in Haiti with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2010 by saynsumthn

Haiti parents testify they gave kids to Americans

Posted in Haiti with tags , , , , , , , on February 10, 2010 by saynsumthn

2/10/2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A lawyer for 10 U.S. missionaries detained in Haiti says parents of the children they’re suspected of kidnapping told a judge they freely handed over their kids.

Aviol Fleurant argues the parents’ testimony means no law was broken and “we can’t talk any more about trafficking of human beings.”

Fleurant said Tuesday he’s “confident” the judge will dismiss the case.

Prosecutors are to make their final argument Wednesday on whether to pursue the charges.

The Americans are accused of trying to take 33 children into the neighboring Dominican Republic without proper documentation.

The Baptist missionaries say they were heading to a Dominican orphanage following Haiti’s devastating quake, and had only good intentions.

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Motion Filed to Bring Imprisoned American Home from Haiti

Jim Allen’s Wife Pleads for Safe Return

Contact: Jennifer Grisham, Director of Media, Liberty Legal Institute, 972-941-4453, media@libertylegal.org

DALLAS, Feb. 10 /Christian Newswire/ — Today, attorneys filed a motion asking for the release of Jim Allen, a Texan who is imprisoned in Haiti with nine Baptists who were in the Caribbean country to assist relief victims after last month’s devastating earthquake there. Mr. Allen, a construction worker and small business owner from Amarillo, Texas, joined the team 48 hours before the group’s departure in an attempt to lend his construction expertise in the rebuilding efforts, and has been held, along with the others, by Haitian authorities since January 29.

“Jim is an honest, hard-working American who just wanted to help those in need,” said Lisa Allen, Jim Allen’s wife, who was allowed to speak with her husband yesterday for the first time since he was detained 13 days ago. “Jim was invited to go with a group from Idaho just a couple of days before they left. He felt compelled to use his skills to help complete a temporary orphanage for those who had lost everything.”

Mr. Allen has been before a Haitian judge a number of times, but until yesterday had not been allowed to speak with his attorneys in the United States. Attorneys for the Allen family sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week asking for her involvement to get Mr. Allen home.

“Jim Allen is an upstanding American with a good heart trying to help rebuild a devastated country,” said Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel of Liberty Legal Institute, a non-profit legal firm that is helping the Allen family. “We believe that when the facts of this case are revealed, our client will be released. We’re working hard to make that happen.”

Invited by a cousin in Idaho to join the team, Mr. Allen jumped at the chance to help. “He had been talking for years about wanting to help relief efforts,” said his wife, who has been particularly concerned with Jim’s well-being while in a Haitian prison since he suffers from a medical condition for which he takes medication.

“We hope and pray that the State Department is doing everything it can to get all these Americans, in particular Jim Allen, home,” said Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Legal Institute. “We have faith that the Haitian judge will do the right thing after Jim’s facts come to light.”

Liberty Legal Institute has set up a website to help with Jim Allen’s legal defense at http://www.BringJimHome.com. Jim’s Haitian counsel is Louis Gary Lissade, who previously served as Haitian Minister of Justice. Mr. Lissade filed today’s motion on Jim Allen’s behalf.

Liberty Legal Institute is a legal organization committed to the defense of First Amendment rights and practices before the U.S. Supreme Court.

For questions or interviews, please contact Jennifer Grisham, director of media, at 972.941.4453 or media@libertylegal.org.