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Andres Leighton

Dominican of Haitian Descent

Just as Haitian Americans fight prejudice for themselves and their countrymen who wish to immigrate, Haitians in the Dominican Republic face equal or greater prejudice. Until recently undocumented Haitians were denied birth certificates for children born there. In addition to the continuing prejudice against children of Haitian descent, the lack of birth certificate prevented them from attending school past the fifth grade.

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Title: Dominican born of Haitian parents, Claubian Jean Jacques, second right, attends a class at his school in Villa Altagracia, 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 14, 2001; For years, children born to undocumented Haitians in the Dominican Republic were denied birth certificates, making it impossible for them to attend school after the fifth grade; but now, the education secretary has decided to allow undocumented Haitian children to attend secondary school, ending a policy that kept hundreds of children from earning an education.
Source: AP Photo; The Associated Press.
Name: Associated Press () - Copyright Holder
Name: Leighton, Andres () - Photographer
Name: Wide World Photos, Inc. () - Distributor
Location: AP/Wide World Photos [5905574]
Subjects: Discrimination in education
Haitians
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
School children
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