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Lawyers for Trayvon Martin travel to Haiti

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Benjamin L. Crump
“My initial feeling of pity has moved to admiration for the resilience of the [Haitian] people.” – National Bar Association President Benjamin L. Crump led a delegation to Haiti as part of the association’s International Affiliates Meetings
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The President of the U.S. National Bar Association (NBA), Benjamin L. Crump, led a high level delegation to Haiti on Tuesday as part of the association’s International Affiliates Meeting. Many will remember Mr. Crump and his team for advocating for the families of unarmed slain black youth in America, including Trayvon Martin.

Mr. Crump spoke of the trip to Haiti before his departure saying, “as the first Black republic in our history in 1804, it is critical that we continue to build our cross cultural bonds between Haiti and the United States.” He continued to say, “we are committed to support our professional peers in Haiti and assisting with their pursuit of great peace, security, rule of law and economic prosperity.”

Michelle-Austin Pamies speaks with President Jocelerme Privert
Trip coordinator, Michelle-Austin Pamies speaks with Haiti President Jocelerme Privert

A day into the delegation’s arrival, the delegation was offered a cocktail and welcome at the Kinam Hotel where the President of the Republic, Jocelerme Privert, Prime Minister, Enex Jean-Charles, and Minister of Justice, Junior Camille Edouard, recieved them.

During his speech, the president Privert praised the work that realizes the association in black America, and now in Haiti. He emphasized that the visit of the delegation coincides with the celebration of the flag, before extending the scope of the acquisition of Haitian independence.

The members of the delegation were very pleased with the reception, including the fact that the highest authorities of the country had taken the time to participate in the welcome cocktail. But the proverbial Haitian hospitality did not stop there.

President Privert accompanied the delegation to Quatier Latin after the cocktail where they ate together. He took the opportunity to spend time with each group of the delegation at their respective tables, which allowed him to meet those of them who did not attend the cocktail.

Before leaving for Cuba, the NBA delegation will meet with members of the Haitian Bar and the nation’s Supreme Court and hold working meetings with the two. They will also visit the Citadel, referred to as one of the eight wonders of the world and a United Nations World Heritage Site.

In an interview while in Haiti, NBA President Benjamin Crump stressed the need for the black American community supports Haiti by return of elevator, saw the contribution of Haiti in the emancipation of blacks worldwide.

Mr. Crump also said that after having observed the Haitians in their living space, his initial feeling of pity has moved into admiration for the resilience of the people to whom nature and leaders had not always been benevolent.

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Post source : South Florida News, Le National

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Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.