MIAMI–(ENEWSPF)–05 Apr 2010 – The International Rescue Committee will be providing help, hope and a new home for Nadine Devilme, Junior Alexis and their infant daughter Jenny, after the family, separated during the devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti, reunites today in Miami.
The baby girl was two months old when the earthquake struck. She was pulled alive, but with life-threatening injuries, from the rubble of her home in Port-au-Prince days after the quake and was thought to be orphaned. Jenny was evacuated to a Southern Florida medical center for treatment and later brought to a shelter, where she’s been gradually recovering. In the meantime, Devilme and Alexis were searching for their lost baby in Haiti and learned last month that their little girl had survived and was in Florida. DNA tests confirmed Jenny’s identity.
Devilme and Alexis have since been granted humanitarian parole by the US government, enabling them to live in the United States while Jenny continues to receive treatment. With the help of Florida’s Department of Children and Families and local attorneys, including Roberto Martinez, who is also on the IRC’s board, the family will be reuniting in Miami today.
The International Rescue Committee’s branch in Miami has been asked to take the family under its wing. The IRC is currently one of the leading humanitarian aid groups in Haiti assisting vulnerable children and reuniting separated families. It’s also one of the largest refugee resettlement organizations in the United States and has helped thousands of newly arriving refugees, including Haitians, recover and rebuild their lives in the Miami area.
“Our team in Miami will be extending to Nadine, Junior and Jenny the same kind of services that we provide for refugees from conflict zones,” says the IRC’s executive director in Miami, Suzy Cop. “That includes all the basic essentials to get them on their feet – like a furnished apartment, food, clothing, household supplies, English classes and job placement. And our staff will be there for them in the months to come – providing comfort, guidance and a helping hand.”
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