The Haitian American Caucus (HAC) is a driving coalition, a movement to improve the lives of the Haitian-American community and its allies. The Haitian motto is, “L'union fait la force,” which translates to, “In unity, there is strength.” Many organizations act alone to bring power to the powerless, however HAC believes the time has come to unify for a greater tomorrow.
We strive to become the “Google” for the Haitian communities in the U.S. and abroad, to assist and provide all types of services to the Haitian communities. The Haitian and Haitian-American communities is a strong and growing community full of strength and potential, however, what we need is a common ground to come together and unite for one cause. HAC will work as the glue to bond the communities together and start this much needed movement.
There is a Haitian saying “Men anpil, shay pa lou” which can translate to “with many hands, the load is not heavy”. HAC believes that with enough qualified hands, the work load for a better, more established Haitian-American community, domestically, as well as in our home country, is not far away.
The Haitian American Caucus is a young and vibrant organization dedicated for the betterment of our local, regional, national and international community of Haitian-Americans.
HAC was founded by the vision of Samuel M. Pierre, Samuel K. Darguin and Jeff Lindor in 2009.
Mr. Pierre, Mr. Darguin and Mr. Lindor envisioned an organization that is well-positioned to bring information to a community oblivious of their power and strength. Communities located in New York, New Jersey, Boston and Florida as well as throughout the United States, for a long time, were not aware of the power they hold together if united as one community rather than individual sub-units.
Prior to the first quarter of 2010, HAC focused primarily on bringing information to the community and making sure they were informed of the Health benefits available to them.
We start you from very young…
" Mwen jwenn yo jwe ak zanmi m 'ak aprann lèt mwen chak jou nan lekòl pi renmen m' yo."
— Natalie Francois
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake rocked the already impoverished island of Haiti. Hundreds of thousands lost their lives and even more were left without a home and without basic needs such as toiletries, water, food and shelter. Immediately after the earthquake, HAC put together a relief clinic for the local Brooklyn community where Haitian families were able to make phone calls to family members in Haiti through a partnership with T-Mobile.
We also had a local chapter of the American Red Cross on site offering grief counselingand other services to family members of victims in Haiti. We also set up media stations with computers and scanners to upload pictures of missing family members and loved ones online to CNN-ireport and other media networks. 100% of the money collected that night was given to the American Red Cross for their work in Haiti. HAC did not receive a dime of these efforts for Haiti.
Our reward were the smiles off the face of parents when they reached their children, mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles on the phone and the tears that flowed from their eyes when those family members said “I am okay, I am alive.”