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Community Rallies Around Immigrant Families Injured in Sunset Park Fire

Plus: Immigration hearings rescheduled too soon for attorneys to prepare, and a Haitian photographer documents life in NYC

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On October 1st, a devastating fire in the immigrant-heavy Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park left 16 individuals injured, including at least four people with life threatening wounds. Now, community members are fundraising to help those who lost their home get back on their feet. As of Tuesday, more than $10,000 had been raised through various G FundMe accounts. Rodrigo Camarena, who is running to represent District 38 in the New York City Council in 2021, encouraged people to donate, adding that those affected were working class, immigrant families who now “find themselves dealing with severe physical, emotional, and economic losses.” Brooklyn Paper

NY Hearings Scheduled Too Quickly for Immigrants and Attorneys to Prepare 

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New York’s immigration courts have recently been pushing individual hearings forward, but it’s often happening too soon for immigrants and attorneys to properly prepare. Individual hearings, particularly for asylum cases, require rigorous preparation both from immigrants, who must recount traumatic details of their lives for a successful case, and attorneys, who must submit dozens of pages of paperwork and work alongside their clients to equip them for the court date. But now, attorneys are looking up their cases and finding that some hearings that weren’t even on the calendar yet, or were several months away, are supposed to happen in just weeks. Read more at Documented.

Haitian Photographer Documents the Life of Haitian TPS Holders in New York City

Dieu-Nalio Chéry, a Haitian photographer who fled his home country in July after gangs threatened him, has turned to documenting the lives of Haitians who have been residing in New York City since the federal government extended special protections to them under the Temporary Protection Status program. Those who he photographs have been threatened with deportation, and Chéry hoped “to capture their fears and dreams at a moment when they are relieved to be in the United States as Haiti grapples with the continuing upheaval caused by another earthquake and the assassination of the country’s president,” he told the Times. The article highlights the stories of Chéry’s subjects, in their own words. The New York Times

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