In 2003 Connecticut made history again to be the first state where HALEC was incorporated. For many decades, immigrants have been welcomed to US. Haiti, probably by its geographical position, is one of many countries benefiting greatly from this emersion.
Haitians live in Connecticut primarily in Fairfield County (Stamford, Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stratford, Trumbull, Ansonia, and Derby). Because of the economical pressure, higher cost of living, a good portion of them have relocated to New Haven County (New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Waterbury and Hartford County where housing market is more affordable.
Haitians in Connecticut are well known as good citizens in all aspects, most of them even work two jobs to support their family here and in Haiti. They contribute so much to the US economy and to the state of Connecticut well being as well. They call us hard working people, and Haitians are visible especially where labor is manual and intense in places such as restaurants and hotels. Also, there are greatly present in factory as assembly workers; in transportation as cab drivers and bus drivers. Some are more fortunate than others, and those have made the sacrifice to obtain a college education considered as unique tools to endeavor a professional career in Medical, engineering, management, services, law and small business ownership. Despite our enormous contribution to the Connecticut economy, we think we still can not have a fair portion from the social, economical and political aspirations in the state of Connecticut.
The major reason is the fact we have a lack of unity among ourselves, we don't have leaders to guide us and fight for us as a community. As a result, our basic and fundamental issues (immigration, job opportunities, college education) remain unsolved because we have no one who represents us at the decision making level to address our needs. This organization has answered and will answer many of questions, HALEC will guide us, will fight for us and HALEC-CT chapter under the leadership of HALEC national board of directors understand that the unification of all Haitians in Connecticut under one umbrella is not only a priority but a must.
As a community, we must work together, vote together and support each other in order to obtain our social, political, economical prosperities that are what America is all about. The Connecticut chapter understands that we must engage ourselves in the political process that includes voter registration campaign, voter's education, conducting town hall meeting, lobbying candidates, providing logistical support to our people at the Election Day to vote together the candidate(s) who reflects our aspirations. This way will be certain our issues are part of each candidate's agenda at every political level within the state of Connecticut.
Please join us to make a strong Haitian-American community in the great state of Connecticut.
For more information about how to join HALEC or to make donation, please contact us: 110 Wheeler Ave
Bridgeport CT 06606
CT Board Members- 2007-2008
Dieudonné Antoine, Acting State Administrator
Pierre D'Haiti, Board Member
Gerard Gabriel, Advisor
Remy Sanon, Advisor
Naomie Trofort, Secretary
Vaillant Domingue, Advisor