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October 30, 2021

Jones welcomed Amb. Edmond to New York’s 17th Congressional District, where they discussed their work and answered constituent questions via Facebook Live

The livestream from the event can be found here; Photos from the event can be found here

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Yesterday, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) welcomed Haitian Ambassador Bocchit Edmond to Spring Valley, NY, where they held a Virtual Town Hall to highlight the work they’ve done on behalf of the Haitian-American community and respond to questions from Jones’ constituents in New York’s 17th Congressional District. 

“I was honored to welcome Haitian Ambassador Bocchit Edmond to New York’s 17th Congressional District,” said Congressman Mondaire Jones. “As someone who grew up in Spring Valley and now represents one of the largest Haitian-American communities in the nation, I’m proud to be a fierce advocate for this community in Congress. From fighting on behalf of Rockland County resident Paul Pierrilus, who was wrongfully deported to Haiti earlier this year, to calling on President Biden to center humanity and dignity in our broken immigration system, I’ve stood up for the people of Haiti, and I’ll keep fighting until they finally know peace. I look forward to working alongside great partners like Ambassador Edmond to do just that.”

As the representative for one of the largest Haitian-American communities in the country, Jones has been a strong advocate for all Haitian-Americans, repeatedly calling on President Biden to halt all deportations to Haiti and successfully getting the Biden Administration to redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status. In January, Jones and his team were instrumental in preventing Rockland County resident Paul Pierrilius from being illegally deported to Haiti, a country where he had never been. Despite these efforts, ICE deported Paul only a couple weeks later. 

"I am deeply humbled by Congressman Jones' commitment to strengthening bilateral relations between the Republic of Haiti and the United States,” said Haitian Ambassador Bocchit Edmond. “As we address the issues around immigration, support for our armed forces to better address internal and external threats is paramount. I look forward to more foreign direct investments (FDI) in the country and the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) renewal during this legislative session. A safer Haiti with more economic opportunities would significantly reduce illegal migration to the U.S."

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.