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July 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17) released the following statement following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse:

“I am horrified to learn of the assassination of President Moïse of Haiti. While many questions remain to be answered, it is clear that Haiti is in the midst of a deepening humanitarian and political crisis that demands action. To start, the Biden Administration should immediately honor my request, in a letter signed by 30 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, that it establish a process to return individuals unjustly deported from the U.S. to Haiti, including my constituent Paul Pierrilus.

As someone who grew up in, and now represents, one of the largest Haitian-American communities in the country, I want Haiti and its people to know peace, and I’ll continue working to make that happen. In the meantime, my team and I are closely monitoring the situation and stand ready to assist any constituents impacted by this crisis in any way that we can.”

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.