Widlene and Vaden’s Story
Vaden first met Widlene and her mother in the Dominican Republic during a humanitarian visit. They were living as refugees from Haiti. Starting in the 1990’s, Vaden led short-term missions teams of Canadian youth into the DR. He spoke to North Pointe’s young adults in 2000 about his work. He’s a cousin to North Pointe’s Pastor Joey Pilgrim.
When her mother died eight years ago, Widlene was to be moved from the Dominican Republic to Haiti where orphans in her situation are often sold as slaves.
Vaden could not allow this to happen.
In June, 2009, Vaden took guardianship of Widlene and began an official adoption process with the intention of bringing her to Canada later that year.
Setback After Setback
Through a perfect storm of unbelievable circumstances, including natural disasters and changes to country laws, every attempt to relocate back to Canada has failed and Widlene Earle has fallen through the proverbial cracks in the system.
Vaden fully intended to remain in the DR until Widlene turned eighteen when she could legally apply for immigration to Canada.
Unfortunately, Widlene’s situation has greatly and disastrously changed. Widlene is deemed stateless and has no access to human rights on any level.
A Haitian Child in DR
As a Haitian, she is living in a country where Haitians are not welcomed and are targets for exploitation, racism and deportation. As a Dominican born child, Haiti refuses to recognize her as a citizen.
Which brings us to today, and the Canadian government.
Vaden, as a Canadian citizen, is effectively exiled from Canada by virtue of his decision to save the life of a child.
Widlene’s life is now at an increased danger. In addition to an already bad situation, she is a member of the most vulnerable class in the DR as a Haitian female. This area is the prostitution capital of the Caribbean and has the highest concentration of child trafficking in the Western Hemisphere.
There have already been incidents where she has been a target for these atrocities and has narrowly escaped.
Unfortunately, the perpetrators are almost always law enforcement. The normal tactic to lure young Haitian girls is to tell them their choice is “perform sexually” or be deported. Widlene is 12 years old and has already been given this ultimatum by police.
A Tragic Story Of The System Failing
Vaden is lobbying the Canadian government to step up and do the right thing. To bring Widlene home. There is more than enough legal precedence for the Minister of Immigration to make this happen.
He is requesting a temporary resident permit (TRP) to being Widlene into Canada.
Its time to bring Widlene Earle home.
APPLICATION: Learn more about Widlene or sign an online petition here to bring Widlene home. Thank you.
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