Since the beginning of 2015, there have been a series of raids, arrests, extortions, and deportations by Dominican military and Migration Officers in Batey Libertad. Most of these actions have been illegal under Dominican and international law. To keep local and international human rights defenders and the media informed about human rights in the Dominican Republic, Yspaniola writes reports about these illegal activities, which we also share with appropriate government offices.
We write these reports immediately following human rights violations and send them to local partner organizations, international institutions such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Amnesty International, and local military offices.
In the following reports, we use only eyewitness accounts to ensure accuracy, and we have changed the names of those involved to protect their identities. One victim, Wilson Sentimo, a resident of Batey Libertad and a Yspaniola employee, volunteered to have his name used in all reports and interviews.
For any questions or concerns regarding human rights or Yspaniola's involvement, please contact Jonathan DiMaio at firstname.lastname@example.org