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Join host Alice Backer of www.kiskeacity.com for a conversation on the recent DR Citizenship Ruling with Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste.
Co-sponsored by HHTARG and Haiti Chérie Pride Love Commitment.
Lionel Jean-Baptiste is currently serving as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge in the State of Illinois. In March of 2011, he was appointed and sworn-in by the Illinois Supreme Court to complete the unexpired term of a judge whose position had become vacant. He subsequently waged a hard-fought campaign to be elected to fill the vacancy and hold on to his seat on the Bench. He was victorious in the Primary Elections of March 2012 by a significant margin over his opponent. In the general elections of November 2012, he ran unopposed and was elected to the judiciary as a full circuit court Judge of Cook County.
His most prized accomplishment is the work he has done as a founding member of the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti which led the fight over the course of 7 years to amend the Haitian Constitution to allow Dual Citizenship lifting one of the most significant barriers to reintegration of the Diaspora. Today, the Congress continues to organize to reintegrate the Diaspora and its resources to develop Haiti.
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